Cal student Dora Antal scores game-tying goal & final penalty shot today to lift Hungary water polo to quarterfinal.


Following Hungary's overtime victory over Australia in the quarterfinals of the Olympic women's water polo tournament Monday, one of Dora Antal's teammates called her "the engine that drives the car of the team."

At the end of regulation and especially in the decisive shootout, Antal proved why she deserved such praise


Antal, who will be a junior for the Bears in the fall, tied the game at 8-8 with a goal with 2:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. The match remained tied through the end of the period, which set up a shootout to determine the winner.

With each team awarded five shots on goal, Hungary made its first four, while Australia made three of four. So when Antal took aim, she knew that a goal would clinch the outcome. And with a hard shot to the right side of the net, Antal sent Hungary to the next round, while Australia missed the semifinals for the first time since women's water polo became an Olympic sport in 2000.

"I'm so glad we could beat this strong Australian team," said Antal, already a two-time All-American and the 2014 MPSF Newcomer of the Year for Cal. "I think we proved we are a big team and we have a really big heart. I think that was the key."

Antal's Cal teammate, Anna Illes, also played in the match for Hungary. Next up will be a Wednesday meeting with the United States for the right to play in the gold-medal match.

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