Feb. 2, 2008
BERKELEY - The No. 5 California women's water polo team won its first home game of the 2008 campaign, knocking off San Jose State, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Molly Hayes led the Golden Bears with a game-high three goals while goalie Heather Stuart amassed 11 saves between the posts. Cal improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play while the Spartans fall to 4-1 and 0-1 in the MPSF.
"We played good defense," head coach Richard Corso said. "For 3.5 quarters, I thought our defense was excellent, and I think that was the difference in the game. I was very, very happy with our defense, not only from an individual perspective, but it was great team defense as well."
Cal got on the board first, four minutes into the first quarter when senior defender Molly Hayes scored in the final seconds on the shot clock. SJSU could not capitalize on a six-on-four opportunity with 2:50 to play in the period thanks to solid defense by the Bears. Sophomore utility Darby Anderson, despite being heavily guarded, scored on a hook shot to give Cal a 2-0 lead.
After a shot clock malfunction resulted in a delay at the beginning of the second stanza, California scored off a skip shot from Hayes. The Spartans scored their first goal of the game halfway through the second quarter when sophomore attacker Tanya Torres skipped a shot to the back corner to bring San Jose State within two, 3-1. Sophomore two-meter Grace Reynolds scored when her powerful shot when right past SJSU goalie Kendra Adama. The Bears took a 5-1 lead with 1:26 to play in the half when Hayes scored off a lob shot with sophomore defender Remy Champion dishing out the assist.
The Spartans won the sprint to open the second half and scored less than a minute in when freshman Adrianna Vogt scored from seven meters out, bringing the score to 5-2. The Bears took advantage of a SJSU shot-clock violation to get the ball and score with a goal from Reynolds, who was assisted by Hayes, to give them a 6-2 lead. Senior goalie Heather Stuart made an key block at the 3:15 mark when San Jose State earned a five-meter penalty shot.
Sophomore utility Stephanie Schnugg brought the score to 7-2 when she scored her first goal of the game from five meters outside the goal with two minutes to play in the third period. Thirty seconds later, SJSU junior two-meter Juliet Moss scored off a powerful shot on goal to bring the Spartans within four, 7-3. The Bears extended their lead to 8-3 when Anderson put the ball in the back corner with a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Neither team scored in the final period until the four-minute mark when sophomore defender Meghan Corso scored from beyond the 10 meters. Corso's goal, which brought the score to 9-3, would be Cal's final goal of the game. SJSU sophomore utility Bridget McKee went around Stuart to score with 2:17 remaining in regulation. The Spartans scored their last goal of the game 1:27 left on the clock off shot from Moss.
Stuart had an exceptional day in goal for the Bears, with 11 saves, including the huge block of the 5-meter penalty shot. MPSF Player of the Week Kendra Adama notched six saves between the posts for San Jose State. The Bears host Sonoma State on Sunday in a nonconference match-up at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Score by period 1 2 3 4 F San Jose State 0 1 2 2 5 California 2 3 3 1 9San Jose State goals: Juliet Moss 2, Bridget McKee 1, Tanya Torres 1, Adrianna Vogt 1
California goals: Molly Hayes 3, Darby Anderson 2, Grace Reynolds 2, Meghan Corso 1, Stephanie Schnugg 1