Beach Water Polo Takes Sixth In Big West Tournament
Long Beach State fell to UC Santa Barbara in overtime 10-9.
Honolulu, Hawai'i- Long Beach State lost to UC Santa Barbara in overtime in the fifth place match in the Big West Tournament 10-9. Junior Christina Kotsia led the Beach with three goals and freshman goalkeeper Marriette Harris had eight saves.
In the first quarter, freshman Alexandra Massier scored the first goal on a six versus five man up power play. The Gauchos reacted with a goal to tie the match 1-1 at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Kotsia scored her first goal from the perimeter and junior Emily Matheson scored a beautiful back hand shot from the center position. UCSB scored two more goals and ended the quarter with a tie 3-3.
In the third quarter, senior captain Justine Morgan scored on a power play and Kotsia scored her second goal from the perimeter to lead the Beach 5-4 at the end of the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Kotsia and freshman Virginia Smith each scored from a power play, but UCSB scored two more goals to tie the match 7-7.
In the first overtime period, junior Kayla Robert scored the first goal from the center position. UCSB answered back with two goals, then Smith scored at the buzzer with a lob off the perimeter to tie the match 9-9. In the second over time, the Gauchos scored once more to win the match 10-9.
Long Beach State- 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 0| 9
UC Santa Barbara-1, 2, 1, 4, 1, 1 | 10
LBSU: Kotsia 3, Smith 2, Massier, Morgan, Robert, Matheson
UCSB: Hendrix 3, Fitzgerald 2, Shore, Schrader, Shafer, Hudson, Solberg,
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