Knopp Scores But Spartans Fall to #9 Santa Clara

Santa Clara-Katie Knopp scored her first goal of the season and gave the San Jose State women's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute against Santa Clara Sunday afternoon. However, the ninth-ranked Broncos scored two goals in a three-minute span to win 2-1 in a non-conference match at Buck Shaw Stadium.

After neither team could find the goal for the first 74 minutes of the match, the three goals scored came in a 12-minute stretch. Knopp started the scoring with her first goal of the season at 74:30. The Spartans served a ball into the center of the field, and Knopp took a pass from Kayla Santacruz that she flicked to the far left corner.

The Spartans held a 1-0 lead over the Broncos for the next eight minutes before Santa Clara's Sarah Jackson scored at 82:47, as she sent the ball to the center of the net after an Anessa Patton header. The Broncos then scored the game-winner two minutes later as Patton put the ball in the net.

The first half found both teams feeling each other out. The two teams took just six shots in the period, four by Santa Clara and two by the Spartans.

"I was very pleased with our performance today," said Spartan head coach Jeff Leightman. "We were very organized and patient, especially in the first half. Everyone played and communicated well, and we were smart defensively, especially in the first half.

"Although we are disappointed in the results against a classy and well-coached team, I am not disappointed in our play on the field. If we keep getting better and improving in practice, we should have a nice year."

San Jose State opens the home portion of the schedule this Friday, August 27, with a non-conference match against Sacramento State. The match begins at 7 p.m., at Spartan Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., and tickets are available the day of the match. Live stats will also be available on www.sjsuspartans.com.

#9 Santa Clara 2 San Jose State 1

San Jose State (0-2) 0 1 -- 1

#9 Santa Clara (2-0) 0 2 -- 2

Scoring Summary

74:30 - SJSU - Katie Knopp (Kayla Sanatacruz, Shanelle Furner)

82:47 - SCU - Sarah Jackson (Anessa Patton)

85:49 - SCU - Anessa Patton (Julie Johnston, Lauren Matheson)

Shots : San Jose State 4, Santa Clara 15.

Saves: San Jose State 3 (Meghan Maiwald 3); Santa Clara 0.

Corner Kicks: San Jose State 2, Santa Clara 7

Fouls: San Jose State 17; Santa Clara 8.

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