The United States women's water polo team on Wednesday suffered its first loss in Olympic competition since the gold-medal match at Beijing in 2008.
Thirteen years. Poof!
Hungary, a traditional "old continent" power in the sport, matched the Americans with two goals in the first quarter and three in the second, setting the stage for a wild second half.
The U.S. jumped ahead 8-6 heading into the fourth quarter, but Hungary tied it up 9-9 late. And with a mere 45 seconds left in the match. Rebecca Parkes flipped an overhead shot past U.S. goaltender Ashleigh Johnson for the difference-maker.
Maddie Musselman scored a hat trick and Makenzie Fischer and Rachel Fattal each scored twice for the Americans, who fell to 2-1 in group stage play and remain in position to advance to the knockout rounds with one more preliminary match to play.
Hungary improved to 1-0-1. The U.S. still leads the group at 2-1 but has played one more game.
In Group A, Canada routed South Africa 21-1, and the Netherlands beat Spain 14-13 for their first win of the tournament.