Cal Wins MPSF Opener in Sudden-Victory OT

Kitty Lynn Joustra, California (Photo by Catharyn Hayne)
Kitty Lynn Joustra, California (Photo by Catharyn Hayne)
March 5, 2018

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MADISON TAGG OF CALIFORNIA MPSF/KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

California junior goalkeeper Madison Tagg (Orinda, CA/Campolindo HS) recorded a career-high 16 saves – the second-highest total in the MPSF this season – as the No. 4 Bears knocked off unbeaten No. 1 Stanford 8-7 in sudden victory overtime on the road (Mar. 4). Tagg had a save percentage of .696, while helping keep Stanford scoreless in the final 12:36 of regulation. Many of her saves came against highpercentage shots, and she had six in the first quarter alone to keep it close as the Cardinal had a 2-0 lead. Stanford was held to almost half of its scoring average. This is the second career MPSF weekly honor for Tagg, earning a newcomer award last year…

KITTY LYNN JOUSTRA OF CALIFORNIA MPSF/KAP7 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK

California freshman Kitty Lynn Joustra (Pumerland, The Netherlands) scored a game-high four goals in the No. 4 Bears’ 8-7 sudden-victory overtime win at unbeaten No. 1 Stanford (Mar. 4). Her final goal was the game-winner with 51 seconds left in the first sudden-victory period. She also scored the game-tying goal with 30 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, following another goal in the first overtime period which answered a goal by Stanford. This is the second MPSF Newcomer award for Lynn Joustra (Feb. 6).

NO. 4 CALIFORNIA WINS MPSF OPENER IN SUDDEN-VICTORY OVERTIME

NO. 4 CALIFORNIA (1-0 MPSF, 13-3 Overall) freshman Kitty Lynn Joustra put away the last of her four goals with 51 seconds left in the first sudden-victory overtime period as the Bears stunned unbeaten and top ranked Stanford, 8-7, in Sunday’s (Mar. 4) first MPSF contest of 2018. Joustra also tied the game at 5-5 with 30 seconds left in regulation to ultimately force overtime. Anna Illes added two goals, the second of which tied things up at 7-7 with 1:08 to play in the second OT session to send the game into sudden-victory. Goalkeeper Madison Tagg collected a career-high 16 saves (second-most in the MPSF this year) with a .696 save percentage, which included holding Stanford scoreless for the final 12:36 of regulation. The win snapped Stanford’s 14-game win streak dating back to last year and gave Coach Coralie Simmons her first over a top-four team in 1.5 years on the job. Cal’s MPSF schedule continues Saturday (Mar. 10) at home as UCLA visits.

NO. 1 STANFORD (0-1 MPSF, 11-1 Overall) Madison Berggren scored a hat trick and Kat Klass added two goals in the MPSF opener vs. California. Stanford is idle until a March 26 visit to UC Irvine. The road swing concludes two days later at UC Santa Barbara.

NO. 18 SAN JOSE STATE (0-0 MPSF, 5-11 Overall) split four tightly contested games at the Harvard Invitational (Mar. 3-4). The Spartans defeated No. 15 Wagner 7-6 and Brown 10-8, and were edged by No. 21 Harvard 7-6, and No. 22 Princeton, 8-6 in overtime. Guara Garcia Delgado scored both Spartan goals in the second half to get past Wagner. Kathryn Elgin had a pair of goals in the first half and Katelynn Thompson stopped eight shots in goal. Jacqui Maisey and Klaudia Paradi had two goals each vs. Brown, while Tayler Peters collected 10 saves. San Jose State is next in action when it plays four games at the LMU Invitational, Mar. 16-17, followed by its MPSF opener at UCLA (Mar. 18).

NO. 2 USC (0-0 MPSF, 10-1 Overall) hosts UC Irvine (Mar. 7) and Hawaii (Mar. 8), coming off a bye week. The Trojans reached the title game of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, Feb. 23-25, with wins over No. 18 San Jose State 17-1, No. 6 Arizona State 8-6, and No. 2 California 6-5 in the semifinal. Amanda Longan recorded a 2018 MPSF-High 18 saves, while allowing just five vs. Cal (.783). Annika Jensen socred a hat trick in that win, including the game-winner with 18 seconds left in regulation, as well as three goals in the win over ASU. Paige Hauschild and Denise Mammolito recorded game-highs of three goals each vs. SJSU. Hauschild went on for a seven-goal tournament.

NO. 3 UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 16-2 Overall) opens its MPSF schedule at California Saturday (Mar. 10), and will also visit Pacific Sunday (Mar. 11) on the trip. Last in action, Maddie Musselman scored four of the Bruins’ seven goals while Carlee Kapana collected 13 saves in the third-place Barbara Kalbus Invite win over the No. 2 Bears, 7-5. No. 4 UCLA also defeated No. 17 UCSB 13-3 and No. 5 Hawaii 9-8 at UCI. Musselman had a three-assist, three-steal game against UH.

NO. 6 ARIZONA STATE (0-0 MPSF, 11-4 Overall) was off last week, and takes on Indiana, Fresno State, and Pomona-Pitzer at home this weekend (Mar. 10-11). The Sun Devils split four games at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 23-25), defeating No. 15 UC San Diego 9-3 and the host No. 7 UC Irvine, 9-6, and finished sixth. MPSF Saves leader Mia Rycraw collected double-digit saves in three of her four games, totaling 39 for the weekend. She had 13 vs. UCSD, allowing just three goals (.813). Rycraw added a 10-save game in the win over UCI, and 12 saves vs. USC. Bente Rogge had a hat trick in the win over UCSD.