Cal’s women’s water polo team played France even in the second half but fell 7-5 in a Preliminary Round Group B matchup at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia on Monday.
The Bears were selected by USA Water Polo to serve as Team USA for the Games.
Monday’s game was close throughout, as the teams alternated goals for a good portion of the first half. After France took a 1-0 lead with 6:09 left in the first quarter, the Bears came back to tie it on a goal by Chris Baker at the 4:49 mark of the period. France scored again with five seconds remaining in the first, but Cal’s Missy Hale knotted the score at 2-2 with a goal just 24 seconds into the second quarter.
France took a 4-2 lead into the half with back-to-back goals later in the second quarter.
Cal junior Tiera Schroeder scored early in the third period to shave the deficit to 4-3, but France once again pushed it to a two-goal advantage with 2:08 left in the quarter. Incoming freshman Brigitta Games made it 5-4 by scoring with 1:43 remaining in the third, but France scored the next two goals to extend its advantage.
Sophomore Brooke Vowell closed out the scoring for the Bears with a goal with seven seconds remaining in the contest.
Sophomore Kathleen Menz played the entire game in goal for the Bears and recorded seven saves. Cal outshot France, 30-25.
The Bears will play another preliminary round game Wednesday against Australia.