Women's Soccer Earns Second Tie In A Row

San Jose, Calif. For the second match in a row the San Jose State women’s soccer team played 110 minutes, today versus the Seattle University Redhawks, and for the second match in a row it ended as it began, 0-0.

The tie leaves San Jose State with a 0-2-2 record on the season.  Seattle is now 1-1-2 overall.

The Spartans had their first scoring chance in the 14th minute, when freshman Shanelle Furner placed a corner kick to the far post that forward Emmy Belding put into the net, but the goal was disallowed on an infraction in the penalty box. 

Seattle’s best chance came at 17:42 in the in the first half.  Midfielder Kassandra Riozzi ripped a shot that freshman goalkeeper Jordan-Michelle Santos tipped over the top of the goal.  Santos finished with five saves and earned her second shutout in just her fourth collegiate match.

In the 74th minute, Furner had an opportunity to give the Spartans the lead, but her shot bounced off the crossbar. 

The last chance to break the 0-0 tie belonged to the Spartans.  In the 110th minute, freshman Lauren Sanchez took a cross from midfielder Katie Bonadies at the near post and headed the ball just right of the net.

Offensively the Spartans were led by Jenny Guadagnolo with two shots, one on goal.  Jessica Ingram and Angela Santoro each took a shot that was on goal.  Furner and Stephanie Righetti had two shots each and Katie Bonadies and Lauren Sanchez each took a shot.

For the Redhawks, Riozzi had three shots on goal in five attempts and Jamie Coe took three shots with two on goal.

“I thought we did well in the first half,” said head coach Jeff Leightman.  “We created several opportunities, but we were looking for that perfect shot instead of letting one rip from 25 yards out and testing their keeper. As a group we played well.  We were organized and disciplined.  We just needed to be a little sharper and faster in the attack.”
 
“We started to connect better in this game than we had in our first three,” added Leightman.  “We moved the ball fairly well, but we still need to find more width and get more penetrating balls from our outside midfielders rather than playing up the middle, where we are too direct and vertical.

“Overall, we are starting to create some good attacks, but we need to keep our intensity for the full 90 minutes.  We started nine freshmen today and we are getting better as we go.  We just have to keep this momentum going and not slow down.”

San Jose State returns to action next week as they travel to UC Riverside on Sunday, September 7 to take on the Highlanders at 1:00 p.m. at UCR Soccer Stadium. 


SCORING SUMMARY

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

Scoring
None

Shots
SU 18
SJSU 10

Goalkeeper Saves

SU 3 (Madison Goverde 3)
SJSU 5 (Jordan-Michelle Santos 5)

Corner Kicks
SU 4
SJSU 5

Fouls
SU 6
SJSU - 9