Freshmen Lead Pacific Past No. 18 CSU Northridge In OT
Freshman Taylor Adair scored the Tigers' two overtime goals as the Pacific women's water polo team defeated visiting No. 18 Cal State Northridge, 10-9, Saturday, April 14, in a Big West Conference match at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton had a monster day in the cage, setting a new career high with 19 saves. She also broke the school record for single-game saves, a record she herself set last season against Santa Clara when she notched 18 blocks.
Pacific (10-15, 1-3 Big West) struck first as sophomore Malena Prlain scored an advantage goal at the 5:57 mark. Cal State Northridge (15-18, 1-3 BWC) tied the match on its ensuing possession before taking a 2-1 lead with 3:56 left in the first quarter. Martin scored for the Tigers to tie the game before Pye registered her first goal at the 1:10 mark to give Pacific back the lead heading into the second period.
After two scoreless minutes, the Matadors evened the score at 3-3 on a power-play goal then went ahead, 4-3, a minute later. Martin brought Pacific back to tie it at 4-4, but the visitors would end the period with two goals, the last of which came with just 21 seconds on the clock.
The third quarter saw little in the way of offense as senior Kim Kay found the back of the cage at the 4:36 mark for the period's only goal, giving CSUN a 6-5 advantage with one quarter left to play.
Kay's goal would be the first of three straight scores for the Tigers as Adair scored less than one minute into the fourth before Pye gave Pacific a 7-6 advantage at the 6:16 mark. The Matadors managed to tie it at 7-7 with 5:05 left to play, but Pye answered for the Tigers, spotting Pacific an 8-7 advantage at the 2:28 mark. The visitors would not be denied, however, as Cal State Northridge scored on its next possession, knotting the match at 8-8. Neither team would score the rest of the way, sending the game into overtime.
Showing confidence beyond her years, Adair stepped up big for the Tigers, giving them a 9-8 lead midway through the first overtime period. After CSUN came up empty on its next possession, Adair finished for a second time, this one with 45 seconds on the clock, to give Pacific its largest lead of the game, 10-8.
The Matadors had one final comeback in them, scoring less than 30 seconds into the second overtime period. The Tigers' defense held strong the rest of the way, led by Relton who made numerous key saves down the stretch.
Cal State Northridge was led by a pair of hat tricks from Marisa Young and Jenny Jamison. Goalkeeper Dana Harvey blocked nine shots.
Pacific returns to action tomorrow versus No. 15 UC Santa Barbara in a Big West counter. The opening sprint is set for noon.
Pacific 10, No. 18 Cal State Northridge 9
CSU Northridge 2 - 4 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 1 -- 9
Pacific 3 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 0 -- 10
Pacific - Adair 3, Pye 3, Martin 2, Kay, Prlain
CSU Northridge - Jamison 3, Young 3, Doll, Ferreria, Nelson
Pacific - Relton 19
CSU Northridge - Harvey 9