April 16, 2010

Tenth-ranked Cal State Northridge Edges #17 UC Davis in Sudden Victory Game

April 16, 2010

Davis, Calif. - Until Friday night, Cal State Northridge had never defeated UC Davis in the eight-game series that dated back to the start of the Matador women's water polo program nine years ago in 2002.

That streak ended in the ninth game of the series at the Schaal Aquatics Pool when the tenth-ranked Matadors recorded a dramatic 8-7 sudden victory over the 17th-ranked Aggies in a Big West Conference game.

CSUN now is 26-6 overall and 4-0 in the conference. UC Davis falls to 15-15 overall and 1-3 in conference action.

From the start to finish, this game was close. It was tied 2-2 after one period, 4-4 at halftime, and UC Davis held a one-goal advantage, 6-5, after the end of the third frame.

UC Davis added to their lead at the 7:17 mark of the fourth period when Christina Miyabe eluded a Matador defender down low to give the home team a 7-5 lead.

Back came Cal State Northridge when Sydney Sonoda drew an exclusion and immediately converted the 6-on-5 with 4:44 remaining in the game to cut the Aggie lead to 7-6. Then Renee Gargiulo fired home a goal near the right post of the UCD goal with 1:20 left on the clock to again tie the game, 7-7.

UC Davis had several opportunities in the final minute to produce a victory but CSUN senior All-American goalkeeper Jillian Stapf wouldn't allow it. Stapf stopped a pair of shots after UC Davis produced a kickout. The Aggies also unloaded shots in the final seconds, but Stapf stopped the UC Davis onslaught.

Two three-minute overtime frames were on the agenda after the 7-7 stand off in regulation. Neither team could score in the overtimes, thus creating a "sudden victory" situation. That means the first team to score ... wins.

Ninety-six seconds into the "sudden victory" affair, senior Kristin McLaughlin converted a five-meter penalty to give the Matadors a 8-7 victory. McLaughlin's shot headed toward the lower left corner of the goal, and although UCD goalkeeper Casey Hines caught a piece of it, the ball gained enough momentum to push itself into the cage for the game winner.

Whitney Delgado continued her scoring dominance. Delgado scored three goals to give her 71 for the season, only three short of the school record set by Chari Christopher in 2005.

Saturday at 11 a.m., Cal State Northridge travels to 16th-ranked Pacific. The Tigers feature the top scorer in the league, freshman Jasmine Myles, who has chalked up 72 goals. CSUN sophomore Whitney Delgado has 71 goals.

Matador Memo
The game featured two outstanding goalies who time-after-time, stopped key shots from going past them into the net ... CSUN senior All-American Jillian Stapf posted 15 saves including seven in the two over-time periods ... UCD's Casey Hines tallied 18 saves, including three on penalty shots and two more on exclusions ... Whitney Delgado's super sophomore season continues to put dents in the Matador record book ... Delgado's three goals against UC Davis on Friday night give her 71 for the season, and 106 in less than two seasons ... The 106 goals moves into her fifth-place all-time at Cal State Northridge, just ahead of Pam Barba (2002-04) who had 105, and Christine Cruz (2005-07) who produced 104.

Cal State Northridge (26-6 overall, 4-0 BWC) 2-2-1-2-0-0-1=8
UC Davis (15-15 overall, 1-3 BWC) 2-2-2-1-0-0-0=7
CSUN Scorers: Whitney Delgado 3, Sydney Sonoda 2, Heidi Pettinger 1, Renee Gargiulo 1, Kristin McLaughlin 1
UCD Scorers: Ariel Feeney 2, Jessica Dunn 2, Carmen Eggert 1, Dana Nelsen 1, Christina Miyabe 1
Goalie Saves: Jillian Stapf (CSUN) 15; Casey Hines (UCD) 18

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