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Belgrade 2017 Day 3: A convincing second half helps Canada earn a second win

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 7 2017) – The Canadian Men’s Team played a solid second half to earn a 15-7 win over South Africa at the 2017 FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Despite their slow start, the Canadian Men showcased the depth of this squad as nine different players put their names on the scoresheet.

Canada took an early lead in the first quarter, Aleksa Gardijan and Felix Poliseno both scored for the Canadian squad (2-0). South Africa managed to score one as well before the end of the first quarter (2-1).

The South Africans came out running in the second quarter as they scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead. Bogdan Djerkovic netted one to put his team within one goal (3-4). However, South Africa score another goal to regain a two goal lead. The Canadian men would then score three goals of their own when Mark Spooner, Aria Soleimani and Reuel D’Souza netted each one goal. South Africa’s Miguel Morais got the equalizer just before the end of the first half.

The Canadians came out firing in the second half, netting five unanswered goals to take a 11-6 lead with Alexis Reiher scoring twice and Jérémie Côté netting one. Soleimani and D’Souza each put one on target to give Canada a comfortable 11-6 lead. South Africa would score one before the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter was all Canada as the players outscored their opponents 4-0. Spooner, Soleimani and Gardijan each scored one for the Maple Leaf just to see Benjamin Lemay-Lavoie net his first of the tournament to confirm the Canadian win (15-7).

"We had a slow start to the game and we weren't creating good scoring chances. After the first half we started to find our rhythm of the game and had a good third quarter. We need to start our next game against Italy like our third quarter and come out with a lot of energy." mentioned Gareth Jones of the 20U Men’s National Team.

Canada will take on Italy tomorrow morning at 9:00 am local / 3:00 am ET as they move to 2-0-0 record. Live stream is available via the Water Polo Serbia Facebook page.



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