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No. 11 UCSD Upsets No. 10 Pacific, Falls to No. 3 UCLA
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The 11th-ranked University of California San Diego women’s water polo team concluded play at UC Santa Barbara’s Winter Invitational Sunday with a 15-12 overtime upset of No. 10 Pacific and a 17-2 loss to third-ranked UCLA.
UC San Diego began the day with a thriller against Pacific as sophomore Krista Schneider scored the game-tying goal with just seconds remaining in regulation to send the match into overtime. In OT, the Tritons outscored the Tigers, 5-2, to pull off the upset.
In the second game of the day, UCSD could not hold off a powerful UCLA offense and struggled to find offensive output itself.
The Tritons finished 2-2 overall at the two-day tournament.
GAME ONE – UCSD 15, UOP 12 (OT)
Senior Alexis Wieseler put the Tritons on the board first with back-to-back goals in the opening minutes of the match. UOP responded with three goals of its own to take a 3-2 lead. With just over two minutes remaining in the period, senior Lauren Boyer added her first goal of the day, however the Tigers scored again to end the quarter with a lead.
In the second frame, UCSD used four goals to regain the lead, 7-6. Boyer scored three times, while classmate Lani Tittle notched one during. The Triton defense held the Tigers to only two goals in the period.
Boyer and Schneider each scored in the early minutes of the third quarter to give UC San Diego a three-goal lead, 9-6. Pacific rounded out the frame with back-to-back goals to cut the Triton lead to one.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers’ Ellen Tiedermann found the back of the net to even the game at nine apiece. UOP scored again with under two minutes to go to regain the lead. However, Schneider’s game-tying goal with :36 seconds on the clock sent the contest into overtime.
The Tritons dominated in both extra periods to earn their second victory of the year. Boyer added two goals while Tittle, Wieseler and junior Kayla Fedler each had one.
Boyer totaled a game-high seven goals. Wieseler had three while Tittle and Schneider each scored twice and Fedler once.
Freshman Reilly Gallagher made 11 saves in goal.
“I was very impressed with how our team played against Pacific today,” said UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp. “We scored in the final seconds to send the game to overtime and then played extremely well against a very tough team and came up with the win.”
GAME TWO – UCLA 17, UCSD 2
Facing their third-nationally ranked opponent in 48 hours, the Tritons were unable to overcome the powerful UCLA attack and came up short in their final game of the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational.
Boyer found the back of the net in the second quarter to put UCSD on the board. She capped her impressive weekened of play with 12 total goals over the four contests.
Wieseler rounded out the Triton scoring with a goal in the third frame. She amassed 10 goals during the tournament.
Gallagher played all four quarters in goal and tallied seven saves.
“Overall I think we played great this weekend,” Kreutzkamp said. “I am excited to see us move forward into our season.”
UC San Diego takes a break prior to hosting its annual Triton Invitational, scheduled for Feb. 11-12 at Canyonview.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
UCSD 3 4 2 1 2 3 – 15
UOP 4 2 2 2 1 1 – 12
UOP: Ellen Tiedermann 3, Kyra Christmas 3, Karolina Hiavata 2, Rachel Krieger 2, Truly Dorland 1, Aelish Guinn 1
UCSD: Reilly Gallagher 11
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
UCSD 0 1 1 0 – 2
UCLA 7 3 2 5 – 17
UCLA: Maddie Musselmann 5, Alys Williams 3, Lizette Rozeboom 3, Rachel Fattal 1, Devin Grab 1, Alexis Angermund 1, Jenna Hurst 1, Alexa Tielmann 1, Aubrie Monahan 1
UCSD: Reilly Gallagher 7
On January 21st :
GAME ONE – UCSD 16, Sonoma State 7
UC San Diego took a 1-0 lead when a shot from Boyer found the back of the net just seconds into the match. However, the Seawolves followed with a goal from Taylor Brown to tie the game, 1-1. A minute later, Sonoma State scored again to take its only lead, 2-1. Wieseler notched her first goal of the match to knot the game, 2-2. With five minutes showing on the clock, Boyer scored again to give the Tritons a 3-2 lead. Junior Kayla Fedler put away the final goal of the quarter as UCSD held a 4-3 advantage.
The Tritons were on fire to open the second quarter, scoring four unanswered goals to take an 8-3 advantage. Wieseler scored twice to complete her hat trick while Boyer and sophomore Chanel Schilling each had a goal during the stretch. Sonoma State powered back with two consecutive goals to round out the quarter, but UCSD remained ahead, 8-5, going into halftime.
The Triton defense proved tough during the third quarter, holding the Seawolves to only one goal. UCSD kept its momentum and scored five times during the frame to take a 13-6 advantage. Schilling scored twice to notch her first hat trick of the season. The remaining goals came from senior Lani Tittle, freshman Jessee Ransone and sophomore Krista Schneider.
UCSD scored three more times in the fourth and again held SSU to a single score. Senior Rachel Emami notched her first goal of the season while both Wieseler and Boyer tallied their fourth goals of the match.
In her collegiate debut, freshman Reilly Gallagher totaled six saves and one assist while playing all four quarters in goal.
GAME TWO – Hawai’i 8, UCSD 5
After Hawai’i opened with a score, Schneider fired off a quick response to tie the game. However, the Rainbow Wahine returned with two more goals to take a 3-1 lead to end the first quarter.
UH held the Tritons scoreless during the second frame, tallying three goals of its own to go up by five (6-1) at the intermission.
UCSD again entered the third quarter strong as Fedler scored back-to-back goals to cut Hawai’i’s lead to 6-3. The Triton defense stepped up and stopped any scoring attempts from the Rainbow Wahine in the quarter. With three seconds remaining, Wieseler drilled a shot into the back of the cage to bring the Tritons within striking distance, 6-4, heading into the final quarter.
Two goals from Hawai’i in the opening of the fourth ultimately determined the game. The Tritons tried to fight back with a goal from Wieseler in the final two minutes. However, it wasn’t enough as the Rainbow Wahine escaped with the victory.
Schneider and Fedler led the offense with two goals each, while Gallagher made another 13 saves and notched an assist.
“I was extremely happy with our performance against Hawai’i tonight,” Kreutzkamp said. “We stepped up and played toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the country and I thought we played great and showed a lot of physicality.”
UCSD will return to action Sunday for day two of the Winter Invitational, facing No. 10 Pacific at 12:00 p.m. followed by No. 3 UCLA at 3:00 p.m.
GAME ONE BOX SCORE
UCSD 4 4 5 3 – 16
Sonoma St. 3 2 1 1 – 7
Sonoma State: Nicole Groat 3, Taylor Brown 2, Keira Daily 1, Carleigh Robinson 1
UCSD: Reilly Gallagher 7
GAME TWO BOX SCORE
UCSD 1 0 3 1 – 5
Hawai’i 3 3 0 2 – 8
Hawai’i: Julia Barton 2, Claire Nixon 2, Chloe Barr 2, Erika Pauley 1, Maartje Keuning 1
UCSD: Reilly Gallagher 13