USA win women's water polo semifinal to keep dreams of third consecutive gold on track

The U.S. team were trailing ROC in the first half but surged back, leaving them one step away from Olympic glory. 

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Maddie Musselman and the U.S. beat ROC 15-11 to advance to the women’s water polo final, continuing the team’s bid for a third consecutive gold medal.

The U.S. beat the same rivals team 18-5 last week, but the ROC were much more engaged in the semifinal meeting. The U.S. had to rally after they trailed 7-4 with 48 seconds left in the first half.

Musselman scored five times, and captain Maggie Steffens had three goals. Next up for the U.S. are the winners of the Spain-Hungary semifinal.

The U.S. improved to 133-4 since they won gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games. They have won three in a row since they lost 10-9 to Hungary in group play for their first loss at the Olympics since the 2008 final against the Netherlands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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