UCLA Women's Water Polo Cruises to Easy Win over SJSU, 18-6; Looks for Sweep Today
The Bruins crushed the Spartans yesterday and, now, they will look for the weekend sweep of San José State.
The Bruins picked up their sixth win of the season yesterday when they blew out San José State, 18-6. This afternoon, UCLA will look for a weekend sweep of the Spartans when the teams meet again at 1 pm PT. Today’s game won’t be televised, but it will be live streamed.
Last Time Out
The Bruins blitzed the Spartans by scoring six goals in the first quarter. Ava Johnson got UCLA on the scoreboard with 5:45 left in the quarter. Val Ayala picked up a power play goal less than a minute later and Malia Allen made it 3-0 with 3:31 to go. Bella Baia increased the lead to four just 21 seconds later. With 1:21 to go, Anneliese Miller scored UCLA’s fifth consecutive goal and Johnson added her second goal of the game 34 seconds later.
San José State broke the Bruins’ streak and ended the shutout 28 seconds into the second quarter. The Spartans scored their second goal of the game with 6:13 left in the half and it would be final goal of the half for San José State. The remaining goals of the half were all scored by the Bruins. Lexi Liebowitz found the net with 5:34 to go, giving UCLA a 7-2 lead. With 3:30 left in the half, Brooke Maxson made it 8-2 and Hannah Palmer picked up her first goal of the game just 34 seconds later. The final goal of the first half was scored by Myna Simmons with 32 seconds to go and UCLA led 10-2 at the half.
The Spartans scored the first goal of the second half to cut the Bruins’ lead to 10-3, but Abbi Hill added a power play goal for UCLA with 4:16 to go. Palmer picked up her second goal of the game on a penalty shot with 2:26 left. San José State scored their fourth goal of the game next with just under two minutes to go in the third quarter. UCLA added a flurry of goals in the final 1:22 from Katrina Drake, Allen and Simmons and the Bruins had a double-digit lead heading into the final quarter, 15-4.
The Bruins added three more insurance goals in the fourth quarter with Drake’s and Miller’s second goals of the game and Palmer’s third goal which completed a hat trick for her. Meanwhile, the Spartans were only able to score two goals in the fourth and UCLA won the game, 18-6.
The teams meet again today at 1 pm PT and there’s no reason to suspect the result of today’s game will be any different. I’m expecting another double-digit win by the Bruins.
#3 UCLA Women’s Water Polo (6-1)
Opponent: #17 San José State Spartans (1-8)
When: 1:00 pm PT, Sunday, April 4, 2021
Where: Spartan Recreation and Aquatics Center, San Jose, CA
TV/Live Stream: None
Live Stats: TheFosh.net