August 31, 2014
Team USA got off to a great start in the first period opening up a 2-0 lead after the first eight minutes thanks to two goals from Aria Fischer. Canada struck first in the second period to draw within one at 2-1 but Makenzie Fischer answered with a goal for a 3-1 lead. Canada managed one more goal in the second period and the United States held a 3-2 lead at halftime. Aria Fischer scored her third goal to open play in the third but Canada responded with a goal later in the period to leave the United States still ahead just one goal at 4-3 going to the fourth. Canada tied the game in the fourth on a goal from Kelly Matthews but Team USA went back to Aria Fischer who delivered her fourth and final goal to take a 5-4 lead. From there the USA defense did the job and kept Canada off the board on the way to the victory.
Both teams struggled on the power play with Team USA going 1/8 and Canada going 1/5. Neither team attempted a penalty shot. The United States went 6-0 during the FINA Youth World Championship earning victories over Hungary, South Africa, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece and Canada. The gold medal marks the second major championship of the summer for the Women's Youth National Team as they earned gold at the UANA Junior Pan American Championship this past July in Riverside, CA. This was just the second ever FINA Youth World Championship, the USA Women took fourth place at the first edition back in December of 2012 in Perth, Australia.
USA 5 (2, 1, 1, 1) A. Fischer 4, M. Fischer 1
CAN 4 (0, 2, 1, 1)
6x5 - USA 1/8 - CAN 1/5
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - CAN 0/0
FINA Press Release:
|USA clinches World Youth title in Madrid|
|2nd FINA WORLD WOMEN’S YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS|
USA, whose team remained unbeaten in the seven-day tournament, won
an intense battle against Canada in a tight 5-4 to clinch the title
at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships (18
& Under), organised in Madrid, Spain from August 25-31, 2014.
Two years ago at the inaugural edition in Perth (AUS), the American
squad had finished at the podium’s door.|
In the battle for seventh and eighth places, host Spain crushed China 1-7 while Italy proved too strong for the Netherlands, winning 8-11 to take fifth spot in the overall standings.
The battle for the minor medal played out between strong podium contenders, defending champion Greece and runner-up Hungary, with the Magyar team edging their rivals just by one goal (10-11) after penalties.
1. United States of America
4. Greece, 5. Italy, 6. Netherlands, 7. Spain, 8. China, 9. Russia, 10. Japan, 11. Australia, 12. South Africa, 13. New Zealand, 14. Brazil, 15. Puerto Rico, 16. Germany.
On site report from FINA Technical Water Polo Committee Member Bill Shaw