Feb. 9, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The 11th-ranked Long Beach State women’s water polo team took sixth place at the Triton Invitational after splitting two games on Sunday. The Beach, now 5-4 on the season, poured on the offense in a 9-7 upset of No. 6 UC San Diego but fell 4-3 in overtime to Cal State Northridge in the fifth-place game.
LBSU 9 – UCSD 7
The Beach simply outscored the Tritons in the first game of the day as LBSU score at least two goals in each quarter on the way to the 9-7 win. Chelsea Parks went off for four goals to lead the charge for The Beach.
Parks scored in the first along with a goal from Coriann Snyder to give the 49ers a 2-1 lead after the first eight minutes. Snyder’s goal came with just 27 seconds left in the quarter to break the 1-1 tie. Snyder scored again in second to support an earlier goal from Kayla Robert and LBSU took a 4-2 lead into the half. Sarah Lizotte scored UCSD’s goal in the second for her first of four on the day.
Parks and Lizotte both dazzled in the third quarter, scoring multiple goals for their respective teams. Lizotte struck first to close the gap to one goal but Parks answered. Lizotte scored again on a 5-meter shot less than a minute after Parks and a later goal from Alexos Wieseler knotted up the game at 5-5 with another goal for the Tritons.
Justine Morgan scored later in the third to regain the lead for the Beach and Parks struck again on a 5-meter shot for a 7-5 Beach lead. UCSD picked up another goal in the final minute of the shootout quarter to narrow the gap back to one goal heading into the final eight minutes.
After five minutes of scoring silence Morgan padded the Beach lead with her second goal to put The Beach up two. It took just eight seconds for Lizotte to answer for UCSD. Not to be outdone, Parks scored in the final minute to put the game away for LBSU.
LBSU 2, 2, 3, 2 | 9
UCSD 1, 1, 4, 1 | 7
LBSU: Parks 4, Morgan 2, Snyder 2, Robert
UCSD: Lizotte 4, Wieseler 2, Gonzales
LBSU 3 – CSUN 4 (OT)
After a scoring onslaught in the morning game, The Beach engaged in a defensive struggle with the Matadors in the late game that needed extra time to be decided. The teams were deadlocked at 3-3 after 32 minutes but Lindsy Duncan scored with 2:13 left in the second overtime period to lift the Matadors to the win.
Kelly Ringel and The Beach kept CSUN off the board for the first 15 minutes but CSUN finally broke through in the second with a goal in the final minute to knot the score at 1-1 at the half. Celena Photopulos gave CSUN a lead with a goal 29 seconds into the third quarter. Robert responded for The Beach just over a minute later and Morgan scored shortly after that to put LBSU back on top.
CSUN was able to push another goal into the net before the end of the third to tie the game at 3-3 and set up a final quarter showdown. However, neither team was able to beat the opposing goalie although both teams had 5-meter attempts in the final quarter.
After an uneventful first overtime period, Duncan struck with 2:13 left in the second OT to send CSUN home with the win. Long Beach State heads north next week to take on Cal on Saturday and Sonoma St. on Sunday.
LBSU 1, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0 | 3
CSUN 0, 1, 2, 0, 0, 1 | 1
LBSU: Morgan 2, Robert
CSUN: Ferreira 2, Duncan, Photopulos
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