Posted: Aug 1, 2012 5:23 PM by Andrew Masuda
Santa Barbara High graduate Kami Craig scored a game-high 4 goals for the U.S. women's water polo team, but Spain tied it with less than a minute to go to force a 9-9 draw in London.
The 25 year old Craig grew up in Santa Ynez. The two-time Olympian scored 3 goals in the third period to help the U.S. overcome a 5-3 halftime deficit. Her fourth and final goal of the game gave the U.S. the lead 7-6 late in the third period. The Americans led by 9-6 with 4:49 left to go in the game until the Spaniards started a furious comeback.
Maica Garcia scored her second goal of the game with 47 seconds left to play to force the tie.
Craig said they expected a battle from Spain. She credited her teammates for creating her scoring opportunities in front of the cage. "It's always physical down there but I rely heavily on my perimeter. The girls did a great job finding me tonight and putting it right where I needed it to be," said Craig moments after the game during a live interview on NBC.
The U.S. is looking for its first Olympic title in women's water polo after two silvers and a bronze since the sport debuted at the games in 2000.
With the draw, both teams remain tied for first in Group A with three points from two games at 1-0-1.
The Americans return to action Friday against last place China.
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