STOCKTON, Calif. - The women's water polo team (2-2) is set for their second match of the season against the No. 4 ranked California Golden Bears (5-1) this weekend.
No. 10 Pacific treks down to Berkeley, Calif. this Saturday, Feb. 9th, looking to bounce back from their 10-8 loss to Cal at the Stanford Invite a week ago. This will be the 39th meeting for the two teams.
-No. 10 Pacific vs. No. 4 Cal |Saturday, Feb. 9th | 12:00 PM
-Location: Spieker Aquatics Complex
-Weather: High of 53, low of 42. Rainy.
-Links: Live stats
LAST TIME OUT:
- The Tigers took a hard fought victory over No. 11 UC Davis (10-8) but would drop two close matches to Cal and No. 8 Michigan this past weekend. Both losses for were by a margin of two points.
- Viktoria Szmodics carried UOP registering two or more goals in each of Pacific's three matches on the weekend. The senior attacker finished with seven goals, five assists, and a shot percentage of .411.
- Freshman goalie Clara Vulpisi made an impact on the backline accounting for 25 total saves, including a career-high 12 saves in the Tigers' match against Davis.
- Freshman Ana Martinez do Amaral also scored her first collegiate goal Pacific's match against Cal off a 5-meter penalty shot.
GCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
- Reigning Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week Viktoria Szmodics hopes to keep up her strong play heading into Saturday. Szmodics has led the Tigers' charge this season with 11 goals, eight assists, and two hat tricks.
- The Nagykanizsa, Hungary native has shot .400 or better in four of the Tigers five contests this year.
- Szmodics tallied a hat trick against the Golden Bears on Saturday, all of her goals coming off power play drives.
- The Tigers' underclassmen continue to emerge in their roles for Orange and Black. Four freshmen chipped in at least one goal last weekend at the Cardinal Invite.
- Lucy Davis had a big game against Michigan registering one goal and two assists for the Tigers. The Port Moody, B.C. native has three goals and three assists on the year.
- Brianna Utas has kept a steady presence as a 2-meter player shooting .625 percent from the field. Utas leads the team in shot percentage per at least eight shot attempts.
- Sophomore Savannah Fitzgerald has also been off to a strong start this year accounting for six goals, a .545 shooting percentage, and 10 drawn exclusions. Fitzgerald drew a career-high five exclusions in the Tigers' match against Cal.
WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS:
- UOP continues to be without junior standout and last year's CWPA All-American Kyra Christmas.
- Christmas last competed at the UANA World Cup two weekends ago for Team Canada. There she led Canada to a gold medal over Costa Rica and was named Tournament MVP.
- The GCC Player of the year led the Orange and Black last season with a conference-best 61 goals and 41 assists.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
- The Golden Bears are led by All-American attacker Emma Wright. Wright led Cal in scoring last season wtih 47 goals. Making her season debut for the the Bears last weekend, the junior dropped 11 goals in three matches for Berkeley.
- Goalie Madison Tagg will serve as the Bears last line of defense, currently ranked eighth in school history in career saves with 316.
- The Bears went 2-1 last weekend at Stanford, taking two wins over Indiana and UOP before falling to the No. 1 Cardinal 17-10.