Water Polo Takes 3rd at SoCal Tournament
September 20, 1998
Newport Beach, CA - In their first game of the tournament, against Long Beach State on Saturday, Cal came out strong, shutting LBSU out in the first quarter. But the 49ers came charging back in the second, scoring four goals to lead at the half, 4-3. Cal was able to regain its composure in the second half, outscoring Long Beach 5-2 to secure the win.
It took the Bears three overtime periods, including sudden death, to overcome UC San Diego in their second Saturday game. After falling behind 3-1 in the first quarter, Cal trailed the entire contest, up until the fourth quarter when the Bears came roaring back, scoring four and holding the Tritons to only two points in the period to deadlock the game 7-7, at the end of regulation. It took senior Ryan Flynn's game-winning score, his sixth in the contest, to give the Bears their second victory of the tournament, propelling them to the tournament semifinals.
In the semis, Cal faced USC, the eventual tournament champions. Cal trailed by only one point at the half, but let the game slip away as USC went on a five point run while holding the Bears to only two goals in the third period. The Trojans held on to win the match, 11-6, as seven players on their team netted goals in the contest.
Cal matched up against No. 5 Pepperdine in the 3rd place game. After trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Bears dominated the second half, more than doubling their goal production and outscoring Pepperdine 7-1, to defeat the Waves 10-5, good enough for third place in the tournament.
Flynn, who led the team with thirteen goals in the tournament, had a five goal effort in the 3rd place game after going scoreless against USC, to improve his team-high, season total to 17. Also leading the Bears offensively was junior driver Albert Won who had seven goals including two 2-pointers in the tournament. Goalie Peter Kiefer, who had a stellar game against Pepperdine, pulling down eleven saves, increased his season total to 36.
Next weekend, the Bears travel to Goleta, CA to take on UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos finished 8th in the tournament after losing to Long Beach State, 9-7.
Game 1 (Sat.) Long Beach State 0 4 1 1 -- 6 California 2 1 3 2 -- 8
LBSU: Colyer 3, Plossel, Lindstrom, Sakatini. Cal: Won 4 (1 two-ptr), Flynn 2, Arroyo.
Saves: Carter (LBSU) 7, Kiefer (Cal) 9.
Game 2 (Sat.) UC San Diego 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 -- 8 California 1 1 1 4 1 0 1 -- 9
UCSD: Cole 2, Djapic, Wylie, Lindstrom, Silvestri, Dandy. Cal: Flynn 6, Hazor 2, Stone.
Saves: Busch (UCSD) 12, Kiefer (Cal) 5.
Tournament Semifinals (Sun.) California 2 0 2 2 -- 6 USC 2 1 5 3 -- 11
Cal: Won 2 (1 two-ptr), Kittredge 2, Arroyo. USC: Castle 2, Pintaric 2, Csaszar (two-ptr), Basso (two-ptr), Babic, Janov, O'Rourke.
Saves: Kiefer (Cal) 5, McEvoy (USC) 9.
3rd Place Game (Sun.) California 1 2 3 4 -- 10 Pepperdine 0 4 1 0 -- 5
Cal: Flynn 5, Hazor (two-ptr), Won, Arroyo. Pepperdine: Pope 3, King, Hylton.
Saves: Kiefer (Cal) 11, Moses (P) 8.