San Diego St. posts 10 unanswered
Keach scores hat trick and Pezzolla, Ford each score two in win
San Diego State Athletics
SAN DIEGO - Ninth-ranked San Diego State scored 10 unanswered goals to break a 3-3 tie and went on to a 14-5 victory against 20th-ranked Marist Friday afternoon at the Aztec Aquaplex. The win saw the Aztecs improve to 5-1 while the contest marked the season opener for the Red Foxes.
A total of 10 different players scored for SDSU led by a hat trick from Kimmy Keach and a pair of goals each by Amber Pezzolla and Leanne Ford.
Marist opened the scoring with two minutes gone as Agnes Konopka needed for the visitors. The goal came on a power play and proved to be a theme for the Red Foxes as four of their five goals on the afternoon came with the Aztecs short-handed.
San Diego State responded with three goals in a span of 1:24 as Ronni Gautschi, Ford and Keach staked the home side to a 3-1 lead.
Marist fought back to tie the game at three-all with the tying goal coming at 6:51 of the second period. From that point, however, it was almost all SDSU for the remainder of the match.
Pezzolla restored the Aztecs lead with 5:11 left in the second stanza and further goals by her and Meaghan Poland put San Diego State on top by a 6-3 margin at the half.
The opening half of the third period was a defensive battle before Sarah Brady converted a five-meter penalty shot at the 4:24 mark after Marist goalie Kaitlyn Gary committed a foul on the rebound of a shot that came off the cross bar. Ford then notched her second goal of the afternoon on a power play with 16 second left in the period to extend SDSU's advantage to 8-3 at the end of three.
The Aztecs went on scored six more times in the fourth quarter before their streak of consecutive goals ended. Alana Burgess opened the period with a goal 30 second in and SDSU added another just half a minute later when Meghann Pedersen tallied on a no-look shot with her back to the goal to make the score line 10-3.
Keach added a pair of penalty shots and Courtney Muller finished the run with a goal that came with 2:50 remaining in the contest to give the Aztecs a 13-3 lead.
After Marist's Kirsten Siegel scored on a power play with just over two minutes left, Kim Lewis netted half a minute later to conclude the Aztecs' scoring. Jaclyn Puccino added a late consolation goal for the Red Foxes.
SDSU goalkeeper Kelly Carmoli recorded 10 saves while Gary had five for the visitors.