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UCLA Women’s Water Polo Top UC Davis, Face Fresno State Today

Maddie Musselman scored five goals against the Aggies yesterday.

Maddie Musselman
Maddie Musselman scored a career-high five goals yesterday against UC Davis.

The Cal Cup concludes today and UCLA plays twice. In fact, the Bruins already played their exhibition game earlier this morning.

Last Time Out

Yesterday, the Bruins defeated UC Davis, 13-8 behind five goals from Maddie Musselman. Val Ayala and Emily Skelly each added two goals while Rachel Whitelegge, Sarah Sheldon, Ava Johnson, and Brooke Maxson all had one goal.

This game was pretty much over by halftime.

UCLA trailed 2-0 early in the game before Ayala scored on a penalty shot with 2:34 to go in the first quarter. The Bruins added a pair of goals in the final minute of the first. Skelly scored her first goal of the game with 37 seconds and she was followed by Whitelegge who got her goal with just four seconds left.

The Aggies tied it up 23 seconds into the second quarter. And, then, Musselman began her assault with her first goal 21 seconds later. Maxson made it 5-3 with just under four and a half minutes left in the half. UC Davis stormed back to tie it up, but the Bruins responded with consecutive goals from Musselman, Ayala and Johnson to take an 8-5 lead into the break.

After the Aggies scored first in the second half, Musselman scored what would be the game-winner and followed that with two more goals to give UCLA an 11-6 lead. UC Davis scored one more time in the third while Skelly scored her second and the final goal of the quarter with just under a minute to go.

The fourth quarter only saw one goal from each team. The Aggies were first and the Bruins got the game’s final goal from Sarah Sheldon with 3:19 left.

Fresno State Bulldogs

At last weekend’s UCSB Winter invitational, the Bulldogs upset Indiana and lost to Southern Cal, Michigan and host UCSB. Then, yesterday, they lost to #4 UC Berkeley, 14-10, but defeated #6 Long Beach State, 11-9.


This game should be another easy one for UCLA. I’m thinking the final score will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-7.

Go Bruins!!