SAN JOSE, Calif. - Three-goal efforts by freshman Bridgett McKee and sophomore Juliet Moss led the No. 6 San Jose State University water polo team to a 12-7 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday, February 17. The rookie scored once in the first quarter and twice in the second quarter to give the Spartans the win. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while the Matadors drop to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the MPSF.
“This was clearly Bridgett’s best game,” said assistant coach Johnny Bega. “She really stepped up. She’s only a freshman, but she does a great job.”
The teams played evenly in the first quarter, both scoring three goals. Alexis Higlet notched the first goal of the game at the 6:43 mark. The Spartans took a 2-0 lead at 4:43 with a goal by Deanna Lowry. Northridge responded quickly with two goals within a minute to tie the game at two apiece. San Jose State regained the lead at 2:08 with McKee’s first goal of the game, but the Matadors answered quickly with the game-tying goal by Christine Cruz at the 1:40 mark.
In the second quarter, the Spartans broke the game open with five goals. One of the team’s goals came on a penalty shot by Tanya Torres. McKee also tallied her final two goal of the game in the period, the first at 6:14 and the second at 3:27. Juliet Moss notched the team’s fourth goal of the period while Higlett scored the fifth. Higlett’s goal came on assists from Torres and Geraldine Hazlett. With quick passes on the perimeter, Torres and Hazlett separated the defense and found Higlett open in the center. Northridge also notched two goals in the quarter, the first by Chelsea Curran at 6:34 and the second by Cruz at 2:59.
Leading 8-5 at the half, the Spartans extended their lead further with three more goals in the third quarter. The first goal of the period was scored by Torres on the man-up play for San Jose State. Beth Harberts scored the second goal of the period with an assist from Torres. The final goal of the period for the Spartans came at 4:44 and was scored by Moss.
The Spartans held the Matadors scoreless in the final period of play. Goalie Kendra Adama added two saves in the quarter to bring her total for the game to six. The final goal of the game came at 4:41.
“I thought the girls played well,” said head coach Lou Tully. “The game progressed with no real high or lows. It was really consistent play.”
The Spartans will host No. 2 USC on Sunday, February 18 at the Aquatics Center at 12:00 p.m.
“I think [today’s game] was a good warm-up for tomorrow,” said McKee.
No. 6 San Jose State 12, Cal State Northridge 7
TEAM 1 2 3 4 Total
CS-N 3 2 2 0 7
SJSU 3 5 3 1 12
CS-N: Allison Brookes 3, Chelsea Curran -1, Chritine Cruz 2.
SJSU: Alexis Higlett 2, Deanna Lowry 1, Bridgett McKee 3, Tanya Torres 2, Juliet Moss 3, Beth Harberts - 1