Irvine, Calif.----- A six-goal third quarter propelled the University of California to a 13-6 win over San Jose State in a women's water polo match in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational first round contest.
#17-San Jose State (4-9) led, 2-1, but #4-Cal (11-1) scored nine consecutive goals from the end of the first quarter until deep in the third. Cal's third win over the Spartans this season was by seven goals compared to nine in each of the previous two triumphs.
"We came out strong and had a 2-1 lead. We played some great defense for 30 seconds, but didn't finish (defensively on) some of their possessions," said San Jose State head coach Gabor Sarusi.
"They leveraged our mistakes. Cal is a team that can punish you for your mistakes," Sarusi added. Cal scored four power-play goals during their nine unanswered goal-spurt.
San Jose State takes on #15-Long Beach State in a February 25 tournament match at the Corona del Mar pool in Newport Beach, Calif.
San Jose State University women's water polo
Barbara Kalbus Invitational
UC Irvine Aquatics Center, Irvine, Calif.
February 24, 2017
|#17-San Jose State (4-9)||2||0||1||3||6|
|San Jose State -- Donia Momen, 2; Klaudia Paradi, Carla Toha Vilanova, Molly Kaster, Sierra Painter, 1, each.|
California -- Dora Antal, Carla Carrega, Emily Loughlin, 2, each; Anna Ilies, Sofia Rivas, Kacey Avalos, Grace Morgan, Rachel Lewin, Hannah DeRose, Emma Wright, 1, each.
|San Jose State -- Katelynn Thompson (24 minutes), 4 saves; Tayler Peters (8 minutes, 2 saves).|
|California -- Madeleine Trabucco, 7 saves.|
|San Jose State -- 9.|
|California -- 10.|