Women's Soccer Nears Conclusion Of Spring Season

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team is nearing the conclusion of its 2007 spring season.

On Thursday night, April 12, the Spartans came from behind and played to a 2-2 tie through 90 minutes of regulation against South Bay rival Santa Clara University at Santa Clara’s Buck Shaw Stadium. The teams decided to play on for a 15-minute overtime session, with the host Broncos finding the goal that gave them a 3-2 victory.

Regulation was played with three 30-minute periods. The game remained scoreless through the first 30-minute portion. Santa Clara got on the board first in the second period, before the Spartans equalized late on a converted penalty kick by Kristin Krale. Jessica Scott had played a perfect through ball into the Santa Clara penalty box, to teammate Liz Behlen, who was fouled to earn the resulting penalty kick.

After the Broncos regained a one-goal advantage in the third and final regulation period, Heidi Romswinckel-Guise tied it up a second time with an unassisted goal from 30 yards out on the right side. Her left-footed chip shot, coming with about seven minutes to go, went over the opposing goalkeeper’s reach.

Marissa Dayton was in goal for the first and third periods, as well as the 15-minute overtime. Kelsea Scott manned the net for the Spartans in the second 30-minute frame.

“We played very well,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “The best part was the defense. We were really organized and stayed behind the ball. We told our outside midfielders to hold and not meet their outside backs, and it resulted in some turnovers for us. We attacked well, switched the game in the middle third, played two-touch in the middle third and had good movement. But it all came from our good defensive play.”

On Sunday, April 15, San Jose State returned to Spartan Field for a pair of games. The Spartans first defeated Humboldt State University, 1-0, with the lone goal coming from Liz Behlen in the second of three 30-minute periods. Behlen’s goal came on a right-footed shot from 25 yards out. Dayton played the first and third periods, while Scott appeared in the second to combine on the shutout.

Later in the afternoon, the Spartans blanked the San Francisco Nighthawks, an amateur member of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), by the identical score of 1-0. Nicole Irwin tallied the game-winner with nearly 20 minutes remaining in the second of two 40-minute halves. It was a great build-up goal, with the Spartans stringing together four consecutive one-touch passes before Irwin became the fifth player to get a hold of it. The final pass came from Roxy Kamal. Scott played the first half in goal, with Dayton taking over for the second.

San Jose State’s last spring contest was also played at Spartan Field, on Saturday, April 21. The Spartans took on Sonoma State University for three 30-minute periods, with Scott playing all three in the absence of Dayton through injury. The teams played to a 2-2 tie as San Jose State rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

The Seawolves scored single goals in each of the first two periods. In the third and final frame, the Spartans struck for back-to-back goals in quick succession, with about 10 minutes remaining. Krale scored the first one off another penalty kick, this time after a foul on Hallsie Pacheco following a cross into the penalty box. The second goal came largely due to a solid individual effort by Jennifer Guadagnolo, who gathered the ball in her own defensive third of the field, beat four or five defenders on the dribble, and carried all the way toward the opposing goalline before crossing back toward the center of the penalty box, with Romswinckel-Guise there for the finish. Guadagnolo also had a diving header later in the contest that went narrowly over the crossbar.

“It was a decent spring,” remarked Siracusa. “It was a hard spring because we had quite a few contact injuries, but everybody got a chance to play. Our soccer went from OK to pretty good. Several things that we tried to work on this spring were accomplished. Some of those things were funneling in midfield and double-teaming on the wings defensively. On the attack, we worked on getting the ball to the goalline and hitting balls backward into the penalty box. Our best game of the spring was against Santa Clara.”

2007 Spring Results
San Jose State 0, vs. California 3 (3/3)
San Jose State 0, vs. California Storm 2 (3/3)
San Jose State 2, at Santa Clara 3 OT (4/12)
San Jose State 1, vs. Humboldt State 0 (4/15)
San Jose State 1, vs. San Francisco Nighthawks 0 (4/15)
San Jose State 2, vs. Sonoma State 2 (4/21)