Oct. 5, 1997
Men's Water Polo Defeats Anteaters, 9-4
PLEASANT HILL, Calif.-The California men's water polo team defeated UC Irvine, 9-4, Sunday at Diablo Valley College Pool. The Bears boost their record to 8-1, (3-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), while the Anteaters fall to 3-5, (1-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation).
The Anteaters led the first 1:32 of the first quarter with goals scored by freshman Mike Foley and senior Robert Allaire, but the Bears came back to tie the quarter, 2-2, with a goal scored by junior Brad Kittredge and a four-meter penalty shot scored by junior Phinney Gardner. California sophomore Albert Won assisted the Bears in the second quarter with two goals both scored on six-on-five man advantages. The Bears continued to gain strength in the third quarter with the help of Gardner who scored three more goals, two of them on man-up advantages. Anteater senior Greg Finley helped Irvine with goal in the third quarter and Foley again contributed with a goal in the fourth, but the Bear offense continued to dominate the fourth quarter with goals scored again by Kittredge and Won with 4:28 remaining in the match.
California junior goalkeeper Peter Kiefer and UC Irvine senior goalkeeper Tom Davis both played solid matches, tallying nine saves apiece.
The Bears will next travel to Malibu, CA to face Pepperdine Sat., Oct. 11 at 12:00 p.m and then move on to face USC in Los Angeles Sun., Oct. 12 at 12:00 p.m.
UC Irvine 2 0 1 1 --4 California 2 2 3 2 --9 UC Irvine: Foley 2, Allaire 1, Finley 1. California: Gardner 4, Won 3, Kittredge 2. Saves: Kiefer 9 (Cal), Davis 9 (UC Irvine). Records: California 8-1, UC Irvine 3-5.