Four-time Olympian Terry Schroeder, coach of the U.S. men's water polo team, has been providing updates from the world championships in Shanghai. Here's his latest report after Thursday's match:
Another solid effort by our team. This time we did not let Germany jump on us early. Instead, we took a commanding 4-1 lead and played a great first half. We actually went up, 8-4, at the half.
The best part of what was going on in the game for us was our six-on-five play. We scored our first seven six-on-five situations and this was a big part of our early lead. We were confident, aggressive, and yet we were patient and smart. We worked the ball around very well and made great choices as we broke down the defense.
The Germans made a big charge in the third and fourth quarter as we lost a bit of momentum. In the end we hung on for an exciting 9-8 victory.
One of the best elements of this game was that we actually had seven different players score for us. Ryan Bailey led the way with two goals and Peter Varellas, Peter Hudnut, Adam Wright, Brian Alexander, Jeff Powers and Layne Beaubien each scored to secure the win. Merrill [Moses] played another great game in the cage. It was a good team effort.