San Jose, Calif.-----Four freshmen, Kelly and Allie Stewart, Dani Curran and goalkeeper Meagan Minson, keyed #10-ranked San Jose State to a 10-8 come-from-behind overtime victory over Hawai'i in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams.
The two Stewarts and Curran combined for eight of the Spartans' 10 goals. Kelly Stewart and Curran each scored three times and Allie Stewart, twice, as San Jose State (6-2, 1-0 MPSF) overcame a 7-2 third-period deficit without All-America Juliet Moss who fouled out shortly after scoring the Spartans’ second goal of the match.
Minson who played an entire game for the first time this season, made 13 saves against Hawai'i (4-1, 0-1 MPSF).
“Our freshmen really came through. Kelly Stewart and Allie Stewart both came off the bench. Meagan Minson played her first full game and she did a heck of a job,” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully.
“Minson was awesome. She really played well. We can see the progress she is making.”
The Spartans kept the Rainbow Wahine off the scoreboard the final 11:40 of regulation and first 4:12 of overtime play en route to their second win over a top-20 team this season and the program’s second triumph over a #4-ranked team in school history.
“The biggest thing was we had to press a lot harder and put pressure on them at the 2-meter mark. We responded and made it tougher on them. That was the difference,” said Tully about San Jose State’s best defensive stand of the season.
“We came back and did what the coaches taught me stay calm, be light on the hands, heavy on the legs and go to the ball,” said Minson.
After Hawaii’s Kelly Mason, a senior from New Zealand, scored her game-high fourth of the game, the San Jose State freshman trio took over the scoring. Curran and Allie Stewart closed out the third period with goals. Curran’s third goal of the match to open the fourth quarter preceded Kelly Stewart’s first two goals. Her second tally came at the 2:52 mark and neither team could find the net in their final three possessions before overtime.
Twice in the first overtime, Minson made saves when the Rainbow Wahine had a 6-5 power play advantage. The Spartans countered with Allie Stewart’s second goal of the game, the first in overtime, and Kelly Stewart’s outside shot at 0:22 to put the Spartans ahead 9-7.
“We have strong freshmen. Today, we saw their confidence come out. They were the ones who were fired up,” said team captain Tanya Torres. “It was pretty physical out there. When we got it to 7-3 (on a Dani Curran goal), that got our confidence going.”
Bridget McKee gave San Jose State a 10-8 advantage on a power play at 1:05 of the second overtime for the match’s final tally.
Hawaii’s Serena Bredin made eight saves.
“Anytime you beat a top-4 team, those are great wins. Hawaii is a very good team. They have nine international players and national team players. Our girls did not back down,” concluded Tully.
“This was such a great comeback. Nobody expected us to win and today, we showed we can do it,” Minson said.
Hawaii (4-1, 0-1 MPSF) 2-2-3-0-0-1=8
San Jose State (6-2, 1-0 MPSF) 0-1-1-5-2-1=10
Hawaii - Kelly Mason, 4; Helena Pardon, Ryan Hanson-Swanter, Leonie Van Der Molen, Saara Maluri, 1 each.
San Jose State - Dani Curran, Kelli Stewart, 3 each; Allie Stewart, 2; Juliet Moss & Bridget McKee, 1 each.
Hawaii Serena Bredin 8 saves
San Jose State Meagan Minson 13 saves