Feb. 9, 2013
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The women's water polo team splits a pair of games at day one of the Triton Invitational sinking No. 11 Michigan 8-6 but dropped a thrilling game to No. 7 San Diego State 7-6 in overtime. Chelsea Parks and Claire Martin led the 49ers (1-1) with three goals each while Kelly Ringel recorded 16 saves to wrap up the first two games of 2013.
Game 1: Long Beach State 8 - #11 Michigan 6
The Long Beach State women's water polo team took down No. 11 Michigan 8-6 to kick off its 2013 season at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. Three players scored multiple goals while Kelly Ringel notched six saves for the 49ers.
Coriann Snyder fired in the first goal of 2013 for LBSU at 4:28 in the first period. Michigan (2-7) answered with back-to-back goals before Christina Kotsia fired in a penalty shot with :43 remaining in the first to tie the game up at 2 for her first goal as a 49er (1-0).
The second quarter flew by with very little action as the defense took over for both teams with the lone goal coming from Kotsia for her second of the day.
Melissa Matheson recorded her first goal of the season at the 2-meter on a pass from Leigh Auth to open the second half. The Wolverines' Elizabeth Williams answered with her own goal at 3:46 but Matheson would fire in her second goal to make it 5-3 Long Beach State.
Claire Martin recorded a goal at the 6:30 mark but UM's leading scorer Kiki Golden fired in a goal past Ringel on the 6-on-5 advantage to put the Wolverines' within two. Michigan's Ali Thomason broke away on the counter-attack but Ringel grabbed a huge save to deny Thomason the goal with 2:12 on the clock.
Junior Chelsea Parks would put the 49ers up by three (8-5) with 1:41 left to play as the shot clock expired. Presley Pender would put UM within two with :35 seconds remaining but it was too late as Long Beach State held on for the 8-6 victory.
Game 2: #7 San Diego State 7 - Long Beach State 6 (OT)
Long Beach State drops a heart-breaker to seventh-ranked San Diego State 7-6 in overtime to wrap up day one of the Triton Invitational. Anique Hermann gave the Aztecs the 7-6 lead and game-winning goal at 2:34 in the second overtime period.
The 49ers started the match off with a 3-1 run capped off by Kayla Robert's first career goal with :54 seconds left in the first frame.
The second and third periods didn't see much action as both schools only scored a goal each with SDSU's Pezzolla scoring her second penalty shot.
Claire Martin scored the lone goal for the 49ers in the fourth period as the Aztecs (8-1) went on a 3-1 to tie the match up at 5-5 to send it to overtime.
Chelsea Parks fired one past SDSU's Rachel Mitchell for the 6-5 lead in the first overtime period but Alex Ford would answer with a goal of her own, her fourth on the night, to make it six all with 1:10 left in the first overtime period.
Long Beach State had a couple chances down the stretch to send the match into sudden-victory but couldn't find the back of the net after Hermann's eventual game-winning goal.
The 49ers return to action Sunday, February 10, at 8:30 a.m. against No. 17 Cal State Northridge at the Triton Pool.
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