Los Angeles, Calif.-----San Jose State's top two goal scorers, Adriana Vogt and Dani Curran, combined for six goals and goalkeeper Meagan Minson came up with five of her 12 saves in the fourth quarter as the Spartans topped Arizona State, 10-9, in the 7th place match of the 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo Tournament.
Curran had her best offensive match in the three-day tournament with four goals. Vogt added a pair including the match's final score on a breakaway at the 7:21 mark of the fourth quarter.
San Jose State (17-14), which picked up its second win of the season in two tries over #9-Arizona State (16-15), raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter as Curran recorded a natural three-goal "hat trick" within the first six minutes of the contest.
A pair of power play goals by the Sun Devils ignited a 7-1 rally by Arizona State from the end of the first quarter through the entire second period sending the Spartans into halftime down 8-6.
"We got off to a great start. Then, all of a sudden, there were a few ejections and they tied the score and went ahead," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully, whose team ended a four-match losing streak.
Janessa Schmidbauer's second two-goal contribution in as many days and Kelly Stewart's first goal of the tournament late in the third quarter allowed San Jose State to go into the fourth quarter tied at 9-9.
"It was a tense time when Kelly scored for us. It was a real key goal on an outside shot," described the Spartans' coach.
San Jose State needed another strong second-half defensive effort like it had in the tournament opener against Cal on April 30 to come away with the victory. Arizona State scored just once, one more than the Spartans allowed against Cal, after halftime in the battle for 7th place.
Minson ended up as the busiest goalkeeper with 35 saves in the eight-team tournament. Curran and Vogt finished with eight goals each to lead all field players in tournament scoring.
"It was a relief to get one," said Tully about the Spartans' efforts. San Jose State dropped a pair of two-goal decisions to Cal and San Diego State in overtime, respectively, and edged Arizona State.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo Tournament
Spieker Aquatic Complex, Los Angeles, Calif.
May 2, 2010
7th Place Game
|Score By Quarters||1||2||3||4||F|
|#9-Arizona State (16-15)||3||5||1||0||9|
|#6-San Jose State (17-14)||5||1||3||1||10|
Arizona State Goals: Mariam Salloum 2, Lynlee Smith 2, Bonnie Miles, Sarah Harris, Kelsey White, Kari Walsh, Kelly Phelps, 1 each.
Arizona State Saves: Dana Harvey 5, Amanda Young 4.
San Jose State Goals: Dani Curran 4, Adriana Vogt 2, Janessa Schmidbauer 2, Kelly Stewart, Bridget McKee, 1 each.
San Jose State Saves: Meagan Minson 12.