The Chico State Women’s Rugby Club took on UCSB Saturday afternoon in their first round of the USA Rugby D1/D1 Elite Spring College Playoffs. Winning their first game, Chico has secured a place in a Final Four game in Fullerton, California.
Three minutes after kickoff, Inside Center Hannah Westfall scored her first try of the match, setting Chico’s pace for the rest of the match. Playing with an aggressive pace, pushing back against UCSB’s defense, Chico showed their worth on the pitch against some of the top schools in the nation.
Flanker Karla Santiaguillo brought the second try of the half, followed by Westfall with her second try of the match. Fullback Darby McFall, and Outside Center Stefani Bergerhouse would also score twice before the half was over. UCSB would put five points of their own on the board before the half time whistle blew.
Starting at half with a 47-5 score, UCSB would score their final try of the match off their #7, followed closely with a try by Lock Jennifer Brissenden. Winger Ashley Evans would score closer to the end of the half off her first break away, building Chico’s confidence for the last quarter of the match.
Prop Rebecca Kilmartin would score shortly before Bergerhouse, who took her fourth and final try of the match, securing a 74-10 win for the Wildcats. After taking a win in their rounds of 16, Chico has secured a final four match in Fullerton.
Chico will play on Sunday, April 22nd against Lindenwood University to decide whether Chico competes in the D1 or D1 Elite Final four with a shot at a championship match. Come show your support at Steuber Stadium at Stanford University at 3 p.m.