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Jan. 22, 2013
Saturday, January 26
6 p.m. - No. 11 Michigan (1-3) at No. 4 Cal (1-0)
Spieker Aquatics Complex - Berkeley, Calif.
BERKELEY - The No. 4 Cal's women's water polo team begins the home portion of it he 2013 schedule with a match under the lights Saturday against No. 11 Michigan at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears opened the season with a 14-4 win last Saturday at Pacific. Sophomore Tiera Schroeder led Cal with three goals. The Bears were a perfect 8-0 last year at Spieker Pool and have lost just two home matches over the past three years.
Csikos To Provide Boost
The Bears are getting a big injection of scoring this season with the return of senior Emily Csikos, a three-time All-American who didn't play in 2012 to compete with the Canadian National Team. Csikos, who scored 10 goals in five matches for Canada during last year's Olympic Qualification Tournament, scored a goal in the season-opening win over Pacific and now has 168 goals in her Cal career. She is just 54 goals shy of Cal all-time leading scorer Colette Glinkowski. Csikos was an honorable mention All-American as a freshman in 2009 and a first team All-American in 2010 and 2011. Csikos scored 69 goals in 2010, the fifth-best mark all-time at Cal. In 2011, she was a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award, given to the top player in the country.
With Csikos out last season, senior Breda Vosters carried the scoring load. She led the Bears in goals for the second straight year, tallying 49 in 25 matches and being named a first team All-American. Vosters scored 63 goals in 2011, the ninth-best mark ever at Cal, and was a third team American. She scored two goals during Saturday's win over Pacific.
The Wolverines opened the season by going 1-3 at the Michigan Kick-Off last weekend, although all three losses came against top-10 opponents.
Senior Kiki Golden led MIchigan with eight goals while juniors Kelsey Nolan and Audrey Pratt added six.
Golden, Nolan and junior Lauren Colton earned All-American honorable mention last season.
Michigan went 23-12 in 2012 and won their 11th straight CWPA championship.
This And That
Cal had four multiple goal-scorers in Saturday's win over Pacific -- Tiera Schroeder (3), Breda Vosters (2), Dana Ochsner (2) and Ashley Young (2).
Goalie Savanna Smith made five saves in her 2013 debut
Freshman Sierra Smiley scored her first collegiate goal against the Tigers
Cal is 5-0 all-time against Michigan, including a 9-7 win during last year's Stanford Invitational
Next Week in the Pool
The Bears will be part of a strong field at the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 2-3. Cal will play No. 14 Indiana and No. 3 UCLA on Saturday and No. 13 Hawaii and in the championship round on Sunday. The Bears are 10-1 all-time against the Hoosiers, 11-40 against the Bruins and 27-8 against the Rainbow Wahine.