FINA World League
|Group A||Group B|
|CAN (Canada)||AUS (Australia)|
|NED (Netherlands)||GRE (Greece)|
|HUN (Hungary)||RUS (Russia)|
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Schedule and Results
DAY 1 - 28 June 2010 Free Webcast#1 NED 5 vs. CHN 7 Scoresheet
In the opening game of the Women's FINA World League Super Final, China took on the Netherlands, defeating them 7-5. After the first period of play, Netherlands led 2-1. However, China rallied in the third to take a 2 point lead, 4-6. Netherlands failed to capitalize on a power play in the final minutes of the fourth.
CHN (1, 3, 6, 7) F. Teng 2, Y. Sun 1, J. He 1, A. Gao 1, Y. Wang 1, Y. Chen 1
NED (2, 2, 4, 5) B. Nauhverdian 2, S. Van Der Sloot 1, L. Van Belkum 1, N. Klein 1
"We played a strong game, and it was important to win because China are a young team and to bring the feeling of winning to China." - Juan Jan Giralt, Head Coach, China
"This is the best 9 teams in the world. It's good to play out here. Good atmosphere, good players, good experience for the young players." - Ilse Sindorf, Assistant Coach, Netherland
#2 AUS 12 vs. RUS 8 Scoresheet
Australia's Jane Moran opened the game with a pair of extra man goals to lead her team to a 5-1 first quarter advantage. Russia closed the gap in the third quarter on a goal out of center by Olga Belyaeva. However, Australia answered with a pair of goals to maintain a comfortable lead going into the fourth quarter. The Aussies added three in the fourth to close out a 12-8 victory over Russia.
AUS (5, 7, 9, 12) J. Moran 3, B. Knox 2, R. Webster 2, G. Beadsworth 1, G. Ralph 1, J. Dessauvagie 1, M. Rippon 1, N. Zagame 1
RUS (1, 3, 5, 8) O. Belyaeva 2, N. Glyzina 2, S. Konukh 1, N. Ryzhova-Alenicheva 1, E. Soboleva 1, O. Karpovich 1
"Water was very cold and our girls weren't used to that cold, so their brains were frozen, and we didn't play well." - Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"The top 8 teams in the world are here and to me you're playing to do your best and beat the best, though all of the teams here are all capable of beating each other." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
#3 CAN 11 vs. HUN 9 Scoresheet
Dominique Perreault netted three goals helping to give Canada the edge over Hungary. The teams spent the first half trading goals, ending the half with Canada leading 6-5. The Canadians built on their lead, out scoring Hungary 2-1 in the third. Rita Keszthelyi attempted to boost Hungary in the fourth scoring two goals, but it was not enough as Canada would go on to win the game 11-9.
CAN (3, 6, 8, 11) D. Perreault 3, E. Chikos 2, C. Robinson 2, J. Bekhazi 1, M. Eggens 1, T. Campbell 1, M. Radu 1
HUN (3, 5, 6, 9) G. Szucs 2, O. Takacs 2, R. Keszthelyi 2, D. Kisteleki 1, R. Dravucz 1, I. Toth 1
CAN - R. Riddell 12
HUN - A. Gyongyossy 7
"We made mistakes on both sides, offense and defense. We couldn't win because we had the wrong ideas." - Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
"It's great that we have the top 8 here, there are going to be some tights games. This is really the highest level water polo all year." - Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
#4 GRE 9 vs. USA 11 Scoresheet
Kami Craig scored a hat trick and Lauren Wenger added two goals to lead the United States to a victory in its opening game against Greece. Antigoni Roumpesi scored four for Greece in a losing effort. Elsie Windes and Kami Craig netted back-to-back goals to start the third quarter, extending the Americans' lead to three. The Greeks stormed back to close the gap to one at the beginning of the fourth, only to be put down for good after goals by Maggie Steffens and Lauren Wenger sealed the deal for Team USA.
USA 11 (3, 3, 3, 2) K. Craig 3, L. Wenger 2, A. Dries 1, C. Mathewson 1, T. Gandy 1, M. Steffens 1, L. Silver 1, E. Windes 1
GRE (2, 5, 7, 9) A. Roumpesi 4, K. Liosi 2, A. Asimaki 1, A. Gerolymou 1, T. Manolioudaki 1
USA - Armstrong 13
GRE - Tsouri 9
"We have a group that's pretty new and I think we'll get a lot better as the tournament goes on." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"We want to grow together as a team, learn about each other in and out of the water." - Kami Craig, USA
"Our goal is to get some good games with the best teams, this is a great opportunity." - Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, GRE
DAY 2 - 29 June 2010 Free Webcast
#5 CAN 4 vs. CHN 7 Scoresheet
After winning the initial sprint, China took the lead with a goal by
Huanhuan Ma on the first possession of the game. China managed to
maintain their lead, scoring 4 of their 7 goals on powerplays, two in
the fourth quarter. Canada kept the game close with two goals by Hanna
Yelizarova in the third. However, China's Ao Gao scored twice in the
fourth to solidify their victory.
