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Pacific Women's Water Polo (FINAL): Defense Key in No. 16 Pacific's 6-5 Win Over Long Beach State

Apr 12, 2010

After a tough battle in the pool, Pacific's women's water polo team came away with the 6-5 victory over Long Beach State. With the win the Tigers improved to 20-9 (2-1 Big West) while the 49ers fell to 7-18 (0-3 Big West) on the year.

Junior Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) kicked off the contest scoring a goal at the 6:51 mark to give Pacific the early 1-0 lead, but Miaranda Furuto of Long Beach State countered 35 seconds later to tie the game at one all. The 49ers then notched back-to-back goals at the 4:57 and 4:23 points to gain a two point lead. With 2:25 remaining in the quarter junior Catherine Collett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) found the back of the net, putting Pacific within one of the 49ers.

Pacific trailed 3-2 at the start of the second quarter however sophomore Katherine Biehle(Visalia, Calif.) tied the game at three goals apiece when she tallied a goal at the 6:12 spot. With :20 remaining on the clock junior Dara Tawarahara (Honolulu, Hawai'i) notched a goal to give Pacific its second lead of the contest and put the Tigers up 4-3 at the end of the half.

After holding the 49ers scoreless in the second quarter Pacific's defense gave up a goal to Katie Rogers of Long Beach State at the 4:13 spot in the third quarter, which tied the game at four all. But the Tigers regained the one point lead when freshman Jasmine Myles(Auckland, New Zealand) tallied a goal at the 1:32 mark.

In the final frame Long Beach State's Krizia Cerda tied the game at 5-5 when she found the back of the net with 7:09 left in regulation. The Tigers battled the 49ers for nearly two minutes when Geck notched her second goal of the contest to put Pacific up 6-5.

The Tigers were led by junior Bridget Geck (Huntington Beach, Calif.) who tallied two goals in the contest while freshman Brooke Millar (Auckland, New Zealand) finished the day with 12 saves in the cage for Pacific.

"This game came down to the defense. We hung in there and played sold defense," said Head Coach Megan Thomson on the Tiger defense. "We created a lot of opportunities and drew a lot of ejections with Mandy King leading the way with five drawn ejections and an earned five-meter. We were unable to convert the ejections today but our defense got us the win. It's great to come away with a conference win and our twentieth win of the season."

The Tigers will wrap-up Big West regular season action in Pacific's final home stand April 17-18 at Chris Kjeldsen Pool against Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara.

Scoring Summary







No. 16 Pacific






Long Beach State






Goal Scorers
Pacific: Geck 2, Myles, Biehle, Tawarahara, Collett.

Pacific: Geck, Larsen.

Pacific: M. King 2, Collett 2, Millar 2, Quertermous, Tawarahara.

Drawn Ejections
Pacific: M. King 5.

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific: Millar 12