Stanford, Calif.-----Ally Waasted scored an even-strength goal in the second overtime giving San Jose State University a 9-8 win over the University of Hawaii in the 7th place match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship tournament.
Neither team held more than a one-goal lead throughout the contest as the Spartans (19-13) topped the Rainbow Wahine (10-15) for the second time in three matches this season.
"We needed it and I wanted to do it for my teammates," said Waasted about her game-winner from in front of the Hawaii goal. "It was my last game ever and I wanted to go out with a bang.
"I turned her (my defender) and put her right on my back where I wanted her. I think Kelly Stewart made the pass into me. It was perfect right on my hand. I had plenty of time. The defense wasn't coming out on me and I shot it over the goalie's hand."
Senior Katie Buzzetta led the Spartans in scoring with three goals including one in the first overtime giving San Jose State an 8-7 lead. Hawaii's Amarens Genee, who led the Rainbow Wahine with four scores, tied the match at 8-8 in the first overtime with a power-play goal with 0:07 remaining in the first overtime.
The power play was effective for both teams. San Jose State scored five times and Hawaii, six, with the player advantage. Senior Dani Curran also tallied a penalty shot goal for the Spartans. San Jose State lost four starters to fouls and Hawaii, three, in a match with 29 ejections issued.
Waasted credited freshman Sydney Witt, who did not enter the contest until late in the fourth quarter, with a key steal late in the second overtime to give the Spartans a chance to run out the clock for the win.
"They did a great job," San Jose State coach Lou Tully said about the contributions from the non-starters. "Wassted (came off the bench and) had the game-winner.
"It's tough to play overtime at the end of the tournament. We were relying on the seven players who were in the water at the end. They really had to play in a very physical game. There wasn't much liberty to do a lot of substitutions at that point."
In her final match, Meagan Minson was credited with 11 saves. Hawaii goalkeeper Serena Reid made 12 stops.
"It feels great going out on a win, especially against Hawaii. Hawaii is always a big game for us," said Minson, one of seven seniors playing a final game for the Spartans. "A lot of girls stepped up today and they all did a tremendous job this year and, especially, this weekend.
"This always is a very tough tournament. The ability to pull one out at the end was very gratifying for the seniors," said Tully, who also spotlighted Minson's play in goal.
Hawaii (10-15) 3-1-2-1-1-0=8
San Jose State (19-13) 3-1-3-0-1-1=9
Hawaii - Amarens Genee, 4; Monique Wilson,2; Caity Lopes da Silva, 1; Danielle Lewis, 1.
San Jose State - Katie Buzzetta, 3; Ally Waasted, 2; Dani Curran, 2; Rachel Henry, Allie Stewart, 1.
Hawaii - Serena Reid
San Jose State - Meagan Minson
Hawaii - 13
San Jose State - 16