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Neushul helps lift USA junior water polo into semifinals

 

Stanford junior Jamie Neushul scored three goals to help lead the United States women's junior national water polo team past Brazil, 12-9, Friday and into the semifinals of the FINA World Junior Championships in Volos, Greece.

The Americans face Russia in Saturday's semifinal round. The Russians topped Italy, 15-10, to advance.

Cardinal sophomore Jordan Raney also scored for the U.S., which improved to 4-0 at the event. Aria Fischer led the Americans with four goals.

Each of Neushul's goals gave the U.S. the lead. She opened with a score in the opening minute and Fischer followed with USA's next three goals, though the Brazilians held a 4-3 advantage before Fischer knotted the game.

Neushul and Raney each scored to help the Americans carry a 6-5 edge into the intermission.

Brazil scored early in the third period to tie it at 6 before Neushul struck for the third time, putting the U.S. up to stay. Mary Brooks added a pair of goals and Fischer also scored, helping to give the Americans a 10-8 lead entering the final period.

Alexis Liebowitz found the back of the net early in the final quarter, giving the U.S. its biggest lead of the contest. Stephanie Mutafayan added a goal for the Americans.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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