U.S. women’s water polo team wins gold at World University Games

The U.S. women’s national water polo team won gold at the 2017 World University Games on Tuesday in Taiwan after a 16-9 victory over Hungary in the final. Kiley and Jamie Neushul each scored four goals to led the Americans to victory, who finished 8-0 in Taiwan. The U.S. outscored its opponents 127-38 in the tournament. Gabby Stone and Mia Rycraw combined for six saves in the match.

With the score tied 1-1 early in the match, the Americans took control with four straight goals to build a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. The U.S. broke open the match at the start of the second quarter, when it scored four unanswered goals to take a 9-1 lead over Hungary. The Americans led 10-3 at the half.

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Hungary attempted to make a comeback at the start of third quarter, clawing back to make it 11-6. But the U.S. put together another spurt of four unanswered goals to end the third and start the fourth quarter to put the game away at 15-6.

Hungary put three goals in the back of the net to make it 15-9, but the U.S. finished the gold medal win off with on more goal to make it 16-9.

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