Vosters Scores 11 as Cal Splits Four Games at Stanford Invite

Photo: Emily Csikos opened Cal's weekend with a hat trick against San Jose State. The junior captain, who totaled eight goals through four games, led the Bears in scoring last spring.
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Emily Csikos opened Cal's weekend with a hat trick against San Jose State. The junior captain, who totaled eight goals through four games, led the Bears in scoring last spring.

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A hat trick is usually pretty impressive; someone bothered to come up with a nickname for three goals, after all.

So how much more so are two hat tricks - with another five-goal game tossed in for good measure?

Sophomore driver Breda Vosters poured in 14 goals for Cal in the Stanford Invitational this weekend, buoying her team to a fourth-place finish at the Cardinal's Avery Aquatic Center. Her last hat trick came in a 10-8 loss to No. 4 UCLA on Sunday.

The Canadian didn't even set any career highs through the third-ranked Bears' four games; she scored five goals against Cal State Monterey Bay in an 18-1 win on Jan. 29.

"She's gone a little bit under the radar, which i think has helped her out a lot," assistant coach Matt Flesher said. "She's become a very, very good spot shooter where she sees an opening, she knows how to get her body in position to where she receives the ball, she's gonna put it in the net."

Her performance has eased the absence of junior captain Emily Csikos, who scored her first goals of the season this past weekend after recovering from hip surgery. Csikos, who led the team in scoring last year with 69 goals, sat out the Bears' final game of the tournament.

Also absent in Cal's loss to the Bruins was goalkeeper Stephanie Peckham, who split time with sophomore Lindsay Dorst through the tournament. Dorst made five saves against UCLA.

The Bruins scored three times in each of the first three quarters, but the Bears showed some resilience against a veteran group that starts six seniors and a junior.

"We never gave up," Flesher said. "We were down for the majority of the game. We were tied and then actually went down by a couple of goals, but battled back. It was good. Very good marker of where we stand right now."

Earlier that day, Cal surged past Arizona State in a 12-8 victory. Vosters matched her season high with five goals in the game, while Peckham balanced the effort with nine saves in the cage.

The Sun Devils, however, aren't known as a water polo powerhouse. On Saturday, the Bears were up against the top team in the nation in host Stanford. After opening the tournament with a 14-10 win over San Jose State, Cal suffered its first game of the season.

The Cardinal jumped ahead quickly in the 10-5 win, scoring four points in each of the first two quarters to build an 8-4 lead. No player scored more than one goal for Cal, while Stanford's Kaitlyn Lo and Annika Dries notched four and three, respectively.

Stanford went on to win the tournament in a 10-9, triple-overtime thriller over USC.

"Their speed was a good awakening for us," Flesher said. "Playing a very physical game for 32 minutes and playing against a team that played 14 different girls in the field, so that was definitely a building point."

Tags: CAL WOMEN'S WATER POLO, RICHARD CORSO, EMILY CSIKOS


Jack Wang is the sports editor. Contact him at [email protected]



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