Maddie Musselman and fellow 2016 Olympic gold medalists Rachel Fattal and Maggie Steffens scored twice as the U.S. women’s water polo team defeated Canada, 13-8, Monday evening in Commerce in its first game in 453 days.
The U.S. never trailed. Steffens opened the scoring with a power-play goal one minute, three seconds into the game. Musselman gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead 4:09 later.
The U.S led 4-2 at the end of the first period, 5-3 at halftime and 9-5 after three periods at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.
Jordan Raney and Alys Williams also scored twice for the U.S. while Paige Hauschild and 2016 Olympic gold medalists Kaleigh Gilchrist and Makenzie Fischer each scored once.
U.S. goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, also a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, made 12 saves.
USC alumnus Hayley McKelvey scored twice for Canada as did Kyra Christmas. Axelle Crevier, Monika Eggens, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie and Shae Fournier each scored once for Canada.
Clara Vulpisi started in goal for Canada and allowed five goals and made four saves in 16:00. Jessica Gaudreault allowed eight goals and made one save in 15:47.
The U.S. and Canada have both qualified for the Tokyo Olympics — the U.S. by being the 2019 FINA World League champion and Canada as the 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist.
The teams will also play at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and 6 p.m. Friday at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta.
In compliance with local health guidelines and due to venue capacity limitations, no tickets will be sold for these games. The only spectators permitted will be family and friends of the players.
The games will be the last for the U.S. before the 13-player Olympic roster is announced June 3.
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