Water Polo Splits Saturday Doubleheader

San Jose State hosted a women’s water polo double-header Saturday afternoon at the Campus Aquatics Center, earning a split in the day’s action. The Spartans were edged by second-ranked Stanford, 9-8, in the opening game and followed that with a 15-10 defeat of the Sonoma State Sea Wolves.

 

In the opening tilt against the Cardinal, the Spartans trailed 7-2 at halftime and 8-2 with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter before rallying behind the play of Juliet Moss. The junior drew a 5-meter penalty on Stanford’s Kim Krueger and scored to make it 8-3. Senior Beth Harberts, playing in her final home match, made it 8-4 with 2:22 left in the third and Kathryn Hannum pulled the Spartans at three with a skip-shot goal just before the quarter ended.

 

The final frame opened with San Jose State freshman Natasha Iglesias scoring her third goal of the season to pull within two, 8-6. Stanford countered with a goal from Kelsey Holshouser to push the lead back to three.

 

After a huge save from senior Kendra Adama, San Jose answered with a Kelly Pearce goal at the 4:41 mark. Adrianna Vogt tallied her first of the day with 1:08 remaining to pull San Jose State within one, 9-8. After a Spartan ejection, Adama again came up with a key save and San Jose had the ball with :17 seconds left and a chance to tie the score. The Cardinal pressured the ball up top and the Spartans were unable to get a quality shot off before the final horn blew.

 

“Off the top of my head this was the best shot we’ve had at Stanford. We controlled the game for the final half and had a chance to tie it up,” said head coach Lou Tully. “Stanford is a very good team and we played with them after a slow start. I’m real proud of our effort today. I hope it carries us into the MPSF Tournament.”

 

In the second game, San Jose State received four goals each from Moss and Vogt, and two goals each from Bridget McKee, Laura Shope and Brianna Lindsey. Kelly Kennison played three quarters in goal for the Spartans and recorded four saves.

 

Next up for the Spartans, 14-13 overall and 4-8 in MPSF play, is the MPSF Tournament held at San Diego State University, April 24-27.

 

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Stanford

4

3

1

1

9

San Jose St .

1

1

3

3

8

 

Scoring

Stanford: Holshouser 2, Eaton 2, Silver, 2, Gauthier, Gerrity, West

San Jose St : Moss 3, Harberts, Vogt, Pearce, Hannum, Iglesias

 

Saves

San Jose St: Adama 6

 

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Sonoma State

2

3

3

2

10

San Jose St .

4

2

5

4

15

 

Scoring

Sonoma St: Burchard 3, Stricklin 2, Mullins 2, Armijo, Pearce, Scott

San Jose St : Moss 4, Vogt 4, Lindsey 2, McKee 2, Shope 2,  Okuda

 

Saves

Sonoma St: Lombard 4

San Jose St: Kennison 4, Adama 1