The host Mustangs got goals from four different players, as well as a first-half own goal. Cal Poly jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead, opening the scoring through a Leah Morales goal at 27:29 off a cross from the left by Heidi McQuitty. The advantage was doubled following an own goal at 33:37, as sophomore Mustang forward Ashley Vallis’ shot glanced off sophomore Spartan defender Kaila Waitley’s leg and into the net.
Cal Poly put the result out of doubt with two goals within a span of 3:16 early in the second half. Vallis tallied her team-leading third goal of the year on a breakaway at 55:12, before McQuitty made it 4-0 at 58:28. Kelsey Carroll and Carrie Andrews assisted on the two goals, respectively. Melissa Woo closed out the scoring with an 84th-minute goal off a direct kick, assisted by Jessica Rodriguez.
Redshirt freshman Marissa Dayton made a pair of second-half saves in goal for San Jose State. Alli Tramel and Coral Hoover combined on the shutout for Cal Poly, with Tramel making four stops over the first 70 minutes of action before giving way to her freshman teammate.
Junior SJSU midfielder Nicole Irwin led all players with three shots in the match, although the Spartans as a team were outshot by the Mustangs, 16-8.
“I don’t think the score was very indicative of how the game went,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “(Cal Poly) had three set-piece goals and an own goal. The first half was pretty even. We played well. Down 2-0 at halftime, we were still totally in (the game). We didn’t hang our hands and played hard at the end. Cal Poly was fast. They were faster than us. We got stretched (on defense) trying to get goals (in the second half).”
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 0-1-1. Cal Poly, coming off a 2-1 overtime upset at home over No. 20 Pepperdine, improves to 2-1 on the young season.
San Jose State continues a season-long four-game road stretch to open the 2006 campaign this Sunday, September 3. The Spartans make the shorter trip north to the University of San Francisco for a 1:00 p.m. match-up with the area rival Dons at Negoesco Stadium.
“We want to put this game behind us as fast as possible, and get out and play,” added Siracusa.
San Jose State (0-1-1) - 0 0 - 0
Cal Poly (2-1) - 2 3 - 5
CP - Leah Morales (Heidi McQuitty), 27:29
CP - Own goal, 33:37
CP - Ashley Vallis (Kelsey Carroll), 55:12
CP - Heidi McQuitty (Carrie Andrews), 58:28
CP - Melissa Woo (Jessica Rodriguez), 83:20
SJSU - 8
CP - 16
SJSU - 3 (Marissa Dayton-2; Team-1)
CP - 4 (Alli Tramel-4; Coral Hoover-0)
SJSU - 1
CP - 4
SJSU - 10
CP - 14