Women's National Team Falls To Australia 6-5 At London Test Event

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Brenda Villa of USA in action during the preliminary round match between USA and Hungary in the Visa Water Polo International test event ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Water Polo Arena on May 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In the championship game of the Visa Water Polo International -- also going by the name Test Event -- Australia defeated the United States by a score of 6-5. This event was a four-team tournament also featuring Great Britain and Hungary.

Team USA got off to a 2-0 after the first period but in the second period it was all Australia who outscored USA 4-1 to lead 4-3 at the half half. Failed power play opportunities is what caused the United States to trail at halftime.

Australia never gave up that 4-3 lead and anytime the United States would cut the lead to one goal Australia would respond. The United States would trail 6-4 at the end of the third quarter and Courtney Mathewson made it 6-5 on a power play goal.

The fourth quarter was a defensive battle as neither team scored and the closest the United States got to a goal was on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 1:19 left but they could not convert. On the day Team USA was 2-for-9 on power play chances and missed their only penalty shot on the day.

Lauren Wenger led the United States in scoring with two goals.

Here is the United States earning their silver medal via USAWP:

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