April 12, 2008
BERKELEY - The No. 6 California women's water polo team dominated a short-handed Cal State Bakersfield, 16-6, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Playing for the last time in front of their home crowd, seniors Molly Hayes, Katya Eadington and Heather Stuart pushed the Golden Bears to the double-digit victory over the Roadrunners. Hayes paced the Bears with three goals and Stuart grabbed eight saves. Cal improves to 16-9 overall.
The Bears scored on their second possession on a goal from Grace Reynolds, who was assisted by Katya Eadington. Four minutes would pass before either team could put one through, and another Reynolds's goal ended the scoring drought with 3:09 left in the first quarter. The Roadrunners followed with a goal on a five-meter penalty shot. Despite repeated attempts, CSUB's goal was the final of the first quarter, which ended with Cal leading 2-1.
The Bears opened the second stanza with two skip-shot goals, the first from Paige Lorenz (5:58) and the second from senior Molly Hayes (4:29). Remy Champion got on the board next thank to an assist from Julie Oreglia. Stephanie Schnugg's goal off a Jillian Chiapuzio assist brought the score to 6-1 at halftime.
Hayes took advantage of a fast break one minute into the third period with a goal assisted by Kristin Auker, who then scored her on goal on the next possession. With Cal up 8-1, the Roadrunners responded with back-to-back goals by Petra Koudelkova at the 5:55 mark and Becky Seelos at 5:27. Cal's Darby Anderson and Erin Scully scored the next two goals to distance Cal, 10-3. CSUB capitalized on another five-meter penalty shot by Amanda Ortiz. Anderson scored on a lob shot, which CSUB answered with a tip-shot goal from Katherine Gillett to close the third quarter with Cal on top, 11-5.
A tired Roadrunner squad could not keep up with the Bears, and Cal outscored CSUB, 5-1, in the final period. Meghan Corso scored just 27 second into the fourth quarter, upping Cal's lead to 12-5. Four minutes later, Camille Hewko put one through from well beyond seven meters. Erika Hanson scored back-to-back goals. Auker scored the final goal of the match off a Hanson assist and a Coral Kemp steal.
Stuart grabbed eight saves between the posts for Cal while CSUB's Veronica Campbell had 11. The Bears will travel to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament in San Diego, which begins April 24.
Score by period 1 2 3 4 F CSU Bakersfield 1 0 4 1 6 California 2 4 5 5 16CSUB goals: Amanda Ortiz 2, Becky Seelos 2, Katherine Gillett 1, Petra Koudelkova 1
Cal goals: Molly Hayes 3, Darby Anderson 2, Kirsten Auker 2, Erika Hanson 2, Grace Reynolds 2, Remy Champion 1, Camille Hewko 1, Paige Lorenz 1, Stephanie Schnugg 1, Erin Scully 1