It’ll be the United States versus Italy for Olympic gold on Saturday, after the Americans handled Hungary 14-10 in Thursday’s women’s water polo semifinal in Rio.
Maggie Steffens led the Americans in scoring, as she is wont to do, tacking another four goals onto her tournament total. Madeline Musselman (above) and Kiley Neushul each had two.
Makenzie Fischer scored in the first minute for the U.S. after a quick penalty on Hungary, though Hungary leveled through Krisztina Gara.
The USA took control in the second quarter, opening up a 8-4 lead through a balanced attack; Seven players scored in the first half and only Musselman netted more than once.
The first half finished with the U.S. leading 8-5.
The United States women’s water polo team continued to pound its Olympic competition, as driver Maggie Steffens continued her fine tournament with a quartet of goals in a 11-6 win over Hungary on Saturday at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center.
USA led 7-3 at halftime, with Steffens collecting another first half hat trick, but nearly ran into nervy times in the second half.
The win moves the Americans onto the quarterfinals, where they’ll face Group A’s fourth place Brazil.
U.S. finished the group stage with 34 goals scored and just 14 allowed, both tournament bests.
The United States women’s water polo team continues to thump the competition in Rio.
Two days after handing Spain an 11-4 setback, the Americans looked even more comfortable in throttling China 12-4.
The defending gold medalists have picked up hardware in all four Olympic tournament prior to Rio, with two silvers and a bronze.
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Team USA opened up a 7-1 halftime lead behind a hat trick from Maggie Steffens and eight saves from the outstanding Ashleigh Johnson.
Steffens finished with four goals, a perfect 3-for-3 on action shots, and Kaleigh Gilchrist added two goals in the win.
Next up is Hungary, who beat China 13-11 in its opener and plays Spain at Noon EDT.