Olympic gold medalist Aria Fischer of Laguna Beach scored four goals as the U.S. women’s water polo team opened play in the FINA Women’s Intercontinental Tournament with a 12-7 victory over Kazakhstan Tuesday at UC Davis.
Goalkeeper Thea Walsh made seven saves in the first game for the U.S. since winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
Fischer, a senior at Laguna Beach High School, and Walsh, a junior at Laguna Beach High School, are among three Orange County high schoolers on the 13-player roster.
The third Orange County high schooler , defender Bayley Weber, did not take a shot.
U.S. coach Adam Krikorian was limited in his selection of the team because the FINA Women’s Intercontinental Tournament takes place during the NCAA women’s water polo season, leaving several players with national team experience unavailable for selection.
Defender Melissa Seidemann, the only other member of the 2016 Olympic team on the team for the tournament, also scored four goals.
The U.S. led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter, 6-3 at halftime and 8- 5 entering the fourth quarter.
The U.S. scored on five of its seven power-play attempts and made all three of its penalty shots. Kazakhstan scored on six of its eight power-play attempts and made its only penalty shot.
The top four finishers in the six-team tournament qualify for the FINA World League Super Final.
The U.S. will play daily through Sunday.
—City News Service
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