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April 22, 2014 > Pioneers flip script on Otters

Pioneers flip script on Otters

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

It was a memorable regular season finale on April 18 as Cal State East Bay womenÕs water polo went on the road to edge out Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) rival Cal State Monterey Bay 7-6 in overtime. Allison Zell scored the eventual game-winning goal 61 seconds into the first extra period for the victory.

Zell was one of seven different Pioneers to score including Julia Charlesworth, Michelle Thornbury, Sara Hudyn, Breanna Ritter, Taylor Cross, and KaÕiliponi McGee. However it was the team defense down the stretch that proved to be the difference.

Cal State Monterey BayÕs (9-17) Cami Kellogg scored her game-high second goal at the 3:37 mark of the third quarter to give the home side a 6-4 lead. The Otters would be shut out the remainder of the game, a span of more than 17 minutes of game time.

Cal State East Bay closed the gap to one after Hudyn converted a penalty shot in the teamÕs final possession of the third quarter. McGee scored the equalizer out of a timeout called by Head Coach Lisa Cooper with 4:20 remaining in regulation. The Pioneers stopped an Otter 6-on-5 chance late in the quarter as the teams needed overtime to decide a victor for the second straight meeting.

Zell scored with 1:59 left in the first of two 3-minute overtime frames. The Pioneers earned two of their four drawn exclusions in overtime and stopped the Otters on a final overtime possession to avenge their 11-10 overtime loss earlier this season.

East Bay goalkeeper Marrina Nation was credited with 10 saves in the victory. Monterey BayÕs Amanda Jennings made 16 stops after recording 19 in the original meeting this season back on Feb. 15.

Cal State East Bay (15-13, 2-2 WWPA) will compete at the WWPA Championships hosted by UC San Diego. The Pioneers will take on Sonoma State (7-20, 2-2 WWPA) to open the tournament on Friday, April 25.

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