Los Angeles, Calif.-----Dani Curran scored three times for #8-San Jose State University in its 13-6 loss to #2-ranked University of Southern California in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo match.
Tanya Torres, Bridget McKee and Adriana Vogt also scored for the Spartans (8-10, 1-3 MPSF). San Jose State had plenty of opportunities to score, but USC’s goalkeeper Ilse van der Meijden came up with 15 saves for the Troajns (13-1, 2-0 MPSF). Van der Meijden was the goalkeeper for the 2008 Dutch team that captured the Olympic gold medal in women's water polo.
San Jose State took a 4-2 lead in the second quarter after both teams scored twice in the first period.
"We executed our 6-on-5 and earned penalty shots," said associate head coach Johnny Bega about the Spartans gaining the first-half advantage. "Our first half was very good. We came out hard, but just ran out of gas (in the second half).
"We had a lot of great opportunities (on offense)."
USC scored the final four goals before halftime and the first three tallies of the second to take an insurmountable 9-4 advantage. San Jose State came as close as 10-6 in the third quarter before the Trojans closed out the scoring with three scores by Kami Craig in the fourth quarter. Craig led all players with five goals.
Meagan Minson was credited with six saves in goal for San Jose State.
The Spartans host UCLA in their final home game at The Aquatics Center, Saturday, March 14.
#8-San Jose State (8-10, 1-3 MPSF) 2 - 2 2 - 0=6
#2USC (13-1, 2-0 MPSF) 2 - 4 - 4 3=13
SJSU -- Dani Curran 3, Bridget McKee 1, Tanya Torres 1, Adriana Vogt 1.
USC -- Kami Craig 5, Michelle Stein 2, Rosanna Tomiuk 2, Joelle Bekhazi 2, Kristen Dronberger 1, Alexandra Kiss 1.
SAVES: Meagan Minson (SJSU) 6, Ilse van der Meijden (USC) 15.