CAN 4 (1, 1, 3, 4) H. Yelizarova 2, J. Bekhazi 1, D. Perreault 1
CHN 7 (1, 2, 4, 7) A. Gao 2, F. Teng 1, P. Liu 1, J. He 1, L. Zhang 1, H. Ma 1
CAN - Riddell 7
CHN - Yang 12
"I think we beat ourselves this game, we made a lot of mistakes." - Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
"China played very very well. We had a good 6 on 5 percentage. It was an exceptional day, it's not normal for China to beat Canada, but we are rising slowly to the top." - Juan Jane Giralt, Head Coach, China
#6 GRE 17 vs. RUS 15 Scoresheet
Greece took down Russia in a shootout after denying the Russians on an
extra-man chance in the final minute of play. With Greece leading for
the majority of the first three quarters, Russia scored back-to-back
goals late in the fourth to take a one-goal lead. Greece, however,
quickly responded and tied the game with 1:31 left in the fourth
quarter on a goal out of center by Alexandra Asimaki, her second of
the game. Greece's Maria Tsouri set the tone early in the shootout,
blocking Russia's Evgeniya Ivanova and Evgenia Soboleva before
Angeliki Gerolymou put in the winner for the Greeks.
GRE 17 (3, 3, 2, 1, 4) A. Gerolymou 4, K. Liosi 2, A. Asimaki 2, A. Roumpesi 2, A. Avramidou 1, T. Manolioudaki 1
RUS 15 (3, 2, 3, 5, 2) E. Ivanova 4, N. Ryzhova-Alenicheva 3, E. Prokofyeva 2, E. Tankeeva 2, E. Soboleva 1, A. Ustyukhina 1
GRE - Tsouri 9
RUS - Ustyukhina 9
"It was our second game, and we still didn't play well, but the water was better." - Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"[The game] wasn't good on defense, but it was good offense. Every win against Russia is very important because they are a very good team, gold medal winners. It's good to give us courage." - Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, Greece
#7 NED 14 vs. HUN 15 Scoresheet
Hungary beat the Netherlands in a shootout after goalie Orsolya Kaso
blocked Nienke Vermeer's attempt in the second round of shooters.
Each of the five shooters for both teams converted their first five
attempts, and Dora Kisteleki put in the winner for her fifth goal of
the match. Yasemin Smith tied the game for the Netherlands at 8
apiece with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into a
shootout. Hungary took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter following
back-to-back goals by Dora Kisteleki to start the game, and held a
three goal lead early in the third quarter. However, the Dutch
stormed back and scored the final two goals of the game to send it
into a shootout.
HUN 15 (4,2,1,1,7) D. Kisteleki 5, O. Takacs 2, R. Keszthelyi 2, A. Valkai 2, G. Szucs 1, R. Dravucz 1, I. Toth 1, B. Bujka 1.
NED 14 (1,2,2,3,6) M. Cabout 4, Y. Smit 3, Van Belkum 3, S. Van Der Sloot 2, J. Cabout 1, N. Vermeer 1. (7-6 pen)
HUN- Kaso 7
NED- Van Der Meijden 5
"We led the whole game except the last thirty seconds because we had big trouble and I don't understand why but my goalkeeper saved the game. In the second half of the game, we had very weak and very crazy attacks and I told them to take it easy, and we shot at the end of the attack time and I don't know why." - Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
"When we were four goals less, the team did not go crazy and they believed, elieved, believed, into the last section." - Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
#8 AUS 14 vs. USA 15 Scoresheet
In the third shootout of the day, the USA topped Australia, 15-14 to take the lead in Group B. Lauren Silver scored on the last shot of the shootout to seal the win for Team USA after American goalie Emily Feher blocked Australia's fifth shooter, Nicola Zagame. The Americans opened up an early 3-0 lead and held a slim advantage for the majority of the first three quarters, but fell behind when Australia's Bronwyn Knox put one past the American keeper with 1:47 left in the fourth. Lauren Silver tied it up a minute later when her shot from the outside was tipped past Australia's Victoria Brown, but the Aussies regained a one-goal lead on a lob shot by Knox with 19 seconds left in regulation. Following a time out by USA coach Adam Krikorian, Lauren Wenger entered the ball to Kami Craig in center who finished a step-out shot with 10 seconds remaining to send the game into the third shootout of the day. The United States converted six of its eight man-up opportunities, while holding Australia to 2-for-9 shooting on power plays. Lauren Silver and Elsie Windes each recorded hat-tricks for the United States, while Rowena Webster netted a tournament high five goals for Australia in a losing effort.
