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Canada loses close battle to Australia at the FINA World Cup

(Surgut, Russia, September 7, 2018) – It came down to the wire in the quarter-final between Canada and Australia at the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup in Surgut, Russia. The Canadians came close to evening the score for the second time in the match in the late minutes of the fourth quarter but ran out of time, and Australia confirmed the 9-6 win.

The Australian squad had a strong start in the game, capitalizing on their opportunities early on to take a 3-0 lead. Canada’s first goal came on the power play, Krystina Alogbo fired one from center after a nice play by Hayley McKelvey.

Kelly McKee found the back of the net with a powerful shot on the Canadian power play halfway through the second quarter. The Aussies answered back right away with a goal on the extra-man advantage to regain a two-goal lead at halftime (4-2).

Australia continued to put pressure on the Canadians in the second half forcing them to be creative on offense. Monika Eggens tallied one from outside to put the red and white within one goal. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie won her battle in front of the net to even the score at 4-4 with 3:47 to go in the third quarter. The Aussies added two goals to take a 6-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

Trailing by two goals with one quarter to go, the Canadian women had to find a way to come back into the game. Australia extended its lead early in the fourth quarter leaving Canada in a difficult position. Hayley McKelvey beat the goalkeeper from a distance on the next Canadian possession. Krystina Alogbo scored her second of the game on the power play to put Canada within one goal with 1:47 on the clock. The Canadian squad had its chances in the final minutes of the match, but Australia’s goalkeeper Gabriella Palm made crucial saves to secure the win for her team. Australia added two goals in the last minute to record a 9-6 win and move on to the semi-finals.

“This is not the result we were hoping for, but we are using it as a learning tool for our future. We are building our team and system for next year’s qualifications. We are grateful for every chance we get to play a top team like Australia. It is important for us to come together for the rest of the tournament and build on this next year.” said Emma Wright of the women’s national team.

The Canadians will now play for fifth place at this 2018 FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup. They will start by facing South Africa tomorrow (Sept. 8) at 16:30 local / 7:30 EST. Live stream is available on FINA TV .

AUS 9 – 6 CAN

(3-1, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2)

Goals: Krystina Alogbo (2), Kelly McKee, Monika Eggens, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie, Hayley McKelvey

GK: Clara Vulpisi



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