Amanda Hardeman notched the game winner for the Anteaters (3-0-0) in the 101st minute. The midfielder gathered the ball five yards outside the penalty area and fired a shot, which deflected off the crossbar and hit Spartans goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald in the back, rolling into the goal for the victory. It was Hardeman’s only shot of the game.
“We thought we were average in the first half, second half we competed a little better,” said San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman. “[UC Irvine] scored and we kind of woke up a bit. I think we started, the last 30 [minutes], to take things over a bit."
The Spartans lost to No. 15 Santa Clara by a score of 2-1 in their season opener. This year marks the second time in team history that San Jose State has faced two nationally-ranked teams in its first two games of the season. In 2008, San Jose State took on No. 22 Santa Clara and No. 17 California to kick things off.
Maiwald saw a lot of action Friday afternoon. UC Irvine outshot San Jose State (0-2-0), 27-8, and put 12 shots on goal. Maiwald made eight saves and the team made two more for 10 total in the match. Anteaters ‘keeper Jennifer Randazzo finished with four saves.
San Jose State’s goal came as an equalizer in the 78th minute after falling behind, 1-0, early in the second half. Freshman Catherine Ruder scored her first career goal on a give-and-go play with Sarah Fraser. The rookie passed to Fraser before getting the ball right back and finding the net from inside the box to tie the game at 1-1.
The Anteaters got on the board first in the 52nd minute after a scoreless first half. Natalia Ledezma took a pass from CoCo Goodson and was able to get around Maiwald in a one-on-one situation to score and give her team a 1-0 advantage.
“Give Irvine credit,” Leightman said. “They moved the ball very well. All the little details make all the difference. I think we showed in our last two games against top-15 teams that we can play at that level, but we need to do the little things.”
The Spartans will wrap up competition at the UC Riverside Invitational at 1 p.m. Sunday with a game against the tournament host Highlanders.
Score by periods 1 2 OT1 OT2 Total
San Jose State 0 1 0 0 -- 1
UC Irvine 0 1 0 1 -- 2
UC Irvine (3-0): Natalia Ledezma (CoCo Goodson), 51:21
San Jose State (0-2): Catherine Ruder (Sarah Fraser), 77:04
UC Irvine (3-0): Amanda Hardeman, 100:36
San Jose State: 8
UC Irvine: 27
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU): 8
Jennifer Randazzo (UCI): 4
San Jose State: 2
UC Irvine: 6