USA 15 (3, 3, 2, 4, 3) L. Silver 3, E. Windes 3, E. Figge 2, K, Craig 2, H. Petri 1, L. Wenger 1, M. Steffens 1, K. Rulon 1, M. Seidemann 1
AUS 14 (1, 4, 3, 4, 2) G. Ralph 5, G. Beadsworth 3, B. Knox 3, R. Webster 1, M. Rippon 1, N. Zagame 1
USA - Feher 8
AUS - Brown 3
"I thought we played well, you know, overall I was pretty pleased with it, especially on the power-play situations we were 6-for-8 and we've been putting a lot of emphasis on our five-man defense and they were two-for-nine. Overall I was pretty pleased with how we did, and especially how we fought back at the end. I don't know how we got out to a 3-0 lead early in the game; our teams are so evenly matched that it could have easily been 0-3. We just executed and they didn't execute, and that's the difference in the game."- Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"I don't know if there's that much pressure [at the end of the game]. You're down by one, and everyone thinks you're going to lose anyway. Kami came through there, and Lauren Wenger did a great job getting the ball in to her. At the end of the game, we need big time players to step up, and that's exactly what they did."- Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"I thought [Emily] played well early in the first half, and I've seen her play better in the second half, but the great thing about her is that she's mentally strong; I think she was a little frustrated with herself in the second half but she stepped up and made some big saves in the shootout."- Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"I think it was a typical Australia and USA game decided by one goal. I've seen so many games decided by one goal in the past years."- Grieg Richardson, Assistant Coach, Australia
"I think the girls played reasonably well and I'm very optimistic about the games ahead."- Grieg Richardson, Assistant Coach, Australia
DAY 3 - 30 June 2010 Free Webcast
#9 2:30 PDT NED 12 vs. CAN 9 Scoresheet
The Netherlands jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back
in a 12-9 victory over Canada in their final game of group play.
Nienke Vermeer set the tone early, scoring a backhand out of 2 meters
on the first possession of the game before drawing an exclusion and
putting the ball past the Canadian keeper from the post on the
man-advantage to establish an early lead for the Dutch. The Canadians
finally got on the scoreboard 13 minutes into the contest when Hanna
Yelizarova scored a no-look shot on the man advantage to close the
deficit to 5-1. After the Netherlands extended their lead to 8-2 on
back-to-back goals by Jantien Cabout, Canada closed the gap to four
before the elder Cabout solidified the Dutch lead at 10-4 with
back-to-back scores of her own. Following a counterattack goal by
Iefue Van Belkum that stretched the Dutch lead to 11-4, the Canadians
reeled of three more goals of their own to start the fourth, but a
score off a rebound by Noeui Klein with two minutes remaining sealed
the victory for the Netherlands. Nienke Vermeer led the Netherlands
with three goals and Ilse Van Der Meijden added eight saves to earn three points for the Dutch team in their final game of pool play.
NED 12 (3,3,4,2) N. Vermeer 3, M. Cabout 2, S. Van Der Sloot 2, Y. Cabout 2, N. Stomphorst 1, I. Van Belkum 1, N. Klein 1.
CAN 9 (0,2,2,5) E. Chikos 2, J. Bekhazi 2, M. Eggens 2, K. Alogbo 1, D. Perreault 1, C. Robinson 1.
CAN - Riddell 3, Janssens 3
NED - Van Der Meijden 8
"This is the first game I am very glad for my team. I think they played very well for the first three periods, and we took a big advantage against Canada. I think Canada is among the first four teams in the world, and I am very happy for my players. This is the first really good game for my team in this World League." - Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
"I think the team is much more strong now; as strong as the USA and Australia. This is a younger team and this World League is a good moment for this team to grow."
- Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
"We're not happy. We can't come in 5-0 and expect to win the game. The girls aren't listening and aren't executing the game plans." - Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
"We're looking forward to the games ahead, the will be good challenges." - Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
#10 4:00 PDT GRE 5 vs. AUS 7 Scoresheet
Behind a four-goal effort Rowena Webster, Australia came back from an
early deficit to beat Greece in the final game of pool play for both
teams. Webster netted each of the final four goals for the Aussies,
including the go-ahead goal on an extra-man opportunity with 5 minutes
remaining in the final period. Two minutes later, she added an
insurance goal on the counterattack that put the game out of reach for
the challengers from Europe. Greece jumped out to an early 2-0 lead
behind goals from Alexandra Asimaki and Antigoni Roumpesi, but Kyriaki
Liosi was excluded for the remainder of the game for arguing with
officials after a goal by Australia's Melissa Rippon late in the first
quarter. With the Greeks leading at the midway point of the second
quarter, Glencora Ralph netted a counterattack goal to tie the game
before Webster scored her first of the game on a penalty shot to give
the Aussies a 4-3 lead at halftime. Greece stormed back in the third
quarter and tied the game on an outside shot by Triantafyllia
Manolioudaki, but Webster responded with a skip shot past the Greek
keeper to maintain the slim Australian advantage. Maria Tsouri
notched 14 saves for Greece in a losing effort.
AUS 7 (1,3,1,2) R. Webster 4, B. Knox 1, G. Ralph 1, M. Rippon 1.
GRE 5 (2,1,1,1) A. Asimaki 1, A. Roumpesi 1, A. Gerolymou 1, T. Manolioudaki 1, S. Antonakou 1.
AUS - Brown 10
GRE - Tsouri 14
"Yesterday I thought was a good game, today I didn't think was a good game, even though we lost yesderday, there were a lot of good points from the game and I was happy with the way a lot of the players played yesterday. Today, they players just weren't up for it and I though it was a pretty disappointing performance." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"We played good offense, but it was tough and there were many exclusions"
- Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, Greece
#11 5:30 PDT CHN 7 vs. HUN 11 Scoresheet
Hungary used a pair of hat-tricks from Gabriella Szucs and Rita
Keszthelyi to beat China, 11-7 in the final game of play in Group A.
