San Jose, Calif.----Bridget McKee and Adriana Vogt each scored twice for #6-San Jose State University, but Joelle Bekhazi scored her sixth hat trick of the season with three first-half goals leading #1-ranked University of Southern California to a 13-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo victory.
Bekhazi's third goal was the final score of the half giving the Trojans (20-1, 6-0 MPSF) an 8-3 lead en route to their 18th win in a row.
"USC has eight national team players. While you're trying to deal with #2 Kami Craig, who probably is the best 2-meter player in the world on the women's side right now, you can't deal with her 1-on-1. It's not going to happen. You need to get some help in there," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully. "While you're trying to get some help, you're leaving somebody open and you're trying to cover that up or get back quick enough."
San Jose State's six goals matched the second most goals scored against USC in a match since the start of the Trojans' winning streak. McKee's first tally, which closed the Spartans' deficit to 3-2 in the first quarter, was her 156th goal to move her into third place on the San Jose State career list.
Even though the Spartans found the goalmouth in every quarter, San Jose State missed a number of scoring chances.
"We can't afford to miss shots. They have room for error and we don't. That's the bottom line. Against a team like that, we have to be error-free," added Tully. "We played relatively well. It would have been nice to be a little bit stronger as far as our shooting goes and control things better on offense."
Southern California was effective on its power plays scoring six times in seven chances. San Jose State was 1-of-3 with a 6-on-5 advantage.
"They're a real strong shooting team as well as an inside team. They have strength everywhere," said co-captain Kathryn Hannum, who joined McKee and Kelsi Okuda as the Spartans' three seniors honored in pre-match ceremonies prior to their last career home match at The Aquatics Center. "We wanted to run our 'drop' better than we usually do it, but they were quicker than us."
The Spartans concluded their regular season with the USC match. San Jose State takes on #3-ranked California, Friday, April 30, in a first-round match in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship hosted by UCLA.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Women's Water Polo Match
The Aquatics Center, San Jose, Calif.
April 23, 2010
Score By Quarters
#1-USC (20-1, 6-0 MPSF) 4-4-5-0=13
#6-San Jose State (16-12, 2-5 MPSF) 2-1-1-2=6
USC - Joelle Bekhazi, 3; Alexandra Kiss, Kami Craig, 2 each; Kally Lucas, Nadia Dan, Patricia Jancso, Nicolina McCall, Kristen Dronberger, 1 each.
San Jose State - Bridget McKee, Adriana Vogt, 2 each; Dani Curran, Anna Natalizio, 1 each.
USC - Tumua Anae, 12.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 11.