US Water Polo Bests Top-Ranked Croatia

Ninth-ranked Americans hope for medal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 16, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
Croatia's head coach, Ratko Rudic, yells at his players during the match. At right are Zdeslav Vrdoljak (4) and Andro Buslje (3).    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – The ninth-ranked US water polo team took down top-ranked Croatia in a surprise 7-5 Olympic victory today, the New York Times reports. The victory was thanks in large part to the defensive work of goalie Merrill Moses, who had 11 saves. “What better place to take down the best team in the world than the Olympic stage?” Moses asked.

Offensively, Tony Azevedo’s three goals were key to the win. The US must now face Germany . “If we play well and play together we can beat anyone out there,” said coach Terry Schroeder. But “no one is going to give it to us.” (Read more water polo stories.)