After China recovered from an early deficit to tie the game at 3-3
early in the second quarter, Hungary scored 5 goals in a row to open
up a commanding 10-4 lead. China was able to close the gap late in
the fourth quarter with a pair of goals by Ao Gao, but Hungary held on
for an 11-7 victory.
HUN 11 (2, 5, 3, 1) G. Szucs 3, R Keszthelyi 3, D. Kisteleki 2, R. Draviucz 2, B. Bujka 1
CHN 7 (2, 2, 0, 3) A. Gao 3, Y. Wang 2, Y. Sun 1, H. Ma 1
HUN - Gyongyossy 8
CHN - Yang 5
"We were sleeping. Today, win, lose or tie it does not matter, but tomorrow is very, very important." - Juan Jan Giralt, Head Coach, China
"We had very good defense and very good shots this game." - Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
"The whole team played very well and put in 100% [concentration]." - Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
#12 RUS 9 vsUSA 12 Scoresheet
Captain Brenda Villa scored three goals to lead the United States to a 12-9 win over Russia that clinched Group B in the final game of pool play. After Russia tied the score at 6 apiece early in the third quarter, the United States used a three-goal run to create an advantage it would not relinquish. Kelly Rulon skipped one past the Russian keeper on the man advantage before Brenda Villa and Lauren Wenger each added extra-man goals to build a 9-6 lead for the Americans. Russia closed the gap to 10-8 with a backhand shot out of two meters by Anna Timofeeva, but Maggie Steffens converted a hard-angle shot on the man advantage to extend the lead to 11-8. The Russians added one more with two minutes remaining in the contest, but Tanya Gandy converted a penalty shot with one minute left to seal the victory. Annika Dries had a strong game in two meters for the United States, capitalizing on the Russian's press defense. The Stanford sophomore gave the United States a 6-5 advantage at the half with a goal out of two meters in the waning seconds of the second quarter. Dries, guarded by four Russian players, was pushed underwater but managed to hold on to the ball and lob it past the opposing keeper, Maria Kovtunovskaya. Ekaterina Prokofyeva added two goals for the Russians in defeat, while Dries and Tanya Gandy each netted two for Team USA.
USA 12 (1, 5, 3, 3) B. Villa 3, T. Gandy 2, K. Rulon 2, A. Dries 2, L. Wenger 1, M. Steffens 1, M. Seidemann1
RUS 9 (2, 3, 1, 3) E. Prokofyeva 2, A. Timofeeva 1, N. Ryzhova-Alenicheva 1, E. Soboleva 1, O. Karpovich 1, O. Belyaeva 1, Y. Gaufler 1, E. Pustyinnikova 1
USA - Armstrong 6
RUS - Kovtunovskaya 2
"The practice round is over. The real games start tomorrow and we should be ready for it."- Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"It was a sluggish game, I didn't think we played that well especially in the first half. We turned it on and played much better in the second half with some respects. We're looking forward to the next games, the quarter finals."- Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"The group that came in off the bench, our second group, actually did do a good job. There was a clear difference between the second group and the first group today."
-Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"Any time you play Russia is a chance for the centers to really go to work because [Russia] loves to press. So [Annika] got some isolation opportunities and she took advantage."-Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
DAY 4 - 1 July 2010 Free Webcast
#13 HUN 13 vs. GRE 14 Scoresheet
Greece was able to withstand a ferocious Hungarian comeback and win in a shootout in the first quarterfinal, 14-13. Greece, which took an early 4-0 lead and was ahead 10-4 early in the third quarter managed only three goals in the second half, but topped a Hungarian man-advantage opportunity late in the game to preserve an 11-11 tie in regulation. Greek goalkeeper Maria Tsouri turned away three of the five Hungarian shooters during the shootout, and only Kyriaki Liosi missed for the Greeks to clinch a berth in the semifinals. Greece set the tone early and opened up a 4-0 lead with accurate outside shooting, leading Hungarian coach Matyas Petrovics to replace starting goalie Orsolya Kaso with reserve goaltender Aniko Gyongyossy. Following two quick Greek goals to start the second period, a Hungarian rally closed the deficit to 6-4, but the Greeks responded with four straight man-advantage scores to extend their lead to 10-4. Late in the third quarter, the Hungarian shooters heated up, scoring five straight goals, including three in a row from Gabriella Szucs. Hungary tied the game at 11 apiece with an extra-man goal by Ildiko Toth, sending the game into the fourth shootout of the tournament and the first of the knockout round.
GRE 14 (4,4,2,1,3) K. Liosi 3, C. Tsoukala 2, A. Asimaki 2, A. Gerolymou 2, S. Antonakou 2, A. Avramidou 1, A. Roumpesi 1.
HUN 13 (1,3,3,4,2) G. Szucs 5, R. Dravucz 2, R. Keszthelyi 2, D. Kisteleki 1, I. Toth 1, B. Bujka 1, P. Jancso 1.
GRE- M. Tsouri 7
HUN- A. Gyongyossy 7, O. Kaso 2.
