RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Senior Jessica Ingram scored Sunday in the final minutes of regulation to send the match to overtime, but the San Jose State women's soccer team found itself on the losing end of a 2-1 result for the third straight game, falling to UC Riverside.
Ingram notched the equalizer for the Spartans (0-3-0) with just seconds to go in regulation. She found the back of the net for the first time this season in the 88th minute after emerging from traffic with the ball and firing a shot past Highlanders goalkeeper Jessica Olafsen for the 1-1 score.
"We dominated the entire second half," said San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman. "We came out in the second half and took possession of the ball. What we were missing was the final piece. In the first half they outshot us, but they didn't outplay us."
The action got going immediately in the second overtime after a scoreless first bonus frame. Maria Esquivias looked to end things 11 seconds in, but her shot went wide. Just under three minutes later, UC Riverside's Kayde Hensley took matters into her own hands, lobbing a high ball from 35 feet out and finding net for the game winner. Hensley had intercepted a pass from the Spartans, who were trying to clear the ball from the area. The Highlanders had served the ball into the box off a free kick following a foul called against SJSU.
UC Riverside (2-1-1) took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Lindsey Ahmed corralled a long ball from Kristy Adcock and put it in for the advantage in the 20th minute. Adcock's pass came from deep inside San Jose State territory.
Spartans goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald made seven saves as UC Riverside outshot SJSU, 13-7. Olafsen finished with two saves. Sanchez and freshman Catherine Ruder were both named to the all-invitational team
The Spartans were playing in their second straight double-overtime game Sunday at the UC Riverside Invitational. They fell to No. 13 UC Irvine Friday in the tournament opener, 2-1, in double overtime. The team also suffered a defeat by the same 2-1 margin to No. 15 Santa Clara on Aug. 19 in the season opener.
The Spartans return home to Spartan Stadium Friday for a two-game homestand. Cal Poly visits Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff before UC Davis comes to San Jose for another 7 p.m. start Sunday.
"We need to solve the final piece," Leightman added. "Our effort was better today. We're a work in progress. We're not looking to peak in August. Some of the freshmen are really coming along and they're playing well."
Score by periods 1 2 OT1 OT2 Total
San Jose State 0 1 0 0 -- 1
UC Riverside 1 0 0 1 -- 2
UC Riverside (2-1-1): Lindsey Ahmed (Kristsy Adcock), 19:25
San Jose State (0-3): Jessica Ingram, 87:27
UC Riverside (2-1-1): Kayde Hensley, 101:08
San Jose State: 7
UC Riverside: 13
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU): 7
Jessica Olafsen (UCR): 2
San Jose State: 7
UC Riverside: 2