France scored the tiebreaking goal with 43 seconds remaining in overtime and Cal's women's water polo team lost 9-8 in the Seventh Place Match of the World University Games in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
Junior Tiera Schroeder scored three goals for the Bears, who represented the United States at the Games. This marked the first time USA Water Polo picked a singular college team to compete against other countries rather than select a squad of all-stars from across the nation.
Juniors Victoria Williams and Missy Hale added two goals apiece for the Bears, who despite playing against some of the best players in the world notched a tie against Australia and lost twice to France by a total of three goals.
Senior Ashley Young also scored and finished the tournament as the team leader with nine goals.
Tuesday's match was close throughout, as neither team ever established more than a one-goal lead. Hale's second goal came with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 8-8, forcing the extra session.
Sophomore Kathleen Menz and freshman Kelsey Roland once again split time at goalie, with Roland making four saves and Menz recording four stops.
The Bears will go through closing ceremonies Wednesday and then return home. The team has been in Kazan since July 1.