Long Beach State Water Polo Sweeps Indiana And Redlands
On the first day of the Arizona State Invitational, Beach water polo defeats Indiana in overtime 9-8 and Redlands 16-2.
Tempe, Ariz. - No. 15 Long Beach State opened the Arizona State Invitational with a big win in overtime against No. 13 Indiana at 9-8 and Redlands 16-2. Junior goalkeeper Alexis Butler had 14 saves against Indiana and sophomore goalkeeper Alba Dominguez had 11 saves against Redlands.
In the first quarter, Indiana took the lead and scored one goal to end the quarter at 0-1. In the second quarter, the Beach stepped up and senior captain Rachel Cretcher scored on a perimeter skip shot to tie with the Hoosiers at 1-1. Indiana scored another goal and ended halftime at 1-2.
In the third quarter, Brooks tied up the score again on a counter goal from the perimeter. Indiana was quick to respond with another goal, but then senior co-captain Justine Morgan scored her first goal from a counter attack to tie the score 3-3. Indiana brought up their lead again and Brooks scored her second goal to put the Beach back up to a tie. The Hoosiers reacted once more with another goal for the lead, but Morgan scored another goal from the perimeter to end the third quarter at a tie of 5-5.
Junior Christina Kotsia was the first to score in the fourth quarter to take the lead for the Beach. Indiana then tied up the score at 6-6, but then freshman Virginia Smith scored from the center position to take back the lead for Long Beach State. The Hoosiers then tied up the score again at 7-7 to bring the match into overtime.
In the first overtime period, Indiana scored first, but then Kotsia threw in a goal from the perimeter. Smith soon followed with a counter attack goal to seal the win for the Beach at 9-8.
Long Beach State- 0, 1, 4, 2, 2, 0| 9 (OT)
Indiana- 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 0| 8 (OT)
LBSU: Smith 2, Morgan 2, Kotsia 2, Brooks 2, Cretcher
Indiana:Matthews 2, Creighton 2, Taylor, Schroeder, Myers, McNaught
LBSU: Butler 14
Indiana: Campbell 6
In the second match of the day against Redlands, LBSU opened the first quarter with seven goals. Brooks and freshman Alexandra Massier each scored twice, while sophomore Daniela Screnci, Morgan, and Smith each scored one goal to finish the first quarter at 7-1.
In the second quarter, Screnci scored her second goal from a six versus five man-up power play and Brooks scored her third goal. Cretcher and freshman Bridget Reynolds also each scored one goal to put the Beach at an 11-2 lead over the Bulldogs.
In the third quarter, junior Emily Matheson score her first goal from the center position. Cretcher threw in her second goal and freshman Luiza Moraes put herself on the board with a goal and ended the third quarter at 14-2.
To finish the match, Matheson scored her second goal from center and freshman Emily Garcynski knocked in a goal from a power play for the win at 16-2.
Long Beach State will play again in the ASU Invitational tomorrow against Hartwick at 10:40 a.m. and No. 6 Arizona State at 1:40 p.m.
Long Beach State- 7, 4, 3, 2| 16
Redlands- 1, 1, 0, 0| 2
LBSU: Brooks 3, Matheson 2, Cretcher 2, Screnci 2, Massier 2, Morgan, Moraes, Smith, Reynolds, Garcynski
LBSU: Dominguez 11
Redlands: Lopez 6
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