BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Former Princeton University goalie Ashleigh Johnson and past Indiana University field player Shae Fournier helped the United States and Canada, respectively, into the semifinals of the 2018 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Kunshan, China.
The United States, which previously topped Japan (14-4 W), Canada (12-5 W) and Russia (10-7 W) to claim the Group B title, was anchored by Johnson in a 12-1 semifinal victory over Australia. Johnson, who stopped six shots in upending Canada on May 29, made her second start of the tournament count with 15 saves as the United States rolled to its fourth consecutive win.
For Australia, the trio of former Hartwick College star Bronwen Knox, current University of Michigan standout Maddy Steere and former Wolverine Amy Ridge did not score against the United States. It marks the fourth loss in as many games for the Aussies who previously dropped contests to the Netherlands (7-5 L), host China (8-6 L) and Spain (10-9 L) in Group A.
For Canada, Fournier scored once in taking down China in a 5-2 quarterfinal victory. The marker is the fifth strike of the tournament for the former Hoosier who previously notched a pair of markers in a 12-5 loss to the United States on May 29 and a score in a 13-4 defeat of Japan on May 30 after putting away one shot in an 11-9 defeat of Russia on May 28.
The quarterfinal results set-up the semifinals as the United States will take on Russia and Canada battles the Netherlands. Russia advanced into the semis via a 12-11 (4-3 penalty shots) win over Spain, while the Netherlands punched its ticket into the next round courtesy an 18-7 victory over Japan.
In the consolation round, Spain will take on Australia with China and Japan squaring off to set the matchups for the Fifth and Seventh Place games.