#8-Spartans 8th At UC Irvine Invitational

Irvine, Calif.-----San Jose State University finished eighth in the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational women’s water polo tournament after losing matches to #6-ranked San Diego State, 8-7, and #5-ranked California, 9-6.

    The Spartans (8-8), ranked 8th nationally, held a 6-5 lead on San Diego State Adriana Vogt’s second goal of the game at 2:51 of the third quarter. The Aztecs took the lead with three goals to open the final period before Bridget McKee of San Jose State scored the match’s final goal in the waning seconds.

    “Overall, we played very well. We had our chances up until the fourth quarter. We made too many mistakes and had two of our starters in foul trouble,” said San Jose State associate head coach Johnny Bega.

    Vogt, who finished with six goals in the final day’s play, and Juliet Moss each scored twice for the Spartans. Dani Curran and Tanya Torres joined McKee, Vogt and Moss in the scoring column against San Diego State.

    Meagan Minson, who played both games in the second day of the torunament, was credited with seven saves in goal for San Jose State.

    “Magan had a solid game. She also had three steals that prevented San Diego State from scoring more,” Bega said about the freshman’s play around the cage.

    Vogt and Dani Curran were the only two goal scorers for San Jose State in a 9-6 loss to California in the 7th place game. Vogt led the Spartans with a single-game season-high four goals.

    “Adriana changed her game. She moved more and became available for the ball (on offense) .She helped out on defense and was all over the place,” the Spartans’ associate head coach said about the team’s top scorer for the day.

    Three unanswered goals by the Golden Bears in the second quarter, two of them by Paige Lorenz, put California ahead to stay. The Golden Bears’ win was their second in eight days over the Spartans.