Photos: US women advance to Olympic water polo final

Photos: US women advance to Olympic water polo final

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: United States players celebrate winning the Women's Water Polo semifinal match between Australia and the United States at the Water Polo Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 11:28 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Maggie Steffens scored four goals and the U.S. outlasted Australia to win 11-9 in extra time and advance to women's water polo final at the London Olympics.

In a bruising match between the two favorites in London, Australia's Southern Ash converted a penalty with one second left on the clock in regulation to tie the match 9-9 and force extra time.

The officials awarded the penalty after U.S. coach Adam Krikorian called a time-out without his team having possession of the ball.

Steffens put the U.S. ahead in the first of two three-minute extra-time periods with a skip shot, and Kami Craig followed up with another goal to give the Americans the 11-9 win and another shot at their first gold medal in the event.

 

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