The United States women’s water polo team defeats Canada to advance to the semifinals.

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The United States women’s water polo team defeated Canada in the Olympic quarterfinals on Tuesday, advancing them to the semifinals and bringing them one step closer to winning their third consecutive gold medal.

The Americans defeated the Canadians 16-5 at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center in Tokyo, with three goals each from Alys Williams, 27, Makenzie Fisher, 24, and Margaret Steffens, 28. Shae la Roche, 28, of Canada, was the only player from the Great White North to score twice.

 

The contest was clearly in the Americans’ favor with Madeline Musselman, 23, opening the scoring within the first minute of play on a penalty shot. Under 30 seconds later, Fisher would score her first off a rush up the pool following a save by goal keeper Ashleigh Johnson, 26.

With a little more than two minutes in the quarter, la Roche would score Canada’s first and only goal of the frame but the score was already 5-1 at that point, a lead the Americans would extend to 7-1 before the start of the second.

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The American’s would keep extending their lead in the second to nine before Canada would get their second of the game and Team USA would go into halftime with a commanding 11-3 lead.

The score would remain unmoved in the third but the offense from both sides opened up in the final eight minutes with Canada attempting a surge by scoring two quick ones.

However, the Americans would respond with four more goals, closing out the game with an 11-goal lead.

The Americans, who won gold in the two previous Olympics, will play the winner of Australia and Russia on Thursday.

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