March 30, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team clawed its way back in the second half behind clutch shots from Christina Kotsia and Chelsea Parks at the Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday afternoon against No. 15 UC Davis for the 9-8 comeback victory. Melissa Matheson led the 49ers with three goals while Parks chipped in with two, both of which came in the fourth.
Kelly Ringel recorded critical saves for the 49ers (21-4, 2-2 Big West) down the stretch and finished with eight saves on the day.
UC Davis came out firing in the opening minutes as Carmen Eggert recorded all three goals for the Aggies with a natural hat-trick. Matheson however kept the 49ers within reach scoring both goals for LBSU in set to trail UCD 3-2 after one quarter.
The Aggies (12-14, 0-5 Big West) duo of Eggert and Jessica Dunn continued to carry the offense netting all three goals for UC Davis in the second period. With the 49ers trailing 6-4 with time expiring, Justine Morgan's shot got tipped by Riane Woods but wasn't enough as the ball fell into the cage as the clock struck zero with The Beach trailing 6-5 going into the break.
Matheson continued to be the catalyst for the 49er offense with a hat-trick at 5:48 to knot things up at six all. Both teams had several opportunities to score in the third period but just couldn't hit their mark hitting the cross bar each time.
Chelsea Parks gave the 49ers their first lead of the day with a rocket past Woods but UC Davis' Dunn answered with a goal at 3:57 to make it seven all. The Beach regained the lead after Kotsia's shot was tipped in at 1:43 making it 8-7 in favor of LBSU.
Parks' goal with 56 seconds remaining extended the lead to 9-7 and was eventually the game-winner after Eggert netted her fifth goal of the day on the Aggies' last possession. Kotsia then ran the clock out for the 9-8 comeback victory.
Long Beach State returns home next Saturday at noon, April 6, for a conference match up with Cal State Northridge at the Campus Pool.
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