"We lost the game in the first two periods." - Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
"We came back because we changed the defense, and because we believed that we could. And we shot some goals." - Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
#14 NED 7 vs. AUS 10 Scoresheet
Australia Downs the Netherlands, Moves on to Semifinal Round
Behind three goals from Glencora Ralph, Australia took down the Dutch
team, 10-7, to guarantee themselves a place in the top four of the
tournament in the second game of the quarterfinal round. The Aussies
jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Bronwyn Knox and Nicola
Zagame and never looked back. Yasemin Smit added an extra-man goal
late in the first quarter for the Netherlands to cut the deficit to
3-2, but Australia, utilizing the second quarter to showcase their
defense, kept the Netherlands off the board for the rest of the half.
Australian goalie Victoria Brown stopped two Dutch counterattacks,
including a one-on-zero lob attempt that she jumped high out of the
water to stop. A 4-2 advantage in the third quarter sealed the
victory for the Aussies, and earned them a chance to play the
AUS 10 (3,1,4,2) G. Ralph 3, N. Zagame 2, G. Beadsworth 1, J. Moran 1, B. Knox 1, R. Webster 1, Z. Arancini 1.
NED 7 (2,0,2,3) Y. Smit 3, I. Van Belkum 2, M. Cabout 1, N. Stomphorst 1.
AUS- V. Brown 10
NED- I. Van Der Meijden 4
"I think the Australians at this moment are a strong team; we are weak in comparison with the Australians. It is important against Australia to score goals when you have opportunities, but I think today Australia showed respect to my team." - Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
"It's a relief to win. I think the quarterfinals are one of the most important times to win." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"We're excited. We came to play for the medals and we're looking forward to a better performance." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
#15 CHN 6 vs. RUS 10 Scoresheet
The Russian team, the fourth team in group B, upset China, 10-6, to
earn a berth in the semifinal round on Thursday. Leading 5-4 at the
half, Russia scored goals on consecutive possessions to build a 7-4
lead, and iced the game with a lob shot on the man-advantage with
three minutes remaining by Evgenia Soboleva that guaranteed them a
spot in the top four. After a Chinese penalty shot converted by
Huanhuan Ma on her team's first possession of the game, Russia built a
4-1 lead, only to see China close to the gap to one as the half drew
to a close. Russia benefited from balanced scoring, as three players
recorded two tallies, while Huanhuan Ma added three goals for China in
a losing effort.
RUS 10 (3,2,3,2) S. Konukh 2, N. Rhyzova-Alenicheva 2, E. Soboleva 2, A. Timofeva 1, E. Tankeeva 1, O. Belyaeva 1, E. Ivanova 1.
CHN 6 (1,3,1,1) H. Ma 3, Ya. Sun 1, A. Gao 1, D. Song 1.
RUS- M. Kovtunovskaya 8
CHN- J. Yang 12
"We won and I really liked the way we played the game. We did a good job on defense and that is why we won." - Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"Today we're feeling good. Tomorrow we'll think about the next game." - Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"It was a very difficult game, very emotional, and for many players this is not preferred. Today, Russia was a clear winner." - Juan Jane Giralt, Head Coach, China
#16 7:00 PDT CAN 4 vs. USA 7 Scoresheet
Team USA came back from an early deficit to beat Canada, 7-4, setting
themselves up for a semifinal match-up with Greece tomorrow evening.
The Americans held Canada to one goal after the first period and
closed the game on a 7-1 run en route to ensuring themselves a
top-four finish. With the game tied at four goals apiece early in the
third quarter, Tanya Gandy sent a laser cross-cage to give her team a
slim advantage, and added an insurance goal by pushing in Lauren
Silver's rebound early in the fourth quarter. Villa skipped one past
the Canadian keeper with just two minutes remaining to ice the win for
Canada built an early lead with three extra-man goals in the first
quarter, but the United States answered with a pair of goals by Kami
Craig, the second of which was a powerful move in two meters. Tanya
Gandy tied the game later in the period with an extra-man goal, and
Brenda Villa gave Team USA its first lead of the game with a sniper
shot from the outside on her squad's first possession of the second
half. Canada answered back, however, as Emily Csikos converted a
penalty shot to knot the game at four.
Team USA benefited from balanced scoring in the win, as Lauren Wenger,
Brenda Villa and Kami Craig each netted three goals. Csikos led
Canada with two goals in the loss.
USA 7 (0,3,2,2) L. Wenger 2, B. Villa 2, K. Craig 2, T. Gandy 1.
CAN 4 (3,0,1,0) E. Csikos 2, J. Bekhazi 1, T. Campbell 1.
