Team USA Obliterates Canada in Blowout Water Polo Match

Team USA in women's water polo

MATCH STATS

It wasn't a "duel in the pool" between two North American powerhouses. The United States blew Canada out of the water in a jaw-dropping 16-5 quarterfinal bloodbath at the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre.

The match was basically over by the end of the first quarter, with the U.S. up 7-1. Team USA added four more goals in the second and, after a silent third, tacked on an additional five. 

The score marked the largest ever margin of victory in a women’s Olympic knockout round match, though the U.S. did destroy Brazil 13-3 in a Rio 2016 quarterfinal. Three players -- Maggie SteffensMakenzie Fischer, and Alys Williams -- scored three goals each. With 52 career goals, Steffens now holds the record for highest total in women's water polo history.

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Since women's water polo was added to the Olympics in 2000, the U.S. has won a medal in the event at each Games. The Americans took home gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016 -- and are certainly strong contenders for a three-peat in Tokyo.  

The U.S. plays either Australia or the Russian Olympic Committee in the semifinals.

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