At the inaugural event featuring six teams in games with 25-minute halves, held at Stanford’s Maloney Field, the Spartans began the day with a 1-1 tie against South Bay rival Santa Clara University. Jessica Scott scored the opener on a trademark shot from distance in the second half.
San Jose State was unable to prevent the equalizer in the end, however, as the Broncos found the back of the net with less than 10 minutes remaining. Kelsea Scott A> made three point-blank saves following a corner kick, before Santa Clara finally snuck the rebound by her for the 1-1 scoreline. Marissa Dayton, like Kelsea Scott a 2005 redshirt, played the first 25 minutes in goal for the Spartans.
In game two, San Jose State fell to the Golden Bears of California, 2-0, with both goals coming prior to halftime. Scott played the first 25 minutes while Dayton took over after the break in the Spartan net.
In their final game of the day, the Spartans dropped a 2-0 decision to the California Storm, an amateur member of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), again with both goals coming in the first half. Dayton played all 50 minutes in the SJSU goal.
Money raised through the tournament benefited Stanford University Breast Cancer Research, the Community Breast Health Project and the Claudia Mayer Foundation.
“We played with one of the top programs in the country (in Santa Clara),” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “We played with confidence all day. We looked a million times better than we did in the fall against Santa Clara (a 2-1 loss). Same players, but better.
“If there’s any critique, when we play as well as we did against Santa Clara, it is frustrating when we can’t play that way all the time. We need to be more consistent, but I can tell that these girls expect more from themselves, and that’s a good sign.”
Prior to the event at Stanford, the Spartans had lost to Notre Dame de Namur University by the final score of 1-0 in a regulation 90-minute game at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose on Saturday, April 15. San Jose State went 2-4-2 in eight spring games.
The Spartan women’s soccer team, which spent the afternoon of Thursday, April 27, playing kickball, with the older players defeating the younger ones, concludes their spring training on Saturday, April 29.
Spring 2006 Results
San Jose State 0, California 4 (3/19)
San Jose State 1, California Storm 0 (3/19)
San Jose State 2, Sonoma State 0 (4/8)
San Jose State 1, San Francisco 1 (4/8)
San Jose State 0, Notre Dame de Namur 1 (4/15)
San Jose State 1, Santa Clara 1 (4/22)
San Jose State 0, California 2 (4/22)
San Jose State 0, California Storm 2 (4/22)