BERKELEY – Freshman Roser Tarrago registered her second six-goal game of the season and the No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team overcame the absence of two key players in a 12-10 victory over No. 10 San Jose State in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Tarrago, a Silver Medalist with Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, scored all of her goals in the first half and five of the Bears’ first six. Her offensive output helped Cal compensate for the absence of MPSF leading scorer Dora Antal, who sat out with a minor arm injury. Junior Tiera Schroeder also missed the match with the flu.
Tarrago and Antal now each have two six-goal games this season. Before this season, there had been only seven six-goal outbursts in school history.
Tarrago scored Cal’s first two goals to tie it at 2-2, and after junior Kelly McKee got on the board, Tarrago added two more to give the Bears (14-3, 1-0 MPSF) a 5-2 advantage. From there, the match alternated between three and four-goal leads for Cal for most of the rest of the way. The Spartans (13-9, 0-2) scored their final goal with 52 seconds remaining.
The Bears are next in action next Saturday when they travel to No. 1 USC for a match that will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The opening sprint is at 4:30 p.m.
No. 4 Cal 12, No. 10 San Jose State 10
SJSU 3 2 2 3 - 10
Cal 5 3 3 1 - 12
SJSU Goals: Clara Espar Llaquet 3, Rae Lekness 2, Timi Molnar 2, Rachel Henry, Cara Robinson, Bianca Seyfert.
Cal Goals: Roser Tarrago 6, Brooke Vowell 2, Anna Illes, Kelly McKee, Stephanie Mutafyan, Kelly McKee.
SJSU Saves: Maddie Reardon 3.
Cal Saves: Madeline Trabucco 13.