No. 14 Water Polo Falters Late in 5-4 Loss to No. 17 UCSB
Feb. 24, 2018
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - No. 14 San Diego State could not hold a fourth-quarter lead and finished on the short end of a 5-4 score in its Barbara Kalbus Invitational game vs. 17th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. The Aztecs fell to 5-6 on the year and the Gauchos improved to 10-6.
Shelby Kraft gave SDSU a 4-2 lead with 7:15 left in the game, but San Diego State’s defense could not stop the late surge by UCSB. Kate Coski started the rally with a goal more than two minutes after Kraft’s strike and Natalie Selin leveled the score with 3:56 to go.
Selin put the Gauchos on top with a goal, giving the Aztecs 94 seconds to find the equalizer. Down the stretch, SDSU drew a penalty shot, but Hannah Carrillo’s attempt with 1:03 left was unsuccessful. Despite the disappointment, the Aztecs still had a chance to tie the score, but came up empty as UC Santa Barbara avenged an early season loss to SDSU.
No. 17 UC Santa Barbara 5, No. 14 San Diego State 4
UCSB saves: Becca Buck 6