LONG BEACH, CALIF. – Redshirt freshman Farrel South scored the game-winner with 25 seconds left as the No. 5 Cal water polo team came back from a 5-1 first period deficit to post a 10-9 victory over Long Beach State Sunday (Nov. 3) in an MPSF match in Long Beach. Paced by sophomore Colin Mulcahy’s five goals, the Golden Bears improved to 14-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Cal fell into a deep hole to the 49ers in the first period, but was slowly able to get back into the contest when Mulcahy scored three goals in the second period to get the Bears within, 8-4, at halftime. From there, Kirk Everist’s squad dominated the final 16 minutes, outscoring Long Beach State, 6-1, in the last two periods.
A score by Mulcahy with 2:45 left in the contest tied the match, 9-9, and then standout freshman South knock in the game-winning goal with 25 seconds left to give Cal the come-from-behind win.
Senior Hunter Gettelfinger, senior Giacomo Cupido, junior Blake Kelly and sophomore Thomas Agramonte also notched goals for Cal, while junior goalie Jon Sibley finished with seven saves in three periods.
“Long Beach State came out strong and really took it to us,” said Everist. “Our guys did a great job of holding together and fighting back for the win. Our hats go off to Long Beach State. Gavin (Arroyo, former Cal All-American and Olympian) had them ready.”
The Bears will next face five-time defending champion USC in a Pac-12 Networks televised match on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal was the last team to topple the Trojans in the NCAA finals, defeating USC, 8-7, for the 2006 national title; and 8-6, for the 2007 national crown.