California drops No. 8 San Diego St.
Golden Bears hold off Aztecs’ fourth-quarter surge
SAN DIEGO -- Led by three goals from Breda Vosters, the No. 5 California outscored No. 8 San Diego State, 7-2 in the second and third periods on the way to an 8-6 victory on Saturday. The Aztecs outscored the Golden Bears, 2-1 in the first period and 2-0 in the fourth, but Cal was dominate during the middle of the match.
The Bears, who had dropped three of their last four games, improved to 16-5 overall and 3-1 in the MPSF. With the loss, SDSU went to 16-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
After Cal got on the scoreboard at the 7:34 mark of the first period, the Aztecs netted back-to-back goals a little more than a minute apart from Alex Ford and Amber Pezzolla to give the home team a 2-1 lead.
Cal retook the lead by blanking San Diego State in the second period with three unanswered goals by Dana Ochsner, Remington Price and Vosters. The teams combined for six goals in the third period with the Bears jumping ahead by as many as four goals twice, including on a penalty shot with just nine seconds remaining at 8-4.
San Diego State tried to rally in the fourth period, scoring with 7:21 left in the game on a penalty shot by Leanne Ford and scored another on a Meaghan Poland goal off of an assist from Alex Ford. The Aztecs, however, were unable to find the back of the net for the final six and a half minutes.