The USA Men’s Water Polo Team fought back from a three-goal deficit but still fell to improving Australia, 10-9, on day two of the FINA World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy on Wednesday. The loss puts the Americans at 0-2 in group play with a match against hosts Italy on Thursday.
The Sharks looked well underway to a solid win over USA, but the Americans shifted the momentum in the third period on two straight goals from Josh Samuels and made it a close and tense finish. Goals went back and forth in the close contest with Aaron Younger stepping up for the Aussie Sharks. He scored a penalty shot and finished off a beautiful tough drive from the left wing to give Australia a 9-7 lead which looked be more or less decisive. USA captain Tony Azevedo however had other plans and was quick to convert a defensive error by the Aussies to cut the dificit to 9-8 with a minute remaining but the Australia defence then held on. And when Nathan Power scored with 27 seconds remaining the victory was there for the Aussie Sharks, despite a late consolation goal by Alex Bowen with 19 seconds to go for the 10-9 final score.