USA- B. Armstrong 7
CAN- R. Ridell 6
"I wouldn't say it was a pretty game, but we talked about trying to win in all styles and we feel like we can win in all styles and I think we showed that today." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"This wasn't pretty but it was an absolutely great win for us." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"our defense after a nervous start was lights out, and our 5-on-6 especially was incredible." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"[Our first group's] experience, intelligence and defense proved to be the difference in the game today." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"I thought we played well six-on-six but we played poor six-on-five. Our special teams killed us." - Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
"If you can't score six-on-five you can never win the game." - Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
DAY 5 - 2 July 2010 Free Webcast
#17 HUN 11 vs. Can 9 Scoresheet
Hungary came back from a four-goal deficit to defeat Canada in a shootout in the first game of the 5th-8th place semifinal round. Down 7-3 late in the second quarter, Dora Kisteleki scored two straight to close the gap to two, but Canada responded with a man-advantage goal with three minutes remaining in the third to push their lead to 8-5. Agnes Valkai put one past the past the Canadian keeper on the counter before Dora Kisteleki added a transition goal of her own, her fourth of the game, to cut the Canadian lead to one. With 42 seconds left, Rita Dravucz added her only tally of the match to send the game into a shootout. Each team scored its first shot of the sootout, but after Rita Dravucz put in Hungary's second shot, the goalies took over. Orsolaya Kaso blocked Canada's Joel Bekhazi before Rachel Riddell duplicated the feat, blocking Hungary's Patricia Jancso to keep the deficit at one. Dominique Perreault hit the post with Canada's third shot, and after Gabriella Szucs converted Hungary's fourth, Canada's Hanna Yelizarova sent one wide of the cage, clinching the win for the Mighty Magyars.
HUN 11 (D. Kisteleki 4, R. Dravucz 2, A. Valkai 2, G. Szucs 1, O. Takacs 1, B. Bujka 1)
CAN 9 (E. Csikos 5, J. Bekhazi 1, K. Alogbo 1, D. Perreault 1, T. Campbell 1)
HUN- O. Kaso 10
CAN- R. Riddell 10
"It was the same game as yesterday, but only a four goal difference, so it was easy for my team because we came back from six already." -Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
"We are a very strong team, we are emotional and we believed the whole time." -Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
"We played three quarters well and the fourth we sat back on our lead. We just stopped attacking." -Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
#18 NED 10 vs. CHN 13 scoresheet
China moves on to the 5th place game in the 2010 Women's FINA World League Superfinal with a 13-10 defeat of the Netherlands in the second shootout of the day. A tight game throughout, China took a 9-8 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth quarter on a goal by Ao Gao, one of her five of the match, but the Dutch responded to send the game into the day's second shootout with a goal from Mieke Cabout on her squad's final possession. In the shootout, however, the Chinese took over. After each squad converted its first attempt, Jun Yang blocked two straight Dutch shots and Jin He scored her team's fourth attempt to clinch the win for China. China will play Hungary for fifth place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., while the Netherlands face Canada for 7th place at noon.
CHN 13 (A. Gao 5, F. Teng 2, Ya. Sun 2, D. Song 2, J. He 1, Y. Chen 1)
NED 10 (M. Cabout 3, J. Cabout 2, Y. Smit 1, S. Van Der Sloot 1, N. Stomphorst 1, N. Klein 1, L. Klaassen 1)
CHN- Yang 12
NED- Van Der Meijden 7
"We did not play well, I do not know why; this game is very difficult and to be winners is beautiful in this sport." -Juan Jane Giralt, Head Coach, China
"It was not good but not a bad game for my team. To tie 8-8 against China I think is not a bad result." -Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
#19 AUS 8 vs. RUS 7 scoresheet
Australia held on to win against Russia, 8-7, in the first game of the semifinal round behind a balanced scoring attack and strong goalkeeping from Victoria Brown. Rowena Webster scored two consecutive goals early in the third quarter and sparked 5-0 Australian run that put the game out of reach for Russia. Russia cut the lead to 7-5 on a goal by Anna Timofeeva early in the fourth quarter, but Sophie Smith answered back a mere 20 seconds later to ice the victory for Australia. Russia added two more late in the fourth to close the gap to one, but Australia was able to stop Russia in the final possession to hang on for the win. The Aussies took an early lead, going ahead 1-0 on their first possession of the game on an extra-man score by Bronwyn Knox, but Russia fought back and managed a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter.
AUS 8 (B. Knox 2, R. Webster 2, G. Beadsworth 1, S. Smith 1, G. Ralph 1, N. Zagame 1)
RUS 7 (A. Timofeeva 1, N. Rhyzova-Alenicheva 1, E. Tankeeva 1, E. Soboleva 1, E. Ivanova 1, Y. Gaufler 1, E. Pustyinnikova 1)
AUS- V. Brown 12
RUS- M. Kovtunovskaya 11
"We believe we're one of the best teams in the world and we can come back from any situation."- Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"I thought we were the better team, but things didn't go our way the first quarter."-Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"Our third quarter was a pretty important quarter and the momentum started to swing our way." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"If we lost, it is because we were weaker than the other team."- Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"Our two-meter defense was a problem. Two goals out of center is unacceptable."
- Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
#20 GRE 7 vs. USA 9 scoresheet
Brenda Villa scored three goals and Betsey Armstrong recorded 12 saves to lead the United States to a 9-7 victory over Greece, earning it a place in the finals against Australia. Villa sparked a four-goal rally in the second half with a lob shot from the eight meters out that extended the Americans' lead to three. After a man-advantage score by Kelly Rulon, Villa got back into the action when she put one in off the arms of Greek goalie Maria Tsouri. Maggie Steffens added one more early in the fourth period that gave Team USA a commanding 9-3 lead. Greece rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring four goals in the last four minutes of the period, but they ran out of time and the United States held on for a two-goal victory.
