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Team USA Tops Host Country Brazil To Make Women's Water Polo Semifinals

Aug. 15, 2016, 3:49 p.m. (ET)

Maddie Musselman shoots against Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in the women's water polo quarterfinal match on Aug. 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. women's water polo team secured a semifinal berth with a 13-3 victory over Brazil Monday afternoon at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

The U.S. went on top just 75 seconds into the match with the first of 13 unanswered goals during the first three quarters. Brazil scored three times in the last six minutes for the final tally.

Maggie Steffens, Kiley Neushul, Kaleigh Gilchrist and Makenzie Fischer each scored twice for the U.S., which remained undefeated in the Rio tournament, outscoring its opponents 47-17 in four games. Next up is the winner of the Australia-Hungary game in a semifinal match scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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