Women's Water Polo

Third-Seeded Long Beach State Spurs The Gauchos in Overtime to Advance to Semifinals

April 28, 2017

Davis, Calif. - After playing a six-overtime game just two weeks ago, Long Beach State and UCSB met again on Friday afternoon, this time in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament. These teams must like to play extra minutes because the matchup resulted in OT again, but this time no sudden death was needed. The Beach got a goal from Annabel Harman in the first three-minute overtime period to take down the Gauchos 7-6 and advance to the semifinals.

In the opening period, UCSB got on the board first with a goal at the 5:13 mark. The Beach answered quickly as Virginia Smith scored on a beautiful no-look, backhand shot near the cage with about four minutes remaining in the period. There was no offense in the last four minutes as the teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first.

The Gauchos took a 2-1 advantage only 27 seconds into the second period. Santa Barbara would score again 30 seconds later to increase its lead to 3-1. Virginia Smith got LBSU going in the second on a goal assisted by Alexandra Massier with 2:30 left in the half. UCSB provided an answer just 17 seconds later to regain a two-goal advantage. But Christina Kotsia scored with just under two minutes to go as the Gauchos led 4-3 at the break.

For the third straight period, it was UC Santa Barbara who got on the board first. The Gauchos led 5-3 with about 2:30 left in the third, but Christina Kotsia would score twice for the Beach to close out the period as the game was tied 5-5 after three.

 

 

Each team scored within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to knot the game up at 6-6. Neither team could muster any offense in the last 6:30 of the game so the two teams headed to overtime.

In the first overtime period, Annabel Harman scored an even-strength goal off a pass from Virginia Smith to give Long Beach State a 7-6 advantage. In the second three-minute OT period, both teams had chances but no one could find the net as LBSU held off the Gauchos to advance to the semifinals.

Goalie Eirini Patras finished with 10 saves and two steals. Christina Kotsia led the beach with three goals and four steals.

The Beach will take on second-seeded Hawai’i tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Schaal Aquatics Center.

No. 3 Long Beach State -- 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 0 | 7

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara -- 1, 3, 1, 1, 0, 0 | 6

Goals:

Long Beach State: Kotsia 3, Harman 2, Massier, Smith

UC Santa Barbara: Pipkin 2, Kreiser, Schrader, Shore, Thomas

Saves:

Long Beach State: Patras 10

UC Santa Barbara: Gasparini 5

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