Tempe, Ariz.----- #3-ranked Arizona State overcame deficits of four goals during the first quarter and two at halftime to defeat #10-ranked San Jose State, 11-8, a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MSPF) women’s water polo match.
The Spartans (10-10, 0-5 MPSF) led 5-1 after Anna Natalizio’s second score of the first quarter and were ahead 6-4 after two quarters when Victoria Smith’s shot for San Jose State beat Arizona State goalkeeper E.B. Keeve and the buzzer.
"We got off to an unbelievable start. We scored on our first three shots and it was 3-0 right away," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully.
The Sun Devils (25-5, 4-2 MPSF) ran off six consecutive goals after halftime to take a 10-6 lead en route to their seventh win in a row. Arizona State’s four goals of the third quarter for an 8-6 advantage all were 6-on-5 power play scores.
"The problem was Arizona State was gaining on us. We've got to be able to handle hat. Once they got up on us, we couldn't match them after that," Tully said about the Sun Devils' second-half surge.
San Jose State sophomore Timi Molnar led all players with four goals, two in the first and two in the fourth quarters. Ao Gao, a member of the 2012 China Olympic women's water polo team, was Arizona State’s top scorer with three, two of them on third-period power plays. Alicia Brightwell, Petra Pardi and Shannon Haas each scored twice for the Sun Devils.
"Their 6-on-5 wasn't anything special. We were not active enough on defense," Tully said about Arizona State's power play.
Keeve was credited with 12 saves. San Jose State Maddie Reardon was credited with seven stops.
San Jose State closes out the regular season, Saturday, April 20, hosting CSU Bakersfield in a MPSF contest.
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Total|
|#10-San Jose State (10-10, 0-5 MPSF) ||5||1||0||2||8|
|#3-Arizona State (25-5, 4-2 MPSF) ||2||2||4||3||11|
San Jose State - Timi Molnar, 4; Anna Natalizio, 2; Victoria Smith, Kimber Methvin, 1, each.
Arizona State - Ao Gao, 3; Alicia Brightwell, Petra Pardi, Shannon Haas, 2; Anna Kertes, Amanda Young, 1, each.
San Jose State - Maddie Reardon, 7.
Arizona State - E.B. Keeve, 12.
San Jose State - 11.
Arizona State - 4.