Feb. 3, 2008
BERKELEY - The No. 5 California women's water polo team easily handled Sonoma State, 21-4, in a nonconference match-up at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Sunday afternoon. Ten different Golden Bears scored a season-high 21 goals, with Grace Reynolds pacing Cal with four goals. California improves to 4-0 overall while Sonoma State drops to 1-2.
The Bears won the first sprint and went on a 13-0 scoring rampage to open the game. Sophomore two-meter Grace Reynolds scored Cal's first goal 24 seconds into the game after a failed five-meter penalty attempt by the Bears. Junior two-meter defender Melissa Wheeler scored after freshman defender Kirstin Auker stole the ball and passed it to sophomore utility Julie Oreglia, who dished it out to Wheeler.
Senior defender Katya Eadington scored next with a skip shot seven meters out, bringing the score to 3-0. Reynolds scored back-to-back goals 20 seconds apart to distance the Bears by five. Sophomore defender Erin Scully and Auker each had an assist and a goal in the fourth minute of the first period, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead. Junior two-meter defender Paige Lorenz scored her first goal of the year off an assist from sophomore utility Darby Anderson. Auker and Scully scored in the final two minutes to give Cal a 10-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Sophomore Meghan Corso opened the second stanza with two goals. Anderson drew a five-meter penalty with 1:22 remaining in the half and redshirt freshman Laura Wood took the shot and scored her first goal as a Golden Bear. Sonoma State scored its first goal of the game with less than a minute left in the second quarter when senior Samantha Burchard skipped a shot into the goal. Anderson scored with 26 seconds to play to further distance Cal, 14-1.
The Seawolves opened the third period with a shot from senior Jessica Scott that found the corner of the goal, and Burchard followed that up with a goal to bring Sonoma State within 11, 14-3. Sophomore defender Remy Champion got on the board with a goal at the five-minute mark. Auker capitalized on a fast break to score her third goal of the game with 2:26 to play in the third period. Lorenz knocked in two shots to give Cal a 18-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Corso had a buzzer-beating goal to start the fourth quarter. Champion dished out two assists - one to Reynolds and the other to Eadington - for Cal's final two goals of the period. Sonoma State's Jenna Bole scored the final goal of the game from beyond seven meters with 1:20 to play.
The Bears continue their homestand with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent No. 4 Hawaii on Thursday evening. The first sprint is slated for 7 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Score by period 1 2 3 4 F Sonoma State 0 1 2 1 4 California 10 4 4 3 21Sonoma State goals: Samantha Burchard 2, Jenna Bole 1, Jessica Scott 1
California goals: Grace Reynolds 4, Kirstin Auker 3, Meghan Corso 3, Paige Lorenz 3, Katya Eadington 2, Erin Scully 2, Darby Anderson 1, Remy Champion 1, Melissa Wheeler 1, Laura Wood 1