Tempe, Ariz.-----San Jose State University set a single-season scoring record and Juliet Moss tied a school record for the third time scoring six goals as the Spartans defeated Long Beach State, 15-12, in the third day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.
The win moves San Jose State (16-12), ranked seventh nationally, into the fifth-place game against the #5-ranked San Diego State (27-8) on Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. (MST).
A BIG LEAD AND A STRONG FINISH
San Jose State had a commanding 10-3 lead at halftime, but some defensive lapses allowed Long Beach State (8-18) to get back into the game. With the Spartans ahead 13-12 in the fourth quarter, Moss’ goal from the 2-meter mark with 5:21 left in regulation turned the tide back in favor of San Jose State.
“The team played extremely well in the first half. We did a good job with our counter attack. In the third quarter, we made some mistakes on defense that allowed Long Beach to catch up,” said Spartans’ coach Lou Tully, whose team broke the team’s single season scoring record in the win. San Jose State has scored 294 goals exceeding the previous best of 288 in the 2000 season. “We weathered the storm to win.
“Juliet had an outstanding game for us and Beth Harberts had two critical goals, too.”
MOSS GROWING AS A SPARTAN
Moss, a sophomore from San Jose’s Mount Pleasant High School, became just the fifth player in school history to reach the 50-goal in a season. After scoring 11 goals in 2006, the 2-meter player has 54 tallies heading into the San Diego State contest.
“Juliet has developed so much. She played a lot last year, but didn’t score that often. Her improvement this year has been dynamic,” added the San Jose State coach.
LOOKING AT THE SEASON FINALE
The Spartans are seeking to avenge an 11-9 regular-season loss to the Aztecs.
“Both teams will be battling hard for fifth place which will match our highest finish ever in the conference tournament. It’s something we hope to duplicate,” Tully said.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament Day 3
#7-San Jose State (16-12) 6 4 3 2=15
#10-Long Beach State (8-18) 2 1 6 3=12
San Jose State Juliet Moss, 6; Beth Harberts, Tanya Torres, 2; Bridget McKee, Alexis Higlett, Geraldine Hazlett, Deanna Lowry, Brianna Lindsey, 1.
Long Beach State Megan WInchell, 4; Marina Canetti, Dayna Wawrzynski, 3; Christina Wensman, Ashley Heaslip, 1.
San Jose State Kendra Adama, 11.
Long Beach State Kim Hayes, 11.