San Jose, Calif.-----Juliet Moss and Dani Curran each scored twice in San Jose State University's 10-6 loss to #3-ranked UCLA on Senior Day at The Aquatics Center.
Moss' two goals gave her 31 for the season and 157 for her career and moved her into sole possession of second place on the Spartans' career goal-scoring list. She moved ahead of Liz Garcia, who scored 155 during the 1998 through 2000 seasons, and trails only Inna Fedoseyeva.
Her first goal cut UCLA's lead to 4-2. The Bruins (17-3, 5-0 MPSF), built a 4-1 lead in the second quarter with power play goals by Katie Rulon, the only goal for either team in the first quarter, and Priscilla Orozco and K.K. Clark and Tanya Gandy’s first of five scores in the match.
#8-ranked San Jose State (8-11, 1-4 MPSF) trailed 6-3 at halftime after trading goals with UCLA in the final two minutes of the second quarter. Tanya Torres, who along with Moss and goalkeeper Kelly Kennison were introduced before the match as the team's thee seniors, closed out the first-half scoring.
"Coming into the match, our objective was to control the ball on offense. I thought our girls did a nice of that. Our problem has been turning the ball over with poor passing or ill-advised shots. I thought we cut down on that today," said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully. "It was disappointing to lose. There were a couple of things that didn't go our way. We don't have room for error against a team like UCLA."
Two third-quarter goals by Dani Curran cut the deficit to 7-5 heading into the fourth quarter, but UCLA came up with three unanswered goals, two by Gandy and one by Anne Belden to end the Spartans’ hopes for an upset. Gandy stopped the Spartans' momentum by converting a penalty shot at 7:37.
"We made some mistakes on defense.It's unfortunate. It's not the time you want to do that. We could have used two goals instead of the other way around. They're a very good team. They're third in the nation for a reason," said the Spartans' head coach.
Kennison played the first quarter in goal for San Jose State and made one save. Meagan Minson played the rest of the way and was credited with four saves. UCLA goalkeeper Brittany Fullen stopped six shots by the Spartans.
"I'm hopeful we can build off of this game and take it with us. We have quite a few games left, but we are through with the top three - Stanford, USC and UCLA - again until MPSF (Tournament). The teams we have left we should be able to compete against them very well," said Tully about the last three weeks that has seen San Jose State play four of its last six matches against top-three raked teams. "Today, we came out ready to play and were fired up. We don't have the depth the top teams have. Our front line can hang with them for a while. We have to keep our top players in to stay in the game or if we start resting them too much, the game gets out of hand."
San Jose State returns to action, Saturday, March 21, at the Aztec Invitational hosted by San Diego State.
Check back Monday, March 16 here at www.sjsuspartans.com for an audio-visual show from this match.
Scoring by Quarters
#3-UCLA (17-3, 5-0 MPSF) 1-5-1-3=10
#8San Jose State (8-11, 1-4 MPSF) 0-3-2-1=6
UCLA Katie Rulon, 1st, 1:53, power play
UCLA Priscilla Orozco, 2nd, 6:05, power play
UCLA Tanya Gandy, 2nd, 5:07
San Jose State Adriana Vogt, 2nd, 3:33
UCLA K.K. Clark, 2nd, 3:15, power play
San Jose State Juliet Moss, 2nd, 1:39
UCLA Sarah Orozco, 2nd, 1:24
UCLA Tanya Gandy, 2nd, 0:49
San Jose State Tanya Torres, 2nd, 0:28
San Jose State Dani Curran, 3rd, 4:54
UCLA Tanya Gandy, 3rd, 2:29
San Jose State Dani Curran, 3rd, 1:09
UCLA Tanya Gandy, 4th, 7:37, penalty shot
UCLA Anne Belden, 4th, 6:31
UCLA Tanya Gandy, 4th, 1:38
San Jose State Juliet Moss, 4th, 0:39
UCLA Tanya Gandy, 5; Katie Rulon, Priscilla Orozco, Sarah Orozco, K.K. Clark, Anne Belden, 1 each
San Jose State Dani Curran, Juliet Moss, 2, each; Adriana Vogt, Tanya Torres, 1, each.
UCLA Brittany Fullen 7
San Jose State Kelly Kennison, 1; Meagan Minson, 4.