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US Women Advance to Olympic Water Polo Final

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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US Women Advance to Olympic Water Polo Final

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Kami Craig of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal in overtime against Australia during their women's semifinal water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Maggie Steffens scored four goals and the U.S. outlasted Australia to win 11-9 in extra time and advance to women's water polo final at the London Olympics.

In a bruising match between the two favorites in London, Australia's Southern Ash converted a penalty with one second left on the clock in regulation to tie the match 9-9 and force extra time.

The officials awarded the penalty after U.S. coach Adam Krikorian called a time-out without his team having possession of the ball.

Steffens put the U.S. ahead in the first of two three-minute extra-time periods with a skip shot, and Kami Craig followed up with another goal to give the Americans the 11-9 win and another shot at their first gold medal in the event.

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