The U.S. women’s water polo team will face the Netherlands Saturday evening at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita in the second game of a four-game series of exhibition games.
Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson is set to play for the U.S. for the first time since helping it to the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Santa Barbara High School but moved after all events at the school were canceled due to the Thomas Fire and resulting air quality concerns.
The Netherlands’ roster includes seven players from the team that finished ninth at the FINA World Championships in July.
All 13 players on the U.S. team that won the gold medal at world championships are available to play in the exhibition series.
Dutch attacker Maud Megens is a teammate of American goalkeeper Amanda Longan and attacker Denise Mammolito at USC. Netherlands attacker Lizette Rozeboom is a teammate of U.S. attacker Maddie Musselman at UCLA.
The U.S. is 26-1 in 2017, including a 2-0 record against the Netherlands.
The U.S. began the series with a 10-5 victory over China Thursday at UC Irvine, its 21st consecutive victory and 48th in their past 49 games.
The Netherlands defeated China, 13-4, Friday at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.
The U.S. will also face the Netherlands Sunday at Loyola Marymount University.
The series will conclude Tuesday when the U.S. faces China at Foothill High School in Tustin where recently retired two-time Olympic gold medalist Courtney Mathewson, an Orange County native, will be honored.
—City News Service