The Women’s National Team from the United States has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2024 World Aquatics World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Maddie Musselman scored three goals for Team USA, with Jenna Flynn and Maggie Steffens each adding two in a victory over Australia. Ashleigh Johnson made a total of 11 saves for Team USA.
The Women’s National Team will face Spain on Wednesday at 8 am ET / 5 am PT. Live streaming is available via Peacock, and live stats from Total Water Polo are also available. Omega Timing provides official post-game stats.
In the first quarter, Flynn and Steffens were the only scores for the United States. Later on, Musselman scored two goals to make it 5-3 at halftime. Johnson made a total of eight saves for Team USA in the third quarter, while Sekulic added another goal to make it 6-4 for Australia. Roemer then scored a tenth goal for the United States to take their lead back to two points at 7-5. However, Australia came back with five unanswered goals in the final quarter of play, leaving Team USA struggling to keep up but ultimately securing their place in the semifinals with a narrow 10-9 win over Australia.
On power plays, both teams had similar success rates – USA went 5/9 while Australia was 3/6 – but on penalties, America was able to convert all two attempts while Australia did not attempt any during their game against Mexico earlier that day. The scoring breakdown shows that USA had four goals in each period (2nd -3rd), while Australia’s scoreboard shows three goals in each period (2nd -3rd).
Saves: AJ Johnson made an impressive total of 11 saves during his time as goalkeeper for team US while G Palm made seven saves for team AU