Posted: Aug 3, 2012 5:37 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Aug 3, 2012 5:45 PM
The U.S. women's water polo team overcame an early 3-1 deficit to beat China 7-6 in the final preliminary-stage match of the London Olympics on Friday.
Coming off her four goal game against Spain, Santa Barbara High graduate Kami Craig did not score against China.
Maggie Steffens scored three goals to lead the Americans by the Chinese. The U.S. capitalized on a 5-0 run from late in the second period to the middle of the third period to take a commanding 6-3 lead.
The Americans finished tied with Spain at the top of the Group A. But Spain earned the top spot because of the tiebreaker, making the Americans the #2 seed for the knockout stage.
The U.S., which finished second in Beijing and is searching for its first-ever Olympic gold, plays European champion Italy in Sunday's quarterfinals.
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