UCI Loses to Top-Seeded Cal, Edges Pacific
The fifth-ranked Anteaters hosted the No. 1 team in the nation in UC Berkeley on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Anteater Pool. The Bears showed everyone why they are the top team in the nation, as they blew out the Anteaters,18-9.
“I thought we executed horribly and had a weak performance overall,” Head Coach Marc Hunt said. “We had beaten this team before and I thought we were ready to do it again, but unfortunately, we have these days where things are not clicking for you.”
Cal quickly applied pressure on the Anteaters, scoring a penalty shot within the first minute of the match. In the first quarter alone, Cal made four goals but UC Irvine kept close, scoring twice.
From there, the Bears pulled away, turning up the intensity on offense and defense. Cal held the Anteaters to two goals in the second and third quarter.
After displaying their tenacious defense, the Bears overwhelmed the ’Eaters with their offense. Cal forced six goals against the Anteaters in the second quarter and five in the third. Trailing 15-4, the Anteaters showed some signs of life, scoring five goals in the final quarter. Unfortunately, the Bears crushed any hope of an Anteater comeback, as they scored three goals to the end the game.
“[This game] was a lack of effort,” Coach Hunt said. “If we’re really going to vie for a national championship, this team has things to work on.”
Seniors Tom Kruip and Griffin Lerman led the team with two goals each. Seniors Brandon Johnson, Kyle Kruip, Kyle Baxter, Doug Lindsey and junior Max Parrague each netted a goal as well.
Senior goalkeeper Matt Johnson had an off afternoon, as he allowed 18 goals while saving five balls. Much of the blame can be placed on the Anteaters’ defensive unit, as they had a sub-par performance and did not play up to their capabilities.
“It was a pretty disappointing loss for us. I think we underachieved defensively,” Lerman said. “We had plenty of opportunities on offense to convert but on defense, we just didn’t get it done.”
UC Irvine 12 Pacific 9
After a disappointing loss to the No. 1 team in the nation, the Anteaters returned to the pool to take on the Pacific Tigers.
The Anteaters took their frustration out on the Tigers, beating them 12-9.
Lerman led the team with five goals while Lindsey added another three to help the Anteaters’ cause.
Both teams went toe-to-toe in the first quarter, scoring three goals apiece. But once the second quarter started, the Anteaters pulled away, finding the net on five separate occasions. The ’Eaters tamed the Tigers, holding them to one goal in the second quarter.
The Anteaters will take on the University of San Diego on Nov. 5 and face Stanford on Nov. 7.