The No. 12 Princeton women's water polo team opened its
eight-game Southern California road trip with a Saturday sweep at the San Diego
State-hosted Aztec Invite. A Diana Murphy goal ignited a three-goal second half
rally to propel Princeton past No. 16 UC Davis, 6-5, in its opening game. The
Tiger defense shone versus No. 13 Cal State Northridge in the latter match, as
they defeated the Matadors 8-5.
Princeton (14-2, 2-0 Southern) concludes its weekend in San
Diego with No. 8 Hawaii at 1:30 p.m. ET and No. 7 San Diego State at 6 p.m. ET
UC Davis held the Tigers off from taking control throughout
the first half, holding a 3-2 advantage by halftime.
At 3:34 in the third, Murphy tied things up for the third
time, 3-3. Saranna Soroka and Jessie Holechek each netted a goal apiece to
provide Princeton with the lead for good, 5-3.
Goalie Ashleigh Johnson made three of her eight saves in the
second half to hold off the Aggies late offensive attempts.
No. 12 Princeton: 1
- 1 - 3 - 1 - 6
No. 16 UC Davis: 2
- 1 - 0 - 2 - 5
Goals: Soroka 2,
Hatcher 1, Rigler 1, Holechek 1, Murphy 1
Assists: Hooks 2,
Gyorffy 1, Johnson 1
Steals: Hatcher 1,
Dunstan 1, Zwirner 1, Holechek 1, Johnson 1
Saves: Johnson 8
The Tigers' maintained their momentum versus their third
top-15 opponent of the season to drop Cal State Northridge, 8-5.
Both sides found the back of the net twice in the first
quarter, but an impenetrable defensive line in the second was what Princeton
needed. The Matadors only got off one shot on goal, but Johnson was there to
swat it away.
As a Johnson-led backline extinguished CSUN's drives, the
Tiger offense created a multi-goal lead, 4-2, entering the break.
Johnson finished with 10 saves in the game, to bring her
total to 18 on the day.
Princeton outscored Cal State Northridge 4-3 in the second
Camille Hooks and Katie Rigler each had two goals apiece to
headline the offensive attack.
No. 12 Princeton: 2
- 2 - 3 - 1 - 8
No. 13 Cal State
Northridge: 2 - 0 - 1 - 2 - 5
Hatcher 1, Hooks 2, Rigler 2, Zwirner 1, Gross 1
1, Hooks 2, Rigler 1, Johnson 1
Steals: Soroka 1,
Hooks 1, Rigler 2, Zwirner 1, Johnson 2
Saves: Johnson 10