The will to win carried the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team to a big victory Tuesday.
And to an even bigger one Thursday .
For the first time in its history, the U.S. women have captured Olympic gold in water polo. The team accomplished the feat by dominating, then holding off, Spain, 8-5, in the tournament final Thursday at Water Polo Arena in London.
On Aug. 1, the teams had played to a 9-9 tie during preliminary round competition. Thursday's final, however, wasn't close. The U.S., which actually trailed, 2-1, scored six consecutive goals to take command. The outburst over two-plus quarters led to an 8-2 lead with just more than seven minutes left in the game.
Maggie Steffens (Danville, Calif.) led all scorers with five goals.
Also Thursday, Australia won the bronze medal by defeating Hungary, 13-11, in overtime.
Laguna Beach's Annika Dries made key contributions during Team's USA's run to gold.