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FINA WC Day 3 - Women's Water Polo Match 13 & 14

Jul 15, 2003

Match 13, Women 16:00, 15.07.03
Quarters: 5-0, 4-2, 5-0, 1-1

Referees: Raul Alberto Amaya (BRA), Mario Brguljan (YUG)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Nicolle Payne, Heather Petri, Ericka Lorenz, Brenda Villa (6), Ellen Estes (4), Natalie Golda, Margaret Dingeldein (1), Jacqueline Frank, Heather Moody (2), Robin Beauregard (1), Amber Stachowski (1), Gabrielle Domanic, Thalia Munro
Coach: Guy Baker

FRANCE: Caroline Ruder, Cecile Busteau, Jenny Ritz, Vanessa Hernandez, Louise Guillet (1), Gaelle De Rycke, Aurelia Picot, Myriam Argaud, Virginie Mozdzierz, Laure Gauthreau (1), Perrine Metay, Alice Goulut, Isabelle Fack
Coach: Jean-Luc Doucereux.

World No 2 the USA was out for goal difference and a healthy one at that, in beating lower-ranked France. However, France played strongly and restricted many USA attacks, keeping the game to a respectable margin. USA kept a clean sheet in the first quarter at 5-0 with Ellen Estes and Brenda Villa scoring twice each. Laure Gauthreau scored France's first goal to start the second quarter and Louise Guillet added another later in the period but Villa and Estes added a goal each for the 9-2 score at the turn. The third period belonged to the USA pair as the score edged out to 14-2, Villa scoring a hat-trick and Estes two. Villa and Robin Beauregard scored consecutive penalty goals in the last 90 seconds. So tight was the last quarter that it finished a goal apiece with Gauthreau firing her shot into the top left from halfway!

Match 14, Women 17:15, 15.07.03
Quarters: 3-1, 3-3, 4-2, 0-2

Referees: Michael McNeill (AUS), Brian Littlejohn (GBR)

GERMANY: Simone Budde, Lina Rohe (1), Theresa Klein, Stefanie Schindelbauer (3), Katrin Dierolf (1), Laura Gruber, Monika Kruszona, Sabine Kottig (1), Viktoria Bujka, Ariane Rump (2), Imke Odenthal, Linda Gerrifsen, Barbara Bujka (2)
Coach: Marcel Ter Bals

GREECE: Georgia Ellinaki, Dmitra Asilian (2), Sofia Petsali (1), Kiriaki Loisi, Amalia Paterou, Stavroula Kozomboli (2), Ekaterini Oikonomopoulou, Antigoni Roumpesi (3), Evangelia Moraitidou, Georgia Lara, Stavroula Antonakou, Maria-Georgia Kanellopoulou
Coach: Kiriakos Iosifidis

Germany, like its men yesterday, stunned Greece in what must be a resurgence in water polo fortunes for the nation. Germany did the damage from the start, racing to a 3-1 lead at the quarter and 6-4 at halftime. The margin was close but Germany looked the better team with smoother finishing. Stefanie Schindelbauer had three goals in the bag by halftime, including an arrogant shot from 10m. Then the crunch came for Greece as Germany rattled in three goals for 9-4 midway through the third quarter. Greece brought it back to 10-6 at the break and won the last period 2-0 but the effort was too little, too late. Greek captain Dmitra Asilian said: "It was a very bad game for us. All things went wrong."