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US women advance to Olympic water polo final

Aug. 7, 2012: Maggie Steffens, top, of the United States defends against Holly Lincoln-Smith of Australia during a women's semifinal water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

Aug. 7, 2012: Maggie Steffens, top, of the United States defends against Holly Lincoln-Smith of Australia during a women's semifinal water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.  (AP2012)

Maggie Steffens scored four goals and the U.S. outlasted Australia 11-9 in overtime Tuesday to advance to the women's water polo final at the London Olympics.

Australia's Southern Ash converted a penalty with one second left to force overtime at 9-9. An automatic penalty was awarded after U.S. coach Adam Krikorian called a time-out without his team having possession of the ball.

Steffens put the U.S. ahead in the first of two three-minute extra periods with a skip shot, and Kami Craig followed up with another goal to give the Americans the win and another shot at their first gold medal in the event.