SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Annie Eldredge scored a career-high four goals, Hailey Eberle posted career-best five assists and the defense held Sonoma State at bay in the second half of a 10-6 win for Santa Clara women's water polo on Saturday.
After trailing by three in the first half, the Seawolves (5-9) rallied midway through the third quarter, scoring two quick goals to tie the game at 6-all.
Eldredge added a pair of insurance goals in the final period and Seawolves missed their last seven shots, going scoreless over the final 12:30 of the game.
Annika Erickson had three goals and Taylor Brooks three assists for the Seawolves.
Eldredge and Emma Allegrucci got the game off to a quick start, scoring twice for the Broncos, in the first two minutes. Emma Weddle quickly responded, putting the Seawolves on the board.
Sonoma State's Hailey Gellert tied the game 2-2 on an exclusion goal. By early in the second quarter, the Broncos had pulled ahead 5-2.
The Seawolves went just 1-for-11 with the extra attacker.
The Broncos connected on only two of their 11 chances, but Francis' game-winner came right after the expiration of a kickout and one of Eldredge's fourth-quarter strikes came on the man advantage.
"In the second half, I really liked our team defense and 6-on-5 offense," Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur said. "Both were key in winning a close game."
Lydia Dadd posted six saves to earn the win in net for the Broncos. Brooke Sullivan made 11 saves for Sonoma State.
The Broncos play Harvard at Sullivan Aquatic Center on Sunday. Game time is noon.
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