The women’s national water polo team won it’s first game of the 2012 Olympics in record-setting fashion today.
The team, which trains in Los Alamitos, beat Hungary by a score of 14-13 with Californian Maggie Steffens, setting an Olympic record for scoring the most goals in a single match.
Steffens scored a record-tying seven goals for the United States and the Americans needed every one of them.
It didn't take Steffens long to get on the scoreboard, netting her first goal 30 second into the match.
She went on to score two more goals in the first quarter and three more in the second, for six goals in the opening half.
The 19-year-old scored her record-tying goal in the third quarter to put the U.S. up 10-8.
"I had no idea that they kept records like that," Steffens said. "I was just thinking about what the next play was. That's very much the USA mindset. It's not about the goals, it's about the games you win and that's what takes you through, hopefully to the very end."
The match was close throughout and Hungary scored with less than a minute to play to get within one, but the American held on in the final seconds to secure the victory.
Steffens, along with her older sister Jessica and the rest of the U.S. women's water polo team, will play Spain at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.
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