USA cur­tail Stingers’ ti­tle bid

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Australian women’s wa­ter polo team has lost their quar­ter­fi­nal match to the United States at the world cham­pi­onships in Hun­gary.

Stingers vet­eran Keesja Gofers’ four goals weren’t enough to avoid the 7- 5 loss to the reign­ing world and Olympic cham­pi­ons in Bu­dapest on Mon­day. The game re­mained goal­less un­til four- and- a- half min­utes in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore world No. 1 USA took con­trol, tak­ing a 3- 0 lead into half­time.

Gofers scored a third- quar­ter dou­ble but Aus­tralia could not shrink the three- goal ad­van­tage at the fi­nal break be­fore the Amer­i­cans held on to set up a semi- fi­nal clash with Rus­sia. The world No. 4 Stingers will meet Italy in a fifth- place play­off semi- fi­nal on Wed­nes­day.

Aus­tralia’s men face Ser­bia in the quar­ter- fi­nals on Wed­nes­day.

Keesja Gofers of Aus­tralia.

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