Vosters' Scoring Helps Bears Coast to Undefeated Weekend at Spartan Invite
Monday, January 31, 2011
Category: Sports > Spring > Water Polo (Women's)
Coming out of this weekend's Spartan Invitational at San Jose State, the Cal women's water polo team held onto its perfect season record.
Very much alive after the onslaught of four matches in two days, the No. 3 Bears (7-0) were led by sophomore Breda Vosters' 14 goals en route to a weekend of victory. While there was no tournament champion determined, the relevance of early wins was not lost upon the squad.
"These are more like confidence builders, but they're still games for us to really work on the things we're going to apply in the harder games," Vosters said. "Being able to master them in these ones will help us that much more, against Stanford, or a team like that."
The first wave came at 10 a.m., on Saturday, when Cal took on Cal State Monterey Bay for an invitational-christening 18-1 victory. Vosters paced the team with five scores, while sophomore Remington Price kept in her wake with three goals.
In an equally impressive display of defense, sophomore goalie Lindsay Dorst had five saves in two quarters of work, with freshman Kristen Stern adding three more. The pair has been sharing playtime at the goalie position in the absence of junior Stephanie Peckham, with effective results. They kept the Otters scoreless for the first three periods.
The second match was against No. 19 Pacific. One of the season's closer matches, the Bears beat the Tigers, 12-6, after jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first period and keeping ahead at halftime with a 9-2 margin. It was the only match of the weekend in which Cal had fewer saves than its opponent.
Wave number three made for an early Sunday win over Santa Clara. Cal defeated the Broncos, 11-2, having built up their usual lead with a 6-1 margin at halftime. The squad has yet to play a game this season where they haven't led going into halftime.
Sophomore Dana Ochsner paced the team with three goals and Vosters went for two. Dorst recorded seven saves in the game and Stern added another one.
In their final match of the weekend, the Bears beat No. 16 UC Davis, 13-5, in a game that had two parts nail-biting and two parts utter domination. Leading into halftime with the season's smallest margin of 5-3, Cal came back with a fury of plays and a flurry of goals, going 3-1 in the third period and 5-1 in the fourth.
Vosters finished her weekend scoring the same number of goals as the opposing team's five in total, while Ochsner swam in her wake for two scores. Dorst tallied a season-high 11 saves and cemented the victory.
"Our team is really starting to step it up and prove ourselves as a contender," Vosters said. "We're definitely prepared, and as long as we keep it together like we did (this weekend), then we'll do really well."
The tournament host, San Jose State, was the only other team out of the Spartan Invitational's six teams to go 4-0 on the weekend.
Samuel Farahmand covers women's water polo. Contact him at [email protected]
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