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USA sprays the net with goals in FINA win over New Zealand


The USA women's junior national water polo team earned its second straight win Monday at the FINA Junior World Championships, defeating New Zealand 11-4.

Five different players scored two goals each to lead the offense, with Amanda Longan recording 12 saves in net.

Team USA returns to play on Tuesday against Spain.

The game began a defensive battle with neither side scoring in the first period.

The USA offense got into gear, running off four straight goals to start the second quarter.

Sarah Klass sparked the rally with a goal, followed by two straight from Ryann Neushul and one from Denise Mammolito.

After New Zealand scored twice, Paige Hauschild put the ball into the net to make it 5-2 at halftime.

New Zealand cut the gap to two goals with the first score of the third quarter, but Team USA answered on a tally from Klass to make it 6-3 after three.

In the fourth, the United States took control, outscoring New Zealand 5-1. Abbi Hill hit on the first two goals of the period to make it 8-3.

After a New Zealand goal closed the deficit to four goals the United States tacked on three more. Val Ayala, Mammolito and Hauschild scored the last three for Team USA.

The United States went 3-of-4 on power plays and New Zealand was 0-for-4 on power plays.

— USA Water Polo

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