No. 6 UCI Downs Aggies In Big West Play

Sophomore Jillian Wilding was a bright spot in Saturday's 8-2 loss to No. 6 UC Irvine, finishing with 13 saves.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

April 5, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. - Junior goalkeeper Jillian Wilding tallied 13 saves while Elsie Fullerton and Keelia Houston each netted goals for No. 16 UC Davis but No. 6 UC Irvine broke loose from a 2-2 tie early in the second half to claim an 8-2 victory in Big West Conference women's water polo action at the Aquatic Complex Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies lose their fourth straight contest, falling to 11-14 for the year and 0-3 in Big West play. The Anteaters improve to 18-6 overall and remain unbeaten in conference at 2-0.

Senior Jessy Cardey and sophomore Emily Carlson tallied goals in the first and second quarters, respectively, to lift UCI to a 2-0 lead at halftime. Houston and Fullerton scored early in the third to equalize at 2-2 but 'Eater sophomore utility Kelsey Thornton netted a pair of goals in a 3-0 finish to the frame.

UC Irvine scored three more goals in the fourth to extend its game-ending run to six unanswered.

UC Davis concludes its weekend road trip with further Big West Conference action at No. 12 Long Beach State. First sprint is slated for noon.

#16 UC Davis (11-14, 0-3) 0 0 2 0 - 2
#6 UC Irvine (18-6, 2-0) 1 1 3 3 - 8

GOALS - UC Davis: Keelia Houston 1, Elsie Fullerton 1. UCI: Kelsey Thornton 3, Emily Carlson 1, Jessy Cardey 1, Danielle Warde 1, McKenna Mitchell 1, Hannah Croghan 1.

GOALIE SAVES - UC Davis: Jillian Wilding 13 (32:00). UCI: Jillian Yocum 10 (32:00).