Women's Soccer Draws 3-3 With USF In Home Opener

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team overturned a pair of one-goal deficits in the second half, but had to settle for a thrilling double-overtime draw, 3-3, against the University of San Francisco in its 2007 home opener at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 2.

The draw puts the overall San Jose State mark at 0-1-1. USF, the Spartans’ second straight West Coast Conference opponent to start off the 2007 campaign, moves to 0-0-1 following its season opener.

On a considerably hot Northern California afternoon, the visiting Dons struck first on a perfectly-weighted shot from the left diagonal by junior Katherine Kimure at the 18:43 mark. Sophomore Kristina Hall had fed Kimure the ball down the left flank before the latter put her shot just over the reach of sophomore Spartan goalie Marissa Dayton toward the far post.

Having out-shot USF 7-5 in the opening frame, the Spartans equalized almost immediately after the restart, with senior tri-captain Heidi Romswinckel-Guise notching her first collegiate goal at 46:15. Junior defender Brittny Beshore passed the ball from the left side, with Romswinckel-Guise chesting the ball down, turning to face goal and cracking a 25-yard left-footed blast that USF goalie Katie Hodgson got her fingertips to but could not keep out.

The last half-hour of regulation featured a four-goal flurry within a span of 11:45. The Spartans pulled ahead at 2-1 in the 63rd minute on another long-distance effort, this time by Jackie Zabek, herself a senior tri-captain. Zabek took a pass from senior defender Kristin Krale and put her shot over Hodgson from about 20 yards out.

In the 71st minute, it was tied again, as senior USF forward Fiona O’Sullivan, who produced a three-goal hat trick in a 3-1 Don victory at home over SJSU in last year’s meeting, shot from just outside the penalty box on the right diagonal after taking a pass from sophomore Samantha Brand. The ball just eluded Dayton’s reach and found the back of the net.

San Francisco was back on top just 130 seconds later, as Brand dribbled toward the end line on the right side before making a short pass into the middle of the penalty area, where freshman Elizabeth Van Buskirk tapped home into the far netting for her first college goal and a 3-2 edge.

Within less than a minute, the contest was tied for a third time, as senior midfield substitute Tasha Van Dixhorn hit a perfect cross from the right side for sophomore Hallsie Pacheco, who was all alone on the left wing. Pacheco’s first touch put the ball just past a charging Hodgson, whose dive attempt was deemed a foul in the box and thus a penalty kick by the match official.

For the second time in as many games, Krale, the third Spartan tri-captain, stepped up and calmly slotted the ball into the net for a 3-3 deadlock with 16:05 remaining in regulation.

Both teams had chances to win it over the two 10-minute sudden-victory overtime periods, with USF holding a 4-1 shot advantage in the first frame and the Spartans a 6-1 cushion in the second. Zabek had a hard shot glance off the crossbar from a narrow angle in the 105th minute.

For the game, Dayton made eight saves while Hodgson, a junior, was credited with three stops. O’Sullivan produced a game-high six shots, with all six on goal, while Zabek and Romswinckel-Guise had five apiece to pace the Spartans. SJSU out-shot USF on the day, 24-18.

San Jose State will take the Labor Day holiday off from practice on Monday, September 3, resume training the following afternoon, and next head to Sacramento, Calif., early Friday, September 7, to take on the Sacramento State Hornets in a non-conference battle at 1:00 p.m.

San Francisco (0-0-1) - 1 2 0 0 - 3
San Jose State (0-1-1) - 0 3 0 0 - 3

USF - Katherine Kimure (1) (Kristina Hall), 18:43
SJSU - Heidi Romswinckel-Guise (1) (Brittny Beshore), 46:15
SJSU - Jackie Zabek (2) (Kristin Krale), 62:10
USF - Fiona O’Sullivan (1) (Samantha Brand), 70:47
USF - Elizabeth Van Buskirk (1) (Samantha Brand), 72:57
SJSU - Kristin Krale (2) (penalty kick), 73:55

USF - 18
SJSU - 24

Goalkeeper Saves
USF - 3 (Katie Hodgson-3)
SJSU - 8 (Marissa Dayton-8)

Corner Kicks
USF - 5
SJSU - 5

USF - 20
SJSU - 12