LOS ANGELES – The No. 3 Cal women’s water polo team scored four of the first five goals and shut down Arizona State’s offense the rest of the way in a 7-4 victory in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Friday night.
The fourth-seeded Bears (20-8) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, where they will play No. 1 Stanford at 3:30 p.m.
MPSF Newcomer of the Year Dora Antal scored on the first possession of the game and junior Kelly McKee added another goal later in the first quarter to give Cal a quick lead. After the Sun Devils (15-11) cut the deficit to 2-1, the Bears got goals from freshman Roser Tarrago and Emily Loughlin to make it 4-1 with 5:12 left in the second period.
The teams then traded goals the rest of the game, with each only scoring once in the second half.