March 14, 2010
Redlands, Calif. - The tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge women's water polo team keeps on winning.
The Matadors averted a furious fourth-quarter comeback by Redlands to post a narrow 10-8 victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon in a non-league game.
In posting its eighth straight win, the Matadors are now 19-5 and will now rest up for the start of Big West Conference play on March 27 against Long Beach State. The CSUN-LBS game will be played at Matador Pool at Noon. An alumni game will be played at 3 p.m.
The Matadors led Redlands, 3-2, after one period, and then exploded for five goals in the second period to take a commanding 8-2 halftime lead. Up 9-4 after three periods, Redlands marched back to outscore the Matadors, 4-1, in the final frame.
Individually, sophomore Whitney Delgado's goal against Redlands gives her 50 for the season to put her into the single season Top-10 in school history with 50 goals. That is tied for tenth place with Erica Bonetti (2003) and Chari Christopher (2004).
The school record is 74 goals by Christopher (2005).
Delgado's incredible 2010 season has produced 50 goals in only 23 games played. Last year, Delgado scored 35 goals in 36 games.
In less than two seasons at Cal State Northridge, Delgado has propelled herself into one of the top players in the nation. Delgado has 85 career goals., seventh-best in school history.
Balanced scoring was again the norm for Cal State Northridge against Redlands. Seven different CSUN players scored at least one goal led by Alison Pierce with three.
Nicole Concialdi collected three saves in goal.
Earlier on Sunday, the Matadors steam rolled to another double-digit victory, 11-1, against Colorado State in a non-league game played at Redlands University.
The ten-point victory over Colorado State is the 14th time in 19 wins that the Matadors have beaten an opponent by least five goals. In seven of the last eight games, Cal State Northridge has won by an average of more than eight goals.
Cal State Northridge marched to a 3-0 first period lead, and advanced the margin to 6-1 at halftime.
Delgado again led the Matador attack with three goals
Senior All-American Jillian Stapf had seven saves.
Cal State Northridge (19-5) 3-5-1-1=10
Redlands (3-7) 2-0-2-4-8
CSUN Scorers: Alison Pierce 3, Kirra Kylander 2, Whitney Delgado 1, Chelsea Curran 1, Renee Gargiulo 1, Sydney Sonoda 1, Heidi Pettinger 1
Redlands Scorers: Jaime Nippert 3, Moana Tuipulotu 2, Chandler Weeks 1, Mandy Nussbaum 1
Goalie Saves: Nicole Concialdi (CSUN) 3; Whitney Schieler (R) 5
Cal State Northridge (18-5) 3-3-1-4=11
Colorado State (4-11) 0-1-0-0=1
CSUN Scorers: Whitney Delgado 3, Chelsea Curran 2, Alison Pierce 2, Sydney Sonoda 2, Renee Gargiulo 1, Sabrina Anonas 1
CSU Scorers: Lorene Vidal 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 7; Orsi Nadasdy (CSU) 5