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Water polo takes down Santa Clara in low-scoring contest

Aaron Tolentino
Then-sophomore utility Emily Bennett keeps the ball away from a Santa Clara defender during the Aztecs’ 4-1 victory over the Broncos on March 28, 2019 at the Aztec Aquaplex.

No. 21 San Diego State water polo defeated Santa Clara in a low-scoring affair by a final score of 4-1 on March 28 at the Aztec Aquaplex.

The Aztecs (11-11, 4-1) earned their third straight Golden Coast Conference victory, while the Broncos (6-12, 0-2) were held scoreless through three quarters.

Head coach Carin Crawford said senior goalkeeper Maura Cantoni had an impressive showing after Cantoni allowed just one goal.

“Maura was fantastic,” Crawford said. “When we failed (defensively), she was there to make the save.”

Cantoni, who co-captains the Aztecs, made 12 saves, many of which were from point-blank range.

Cantoni credited her teammates for her performance in front of the net.

“It was a definite team effort,” Cantoni said. “The way that the girls were playing defense in front of me really facilitated my blocks and helped me out a lot.”

Additionally, SDSU posted 14 steals while Santa Clara tallied six.

Sophomore utility player Emily Bennett had 8 shots against the Broncos but went scoreless as several attempts hit the woodwork.

The Aztecs posted a 16 percent shot conversion rate.

Crawford said SDSU was unlucky to see some of its shots bounce off the goal frame.

“It just feels like there’s a force field in front of the cage,” Crawford said. “I was frustrated for Emily Bennett because normally she puts those shots away.”

Senior driver Hannah Carrillo led all scorers with two goals while collecting three steals.

Her second goal came just a second before the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter.

Carrillo said despite the win, SDSU had a subpar performance.

“It was good that we won, but the quality of the win wasn’t up to our standards,” Carrillo said. “At the end of the day, it’s a win, so (I) can’t really complain as much.”

Carrillo contributed the only goal of the first half with 6:28 left in the second quarter.

Santa Clara was only able to score one shot on 20 attempts. Junior utility player Maggie Oys scored the Broncos’ lone goal with 5:49 remaining in the game.

SDSU was knocked out of the national rankings after losses to No. 10 UC Irvine and then-No. 14 Princeton, but victories over GCC opponents No. 12 Loyola Marymount and T-No. 22 California Baptist last week pushed the Aztecs back into the top 25.

The Aztecs will compete in the ASU Invitational on March 30 and 31 in Tempe, Ariz., where the team will take on Siena, No. 8 Arizona State and No. 19 San Jose State.

The Sun Devils and Spartans are no strangers to the Scarlet and Black.

SDSU lost 12-7 to then-No. 9 Arizona State on Feb. 9 at the Triton Invitational and also fell to then-No. 13 San Jose State in overtime by a final score of 10-9 on Feb. 23 at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

Cantoni said the win will propel the Aztecs into this weekend’s ASU Invitational.

“This is just exactly what we needed to keep our momentum going,” Cantoni said. “Moving forward, we have all the power on our side, and I think we’re going to crush it this weekend.”

About the Contributors
Kyle Betz, Sports Editor
Kyle Betz is a fourth-year journalism student at SDSU and 2020-21 marks his fourth year reporting for The Daily Aztec. The Lake Forest, Calif. native has covered numerous sports as a writer, editor and media contributor. An avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Lakers, Manchester United and Anaheim Ducks, Kyle enjoys watching and attending sporting events, listening to music, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family in his free time.
Aaron Tolentino, Sports Editor
Aaron is in his second and final year at SDSU. He is a junior college transfer from the Bay Area. From his previous experience covering junior college football, he has transitioned to the Aztec football beat where he is well plugged into the program – often breaking news first about the team. He has visited different road football stadiums, such as Stanford, Fresno State, San José State and UCLA at the Rose Bowl. Some of his highlights working at The Daily Aztec include covering the Mountain West Championship game in Las Vegas, casually sitting behind the legendary broadcaster Kevin Harlan (no big deal). Follow Aaron on Twitter @atolent2 to get the latest scoop on SDSU sports and one day see him break the news from that same account.
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