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Canada tops South Africa in first match at the FINA Women’s World Cup

(Surgut, Russia, September 4, 2018) – The Canadian women’s team picked up its first win at the 2018 FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup in Surgut, Russia. The Canadians really started to control the match in the second quarter when they scored five consecutive goals to take a comfortable lead. In the end, Canada recorded an 18-3 win to earn its first victory at this tournament.

Monika Eggens scored with the extra-player advantage at 5:11 to open the scoring for Canada in the first quarter. South Africa answered back on the next possession, when Kelsey White found the back of the net with a long-range skip shot to even the score. Emma Wright helped her team regain the lead moments later; after stealing the ball the lefty beat the goalkeeper with a powerful shot. Krystina Alogbo doubled the Canadian lead with under two minutes to go in the first quarter.

The Canadian squad seemed more into the game in the second quarter, working as a unit on offense and defense. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie started a five-goal run for the Canadians early in the period. Gurpreet Sohi tallied one on the power play to see Alogbo net one on the fast break. Kelly McKee and Joelle Bekhazi each scored one in the last minute to put Canada in front 8-1 at the half.

Alogbo continued on her impressive performance of the first half, winning her battle in front of the net to extend the Canadian lead. Two goals from Kindred Paul and singles from Lemay-Lavoie and Sohi put the Canadian women in front 13-2 at the end of the third quarter.

The Canucks kept the pressure on their South African opponents in the fourth quarter, limiting them to only a few opportunities. At the other end of the pool, the Canadian offense continued pushing, Wright found the back the of the net with a precise shot early in the period while Eggens completed a nice play by Paul to put the score at 15-3. With a little over a minute to go, Alogbo scored her fourth goal of the game beating the goalkeeper with a beautiful lob shot. Paul completed her hat-trick on the last Canadian possession to help Canada record an 18-3 win.

“It is always good to start off with a win. First games can be tricky especially against a team we do not meet often, but in the end, we were able to play our system and come out with the win we needed.” commented Canada’s captain, Krystina Alogbo. 

The Canadian women will face New Zealand in their second match of the preliminary round tomorrow (September 5) at 16:30 local/ 7:30 EDT. Live stream is available on FINA TV .


CAN 18 – 3 RSA (3-1, 5-0, 5-1, 5-1)

Goals: Krystina Alogbo (4), Kindred Paul (3), Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (2), Gurpreet Sohi (2), Emma Wright (2), Monika Eggens (2), Kelly McKee, Joelle Bekhazi, Hayley McKelvey.

GK: Claire Wright

MVP (named by FINA): Krystina Alogbo



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