San Jose, Calif.-----Anna Natalizio and Meagan Minson matched career-highs as San Jose State University defeated San Diego State University, 9-8 in overtime, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo match.
The Spartans' win was their seventh in the last eight matches, second overtime victory of the season, avenged a 7-4 loss to the #8-Aztecs (17-8, 1-5 MPSF) earlier in the season at the UC Irvine Invitational and the first triumph over a top-10 ranked team in 2012.
"Today, our offense was moving a lot more. We were controlling the ball a lot more and we cut our mistakes down tremendously from last time," said San Jose State goalkeeper Minson when comparing the two matches with San Diego State this season.
"Meagan was fabulous. She just had a great game and made it happen for us," said Spartans' coach Lou Tully about Minson who was credited with 16 saves.
Natalizio tied a career-high with four scores for San Jose State. Her final goal came at 2:19 of the first overtime giving #10-San Jose State (14-8, 2-3 MPSF) an 8-7 lead. Dani Curran added her second goal 37 seconds later giving the Spartans a two-goal advantage. After San Diego State's Anique Hermann scored at 1:28, neither team scored in the second overtime.
"Anna's a dynamo. She turned it on and got it done," said Tully about his number-two scorer who has scored two or more goals in seven straight matches.
"When we played them in Irvine, we were still getting used to our offense. We weren't running it correrctly. Now. we're a more cohesive team. We all really know what to do," said Natalizio, who now has 40 goals. "We're really happy we won this time, because this is the one that actually counts in the MPSF."
Twice, San Jose State held a two-goal lead in a match that had four lead changes. The Aztecs were unable to take advantage of nine power play opportunities while the Spartans converted on two-of-four power plays. Natalizio's first goal was a second-quarter power play to tie the score at 3-3.
Amber Pezzolla and Meaghan Poland each scored twice to lead the Aztecs' offensively. San Diego State goalkeeper Kelly Campoli stopped nine San Jose State shots.
The Spartans close out the weekend hosting #4-Arizona State in a MPSF match, April 1 at noon in The Aquatic Center.
"Things are definitely moving a lot better than at the beginning of the season. We are clicking a lot more as a team," Minson said about the Spartans' recent streak of success.
|Score by Periods||1||2||3||4||1OT||2OT||Total|
|#8-San Diego State (17-8, 1-5 MPSF)||2||1||3||1||1||0||8|
|#10-San Jose State (14-8, 2-3 MPSF)||2||1||3||1||2||0||9|
San DIego State - Amber Pezzolla, 2; Meaghan Poland, 2; Alex Ford, 1; Leanne Ford, 1; Teri Long, 1; Anique Hermann, 1.
San Jose State - Anna Natalizio, 4; Dani Curran, 2; Rachel Henry, 1; Kimber Methvin, 1; Allie Stewart, 1.
San Diego State - Kelly Campoli - 9.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson - 16.
San Diego State - 4.
San Jose State - 9.