Los Angeles, Calif.-----UCLA scored seven unanswered goals over an 11-minute span covering the second and third quarters for a 12-5 win over San Jose State University in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo match.
The #6-ranked Spartans (14-10, 2-3 MPSF) scored the first goal of the match on an Adriana Vogt penalty shot and trailed 4-3 in the second quarter following a power-play score by Kimber Methvin.
"I thought our team played well in the beginning. We were doing a pretty good job. As the game went on and the score became somewhat lopsided, I thought we had a let down. We had a hard time sustaining energy," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully.
"In this case, the issue becomes defense rather than offense. We really have to be a lot quicker and help back. A couple of players were not coming back quick enough which gives them an opportunity to score and puts us in a bad position."
Tully also cited the Spartans' overall inability to find the net as part of the team's loss to UCLA. By his count, San Jose State was just 5-of-26 shooting the ball.
"We missed a lot of shots. It wasn't like the goalie blocked it or it hit the bar. We missed the whole cage. That's disheartening. Our shooting left a lot to be desired," the San Jose State coach added.
"Every time you miss, you're countering and having to go hard back down the pool to play defense. After a while, it can wear on you. If you can score some goals, it can be uplifting. You can catch your breath and get ready to go. If you're constantly in that counter defense, the only break you get is when they score."
UCLA (15-7, 3-2 MPSF), ranked fourth nationally, then closed out the first half with three scores and added four more in the third quarter. Bridget McKee ended the San Jose State scoring drought with the match's first score of the final period.
"I think we converted some easy opportunities. We did a good job on 6-on-5 when we got those and we finished a few transition goals that are big," said UCLA coach Brandon Brooks.
Vogt was the Spartans' top scorer with a pair of goals. Besides Methvin and McKee, Kathryn Hannum was in the scoring column with a power-play tally.
"When you play San Jose State, it's very important to shut down their best scorers. Dani Curran and Adriana Vogt are their team leaders," said Brooks, whose team helped keep Curran out of the scoring column for the first time in the month of March.
KK Clark was one of five Bruins with two or more goals with a team-high three.
"There were small errors (in our defense). We weren't helping each other. There was no communication on defense. And, they were capitalizing on our errors," said San Jose State goalkeeper Meagan Minson who was credited with eight saves.
The Spartans return to action, Saturday, April 10, with two matches in the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Match
Spieker Aquatics Cemplex, Los Angeles, Calif.
March 28, 2010
#9-San Jose State (14-10, 2-3 MPSF) 1-2-0-2=5
#4-UCLA (15-6, 3-2 MPSF) 3-4-4-1=12
San Jose State - Adriana Vogt, 2; Kathryn Hannum, Kimber Methvin, Bridget McKee, 1 each.
UCLA - KK Clark, 3; Grace Reynolds, Priscilla Orozco, Kelly Easterday, Brooke Martin, 2, each; Giselle Naranjo, 1.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 8.
UCLA - Caitlin Clement, 8; Kristen Simonds, 2.
SJSU - Vogt (penalty shot), 7:05
UCLA - Reynolds (power play), 4:59
UCLA - P. Orozco, 2:16
UCLA - Clark, 0:47
UCLA - Martin (power play), 6:47
SJSU - Hannum (power play), 6:16
SJSU - Methvin, 4:44
UCLA - P. Orozco, 3:23
UCLA - Easterday (penalty shot), 2:30
UCLA - Clark, 0:09
UCLA - Reynolds, 7:42
UCLA - Easterday, 6:45
UCLA - Martin, 2:30
UCLA - Clark (power play), 0:22
SJSU - McKee, 6:35
UCLA - Naranjo, 1:35
SJSU - Vogt (power play), 1:19