Christina Kotsia led the 49ers with a hat-trick in the 9-7 loss to UCSD.
April 11, 2013
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team couldn't stop UCSD's Alexis Wieseler as she netted a game-high four goals to lead the seventeenth-ranked Tritons to a 9-7 upset victory over the 49ers Friday night at the Canyonview Pool. Christina Kotsia led LBSU with another hat-trick and Coriann Snyder chipped in with two.
The loss tonight snapped a five-game winning streak for Long Beach State. The Beach last lost at UC San Diego back in 2011, 9-8.
With the eight saves tonight against the Tritons, Kelly Ringel moves up to the ninth spot on the single-season saves list.
Julia Kirkland got the Tritons (19-12, 6-0 WWPA) off to a quick start scoring on their first possession but the 49ers (22-5, 3-2 Big West) would take the 2-1 in the first thanks to Kotsia.
Kotsia then extended the LBSU lead to 3-1 before Jolene Guiliana found the back of the net. Both squads would go back-and-forth exchanging goals with Coriann Snyder giving the 49ers a 5-4 lead at the 33 seconds mark but Sarah Lizzotte shot a bullet cross cage past Ringel to make it five all at the break.
Long Beach State eventually converted on the offensive end on Snyder's rocket from five-meters out to make it 6-5 in favor of LBSU.
Ringel made a crucial save for the 49ers halfway through the third frame on Melissa Bartow's backhanded shot in set.
The Tritons then took their first lead of the game with 24 seconds remaining behind Wiesler's shot on the counterattack to make it 7-6 UCSD heading into the final period.
Kotsia had a chance to bring The Beach within one on a breakaway counterattack but was denied by UCSD's Courtney Miller. The Tritons then tacked on two more goals in the fourth to secure the 9-7 upset victory over the ninth-ranked 49ers.
Miller finished with 13 saves on the night for UC San Diego.
The 49ers return home Sunday, April 14, for their second to last conference match against No. 13 UC Santa Barbara for a 12 p.m. sprint.
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