Spartans lose 5-0 at No. 14 Stanford in women's soccer

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Stanford, Calif.-The San Jose State University women's soccer team lost by the final score of 5-0 at 14th-ranked Stanford in a non-conference contest at Maloney Field on Friday, September 2.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 0-4 on the season, while Stanford notched its first win of the year in its home opener to improve to 1-1. The Cardinal remained undefeated all-time against San Jose State at 4-0.

With the game appearing as though it might head into the break in a scoreless tie, Stanford senior Leah Tapscott took a pass from Lindsey Hunt near midfield, broke down the right wing, and hit a low shot to the near post which found the back of the net in the 40th minute. Following the interval, junior Shari Summers scored on a powerful freekick at 51:28 and senior Martha West converted a penalty kick at 61:38, to put it out of reach for the visitors. Austinn Freeman headed in a right-sided cross by Hillary Heath in the 73rd minute and Lizzy George put in a left-sided cross by West in the 82nd minute to round out the scoring.

Tri-captain Adrienne Herbst started in goal for San Jose State and recorded three saves before giving way to fellow senior Erin Lavey in the 73rd minute. Lavey stopped one shot, and allowed the final Stanford goal. Freshman starter Alex Gamble (three saves) and sophomore Erica Holland (one save) combined on the shutout for Stanford.

The home side finished with a 14-6 edge in shots taken and a 9-0 edge in corner kicks.

Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa remained optimistic in the face of a fourth straight defeat to open the 2005 campaign, all of which have come with up to nine Spartan underclassmen on the field for a significant amount of time and three of which have come on the road, including this latest setback at highly-ranked Stanford.

“I thought we played well,” he said. “We broke the game into 15-minute increments, and we were almost even at the half. We just had a slight breakdown (which led to the first goal), and then we let down in the second half. It was a nice game to watch. An attractive game. They are a top-20 team and we are not. Now we're just looking to get that first (win) on Sunday (in Riverside).”

The Spartans hit the road Saturday morning for Riverside, Calif., where they will conclude a season-long four-game road swing Sunday afternoon with another non-conference game against UC Riverside, at 1:00 p.m. San Jose State returns home to begin a season-long four-game homestand next Friday, September 9, hosting Cal Poly at 4:00 p.m. at Spartan Field.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (0-4) 0 0 0
Stanford (1-1) 1 4 5

Scoring
STAN - Tapscott (Hunt), 39:23
STAN - Summers (Unassisted), 51:28
STAN - West (Penalty Kick), 61:38
STAN - Freeman (Heath), 72:38
STAN - George (West), 81:34

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 4 (Herbst-3; Lavey-1)
STAN - 4 (Gamble-3; Holland-1)

Shots
SJSU - 6
STAN - 14

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 0
STAN - 9

Fouls
SJSU - 8
STAN - 13