Kami Craig dominated the 2-meter area early, but was not able to get onto the board until she scored a man-advantage goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first period. Her goal sparked a 5-1 run that gave the Americans a four goal lead at halftime. Greece rallied to close the gap early in the third quarter with goals on consecutive possessions by Antigoni Roumpesi and Alexandra Asimaki, but they were unable to close the gap any further until late in the fourth quarter.
The United States moves on to face Australia in the final game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, while Greece will face off against Russia for third place at 3:00 p.m.
USA 9 (2,3,2,2) B. Villa 3, E. Figge 1, C. Matthewson 1, M. Steffens 1, K. Rulon 1, A. Dries 1, K. Craig 1.
GRE 7 (1,0,2,4) A. Asimaki 2, I. Psouni 1, A. Avramidou 1, A. Roumpesi 1, T. Manolioudaki 1, V. Mavrelou 1.
USA- Armstrong 12
GRE- Tsouri 6
"This was a typical game against Greece- slow, low scoring."-Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"We played strong defense, and guarded their 2 meter players well, especially Asimaki."-Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"We were very tired. We tried in the game to manage this but we didn't play well. The USA is a very good team, very experienced and they have a lot of fresh players. Today we had a problem in offense so we are going to collect our strengths for tomorrow's game."-Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, Greece
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#21 CAN 6 – NED 8 (7th place) scoresheet
NED 8 (3, 1, 3, 1) M. Cabout 3, I. Van Belkum 2, Y. Smit 1, N. Vermeer 1, L. Klaassen 1
CAN 6 (0, 2, 3, 1) E. Csikos 2, K. Alogbo 1, K. Monton 1, J. Bekhazi 1, C. Robinson 1
NED - Van Der Meijden 11
CAN - Riddell 5
" It is difficult to motivate the players when you are playing for 7th and 8th, but my grandfather always said that it is better to win than to lose."-Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
"After the last two games, the team's faces were not too happy, but I think this win will help a little."-Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
"I think Australia and the U.S. are the best two teams in this tournament, but I think it is very level. It was very well balanced, and was a good experience for my younger players."- Mauro Maugeri, Head Coach, The Netherlands
"We had a slow start. I don't think the players want to be here because of the way we've been playing all week. We'll have to regroup and focus on the FINA Cup."
- Patrick Oaten, Head Coach, Canada
#22 HUN 7 – CHN 8 (5th place) scoresheet
Two goals each from Gao Ao and Teng Fei propelled China past Hungary
and earned them a 5th place finish at the 2010 FINA Women's World
League Super Final. With the game tied 3-3 at the half, Ao put one in
off the hands of the Hungarian keeper, Aniko Gyongyossy, before her
teammate Sun Yating scored a backhand shot out of two meters to give
the Chinese a two-goal lead. A Hungarian penalty shot- awarded
because China had too many players in the water- cut the lead to one,
but Liu Ping put another shot in off the hands of the Hungarian
netminder to regain the two-goal advantage. Ping extended the lead to
three a minute later, with an extra-man tally from the post, but
Hungary would come back and close the gap to one with a pair of scores
in the final minute of the third period, the second of which was Dora
Kisteleki's tournament-high fifteenth goal. A score off of a drive
early in the fourth period by Ma Huanhuan pushed the Chinese lead to
8-7, and Hungary's final goal was too little too, too late, as Ildiko
Toth pushed in a rebound with only 26 seconds remaining, allowing the
Chinese to run out the clock and seal the victory.
CHN (1,2,4,1) A. Gao 2, P. Liu 2, F. Tang 1, Ya. Sun 1, Y. Wang 1, H. Ma 1.
HUN (0,3,3,1) D. Kisteleki 2, R. Dravucz 2, G. Szucs 1, R. Keszthelyi 1, I. Toth 1.
CHN- J. Yang 10
HUN- A. Gyongossy 8
"Two years ago, China were ranked 200 in the world. Now, they are 5.
I am very happy."
-Juan Jane Giralt, Head Coach, China
"For China, it is possible to play with the top teams in the world. In this tournament, we won four games and lost two, and all of the teams are very difficult. I am very, very happy today- to beat Hungary is not easy for China."
-Juan Jane Giralt, Head Coach, China
"We had very good defense, but very awful attack. We made twenty percent of the shots, maybe. We couldn't have won the game with that. China had very good tactics and a very good game."-Matyas Petrovics, Head Coach, Hungary
#23 RUS 7 – GRE 8 (3rd place)
Greece beat Russia in a sudden-death shootout, 8-7, to take third place in the 2010 FINA Women's World League Super Finals in a battle between two previous Super Finals champions. In a defensive battle that ended tied at 5 at the end of regulation, shooters struggled in a shootout that took six attempts for each team to decide a winner. After Greece converted its first attempt, Russia missed its first three and Greece its next two. Each team scored its fourth shot, and after a Greek miss and a Russian score on the fifth attempt, the shootout headed into a sudden-death round. Greece's Stavroula Antonakou confidently sent her first attempt in the second round into the upper corner past Russian keeper Maria Kovtunovskaya, and Maria Tsouri blocked Ekaterina Prokofyeva, sealing the victory for the Greeks.
