London Olympics Water Polo: United States Defeat Italy 9-6

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Brenda Villa of USA is challenged by Rita Keszthelyi of Hungary 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)

The United States women's water polo team defeated Italy 9-6 and now advance to take on Australia in the semifinals. In the game against Italy, Team USA fell behind 3-1 early in the first period, but then rallied to out score the Italians 5-0 to go up for good at 6-3.

In the second half the teams just exchanged goals throughout before ultimately winning 9-6. The power play was how the United States won and Italy lost the game. Team USA converted 6-of-11 power play goals while Italy had a difficult time scoring as they went 1-for-9 on their chances. Goalie Betsey Armstrong had a great game as she blocked 13 shots to shut down Italy.

Next up for the United States is a highly anticipated match up against Australia. Those two teams were considered the gold medal favorite. Since neither team won their group they are forced into a semifinal match instead of the gold medal game.

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