March 9, 2013

#7 San Diego State Halts CSUN’s Five-Game Winning Streak

Northridge, Calif. – The 15th-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team battled one of the Top-10 teams in the nation, seventh-ranked San Diego State, and the Aztecs were able to prevail, 9-8, in a Big West Conference game on Saturday afternoon at Matador Pool.

The loss snapped CSUN's five-game winning streak. Cal State Northridge is now 13-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big West Conference. San Diego State is 11-6 overall and 1-1 in league competition.

The Matadors jumped to a 3-1 lead with 3:32 in the first period thanks to two goals by Lindsy Nelson and one goal by Kelcie Ferreira.

But SDSU scored three of the game's next four goals to tie the contest at 4-4 after one period.

With 4:49 lead in the second period, Amber Pezzolla scored her league-leading 41st goal of the season to give the Aztecs 5-4 lead. Twenty-five seconds later, CSUN's Nelson tied the game at 5-5.

Then with less than two minutes remaining before halftime, Kelli Boling and Emily Whalen scored for San Diego State to give the Aztecs a 7-5 lead at the intermission.

Cal State Northridge got to within one goal at 7-6 with 5:07 left in the third period another goal by Nelson, and 8-7 with 5:58 in the fourth period. But Bailey Wickliffe scored her third goal of the game with 5:37 remaining to give the Aztecs an insurance goal at 9-7.

Jenny Jamison tallied a late goal for CSUN with 4:06 on the clock, but San Diego State swam away with the 9-8 victory.

Kiernan Davis collected eleven saves in goal for Cal State Northridge. Rachel Mitchell had nine saves for San Diego State.

Cal State Northridge (13-6 overall, 1-1 BWC)      4-1-1-2 = 8
San Diego State (11-6 overall, 1-1 BWC)            4-3-0-2 = 9
CSUN Scorers: Lindsy Nelson 4, Melissa Doll 1, Kelcie Ferreira 1, Jenny Jamison 1, Marisa Young 1
SDSU Scorers: Bailey Wickliffe 3, Kelli Boling 1, Carina Carballo 1, Anique Hermann 1, Tori Long 1, Amber Pezzolla 1, Emily Whalen 1
Goalie Saves: Kiernan Davis (CSUN) 11; Rachel Mitchell (SDSU) 9

1st Period
5:50 (1-0) – Kelcie Ferrira (CSUN)
4:52 (2-0) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
4:24 (2-1) – Tori Long (SDSU)
3:22 (3-1) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
1:43 (3-2) – Bailey Wickliffe (SDSU)
1:27 (4-2) – Melissa Doll (CSUN)
:49 (4-3) – Bailey Wickliffe (SCSDU)
:05 (4-4) – Carina Carballo (SDSU)

2nd Period

4:49 (4-5) – Amber Pezzolla (SDSU)
4:24 (5-5) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)
1:47 (5-6) – Kelli Boling (SDSU)
:13 (5-7) – Emily Whalen (SDSU)

3rd Period

5:07 (6-7) – Lindsy Nelson (CSUN)

4th Period

7:03 (6-8) – Anique Herman (SDSU)
5:58 (7-8) – Marisa Young (CSUN)
5:37 (7-9) – Bailey Wickliffe (SDSU)
4:06 (8-9) – Jenny Jamison (CSUN)