After a tight first three quarters that ended in a 3-3 tie, Kyriaki Liosi put a lob past the Russian goalie, and Triantafyllia Manolioudaki pushed in a rebound on a man-advantage opportunity to give the Greeks a 5-3 lead early in the fourth. The Russians, however, were unwilling to give up. Ekaterina Prokofyeva responded immediately with a laser from the outside, and with less than a minute remaining in regulation, Sofya Konukh netted a man-advantage goal to tie the game and send it into the first shootout of the medal round.
GRE 8 (2, 0, 1, 2, 3) A. Asimaki 2, S. Antonakou 2, K, Liosi 1, A. Roumpesi 1, T. Manolioudaki 1, V. Mavrelou 1
RUS 7 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) S. Konukh 3, E. Prokofyeva 2, E. Ivanova 1, Y. Gaufler 1
GRE - Tsouri 9
RUS - Kovtunovskaya 10
"A lot of things were working better on defense today, but on offense, hardly nything was working right."-Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"I am very glad that the team showed enough resilience and physical strength to finish the tournament well."-Alexandr Kabanov, Head Coach, Russia
"I was not extremely stressed and we knew we would win if there was a shootout."
-Maria Tsouri, Goal Keeper, Greece
"This was our second game with the same team that resulted in a shootout, and it was also our second time to beach them in a shootout. I think we deserve to be in the top three and get bronze in this tournament."-Maria Tsouri, Goal Keeper Greece
"This was not a good game and not very good water polo. My team was tired so it was hard, but they found the courage to fight until the end."- Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, Greece
"We are very good mandown and that was key in the game and the key to winning."
- Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, Greece
"Maria and the USA goalie [Betsey Armstrong] are the two best goalies in this tournament."- Greorgios Morfests, Head Coach, Greece
#24 4:30 PDT AUS 11 – USA 12 (1st place)
USA Edges Australia in Shootout, Wins 2010 FINA World League Super Final
Maggie Steffens converted the final attempt in the shootout round to
clinch the FINA World League Super Final Championship for the United
States in dramatic fashion, 12-11. Steffens, a rising high school
senior and the youngest player on the American roster, put the
Australians away for good when she put one past Victoria Brown with
the score level at 4-4 in the shootout round, after Betsey Armstrong
blocked Jemma Dessauvagie, the fourth shooter for Australia. Each
team converted the first three attempts in the shootout round.
With the United States holding a slim 5-4 lead at the beginning of the
fourth quarter, Australian Bronwyn Knox scored a man-advantage
opportunity to level the score at 5. After Heather Petri added a
man-advantage score of her own to hand the lead back over to the
Americans, Glencora Ralph put one past Armstrong on the 6-on-5 to
level the score once again. With only two minutes remaining, Sophie
Smith sent a laser into the goal past Armstrong to give the Aussies
their first lead of the game. The Americans, however, leveled the
score on the next possession when Tanya Gandy sent a shot directly
over the head of Australian keeper Victoria Brown and into the back of
the net, sending the game into a shootout, the second between these
two teams in this year's Super Final.
Team USA got off to a good start with an early score by Kami Craig on
the man-advantage. After Australia leveled on the next possession,
the Americans scored two straight- an outside shot by Lauren Silver,
and a penalty shot converted by Kelly Rulon- to open up a 3-1 lead
early in the second quarter. After Bronwyn Knox skipped one past
Armstrong to cut the Australian deficit to one, Elsie Windes took
advantage of the Australian's zone defense to regain a two goal
advantage for Team USA at halftime. Knox put in her second tally of
the game from center early in the third period, but Lauren Silver shot
a laser off the bar and into the back of the net to make the score
5-3. Glencora Ralph would add one more in the third to cut the
American lead to one heading into the fourth quarter.
USA (2,2,1,2,5) L. Silver 3, K. Rulon 2, H. Petri 1, L. Wenger 1, T. Gandy 1, M. Steffens 1, E. Windes 1, K. Craig 1, M. Seidemann 1.
AUS (1,1,2,3,4) B. Knox 4, G. Ralph 2, G. Beadsworth 2, S. Smith 1, A. Brightwell 1, R. Webster 1.
USA- Armstrong 9
AUS- Brown 11
"I almost feel like there are no nerves [in a shootout]. Everyone played their heart out for 32 minutes, and then you just do the best you can." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"All of our shooters were clutch today. To make all five, I didn't think that would happen. Especially after watching the third place game, where there were a lot of missed penalty shots, and we looked so tired by the end of that game, I was surprised that we made all five." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"[Maggie] has no fear. She's a great competitor; she's just going to leave it all out there and I felt very confident with her out there and putting her last, and she'll remember this for a very long time." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"I'm very happy with the group. I think they've come a long way. But, at the same time, we have a long way to go. Our fitness level isn't where it needs to be; we've only been training for four weeks, and I look forward to the next three or four weeks of training here at home before we head off to Australia and New Zealand. I think we'll get even better over that time." - Adam Krikorian, Head Coach, USA
"We had our chances. Once we got one ahead, the girls just didn't respond well to the high pressure situation." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"It's disappointing to lose in a penalty shootout. I'd rather see some other form of deciding. It's a team, not an individual game." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia
"Our strength was our character. We kept grinding away and the girls showed lots of heart and we're very pleased with where we are at present." - Greg McFadden, Head Coach, Australia