Late Second Road Setback
Women's water polo falls thanks to a SDSU goal with 0.2 left on clock.
April 5, 2014
SAN DIEGO -San Diego State's Anique Hermann scored with 0.22 seconds left in the fourth quarter to propel the Aztecs to a 6-5 victory over No. 11 LMU Saturday afternoon at Aztec Aquaplex.
LMU falls to 17-10 on the season and 4-1 in the Golden Coast Conference, while San Diego State improves to 19-10 overall and and 3-0 in the GCC.
With the score tied at five and just over two minutes left on the clock, each team a called a timeout only to come up empty on their respective possessions. After the Aztecs came up with a defensive stop, they got the ball back with seven seconds left and drew a foul, leaving less than a second to play. Hermann then collected herself and fired a shot toward the lower right corner and deposited her shot past the outstretched reach of LMU goalkeeper Claire Wright to provide the winning goal for the home side.
The game started as a defensive battle as both teams were solid on the perimeter and in net. The frame featured only one goal when Nikole Ferrari found Ioli Benekou, who fired in her shot from the left side with 2:54 left on the clock.
The Lions got on the scoreboard just over a minute into the second quarter when Ivana Castro scored, but SDSU answered nearly two minutes later. After Hermann drew an ejection, Ferrari immediately fired a pass to Hermann and she scored to put the Aztecs ahead by one. LMU, however, leveled the score after Danielle Johnson found the back of the net. Johnson had three goals on the day.
Later, Hermann drew a penalty and Benekou squeezed her shot past Wright to give SDSU a two-goal lead. The Lions, however, notched a 6-on-5 goal (Johnson) with 44 seconds left to get within one goal heading into the final period.
LMU tied the score once again when Johnson scored on a power-play opportunity, only to have the Aztecs retake the lead when Benekou sent a missile in the lower right corner with 3:29 to play. A minute later, a San Diego State turnover at mid-pool led to LMU's Laura Lopez knotting the score at 5 with 2:27 left in regulation, which led to the aforementioned sequences and the SDSU win.
The Lions return to action with No. 3 USC on Apr. 10 at 4:30 pm. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 TV Network. They then take on Azusa Pacific to close out GCC play on Saturday, Apr. 12 at 12 pm. They also face Chapman at 2:30 pm.