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U.S. Picked Apart by Skilled Croatians

September 23, 2000|HELENE ELLIOTT

The U.S. men's water polo team knew its Olympic road would be a tough one. Just how tough became clear in its tournament opener today, a 10-7 loss to Croatia at Ryde Aquatic Center in Sydney.

Able to isolate players in front of the net with surprising ease, Croatia used a pinpoint passing game to distance itself from the U.S. in the first quarter. Center forward Igor Hinic led Croatia with three goals and center back Ratko Stritof and driver Samir Barac each scored two.

Driver Wolf Wigo led the U.S. with three goals on four shots. Three-time Olympian Chris Humbert scored the last two goals of the game in the final 90 seconds to make the score a bit less embarrassing, and center back Gavin Arroyo and driver Tony Azevedo (penalty shot) each scored once.

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