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No. 18 Water Polo Falls to No. 3 UCLA, 7-1

The Aztecs fell to UCLA, 7-1, at the UCI Invitational.
The Aztecs fell to UCLA, 7-1, at the UCI Invitational.

Feb. 22, 2014

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. - No. 18 San Diego State suffered a 7-1 loss to third-ranked UCLA in the opening game of the UCI Invitational at Corona del Mar High School. The defeat drops the Aztecs to 5-4 on the year, while the Bruins improve to 13-1.

UCLA scored three unanswered goals in the first quarter and never looked back. SDSU fared better in the second quarter when it limited the Bruins to just one goal, but the Scarlet and Black still struggled to find the back of the net as it trailed, 4-0, at halftime.

In the third quarter, San Diego State finally dented the scoreboard when freshman Ioli Benekou scored her 11th of the season. UCLA, however, put up a pair of goals to take a 6-1 lead into the final eight minutes before posting the 7-1 victory.

Six different Bruins scored and were led by Alexa Tielmann's two goals. UCLA's Sami Hill recorded a game-high eight saves, while Aztec sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Mitchell stopped five shots.

SDSU returns to the pool Saturday night to face sixth-ranked Hawai`i, which was upset in sudden-death overtime by No. 13 UC San Diego, 10-9. First sprint for SDSU-UH is set for 6 p.m. PT.

No. 3 UCLA 7, No. 18 San Diego State 1
Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar, Calif.

SDSU 0-0-1-0--1
UCLA 3-1-2-1--7

SDSU goals: Benekou
UCLA goals: Tielmann 2, Williams, Forster, Barr, Dorst, Donohoe

SDSU saves: Mitchell 5
UCLA saves: Hill 8