San Diego, Calif.-----Juliet Moss scored two of her team-leading three goals in the third quarter leading #9-ranked San Jose State University to a 10-9 victory over #5-ranked San Diego State University in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo match.
The Spartans (10-11, 2-4 MPSF) went two-for-two on the first day of the Aztec Invitational with a 9-6 triumph over #18-Indiana in an afternoon contest.
Moss’ second goal of the morning match tied the score, 5-5, at 7:39 of the third quarter. Her power-play goal with 0:46 left in the period put the Spartans (9-11, 2-4 MPSF) ahead to stay, 7-6.
"This was a huge conference game for us to win. We had a spurt starting from the end of the second quarter. A lot of players stepped up. Juliet played her role as our senior leader," said associate head coach Johnny Bega. "They pounded her, but she really kept her cool."
Fourth-quarter scores by Dani Curran, Kathryn Hannum and Bridget McKee allowed San Jose State to build a 10-7 advantage with 1:13 left in the contest before San Diego State’s Jenny Schuster closed out the scoring with a pair of goals.
Four of the Spartans’ 10 goals came on power play situations including Moss’ final goal of the match.
"We've worked on a new 6-on-5 the last two weeks. The key is our passing is a lot better," Bega commented on the power-play proficiency."
San Jose State’s win marked the second time this season the Spartans knocked off a top-five ranked team and avenged a February 22, 8-7 loss to San Diego State (17-5, 0-3 MPSF) at the UC Irvine Invitational. On February 4, the Spartans opened conference action with a 10-8 overtime win against #4-ranked Hawaii.