Women's Water Polo Places Second at Pioneer Tourney

April 8, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Freshman Kelly Morrison's triple-overtime sudden-death goal provided Santa Clara's women's water polo team with a 15-14 victory over Cal Poly at the Leavey Pool as part of the Pioneer Tournament. Hosted by CS Hayward, the Broncos moved over to the Hayward Pool and fell in the championship game to UC Santa Cruz by a 7-4 score. The Broncos are now 11-18 on the year.

In the morning match, the score was tied at eight goals apiece after regulation. The match was tied again after the first overtime at 11-11 and again after a second extra period at 14 all. Each team missed its first two shots in the third overtime, as the match moved to sudden death, but Morrison's score gave the Broncos their first win over Cal Poly in seven matches.

"This is a huge victory for us," head coach Steve Hanson said. "The Mustangs are the number one ranked club team in the country and they are the defending national champions at that level. We've gone into sudden death overtime with Cal Poly in each of our last seven matches and this is the first time we've come out with the win. It was a long time coming but it feels good."

The Broncos started out flat and found themselves down 5-2 at the half. Santa Clara fell behind by one more score before mounting the comeback. Two goals each by senior Kim Yost and sophomore Carly Carpenter and one each by senior Liz Schuricht and junior Sarah Schmitt tied the score at eight, as Santa Clara only allowed one Mustang goal in each of the final two quarters.

The tempo quickened in overtime as each team scored three. Santa Clara's goals were tallied by Schmitt, sophomore Kelley Mays and Schuricht. The second overtime was much of the same, with two more goals by Yost, who sandwiched a score by Schuricht.

"As soon as we settled down and realized we could put points on the board, we started to get a little more creative with our shots," Hanson added. "Better passing and ball movement became the bottom line. I counted five times that we hit the crossbar and we had one miss on a penalty shot, that's six opportunities and the game was decided by one point. It seems like we had really wide-open looks and just didn't put them down. They, they just started falling for us in overtime."

In the championship match at Hayward, Mays and sophomore Elizabeth Glotzbach scored two goals each. Senior Bronco goalkeeper Sarah Peterson had six saves.