Women's soccer loses at USF, 3-1

San Francisco, Calif. - Fiona O’Sulivan’s three-goal hat trick gave the host Dons of the University of San Francisco a 3-1 victory over San Jose State University in non-conference women’s soccer action at Negoesco Stadium on Sunday, September 3.

O’Sullivan, a junior forward, broke a 295-minute scoreless streak for the Dons at 25:32, heading in a Lauren Tweet throw-in from the right side of the field, just inside the far post. She then doubled the USF advantage heading into the halftime break, with a right-footed strike from outside the penalty box that found the left corner of the net at 33:36.

In the 57th minute, a Samantha Brand shot was deflected by a Spartan defender, and O’Sullivan pounced on the loose ball, placing her shot just past the reach of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marissa Dayton for a 3-0 lead.

San Jose State got on the board just minutes later, as preseason All-Western Athletic Conference selection Jessica Scott opened her 2006 scoring account in the 61st minute. Senior tri-captain Cristin Murphy hit a low cross from the right flank toward the goal-line, where Liz Behlen turned the ball back toward the top of the penalty box. Scott struck a first-time shot into the left corner.

The Spartans almost got to within one at the very end of the contest, with Behlen’s lofted shot from the left side getting saved off the goal-line, and Murphy’s follow-up hitting the back of the net only after time had expired.

San Jose State also had saves off their own goal-line in the game, with Heather Oranje clearing two balls off her line, one in each half, as well as Brittny Beshore in the second half.

Dayton finished with six saves, as did her USF counterpart, Kelly Pohle. The Spartans were outshot on the afternoon, 19-13, with Nicole Irwin registering a team-high three shots. The physical match featured a total of four yellow cards, two to either side, and a combined 36 fouls.

“We fought hard until the end, but we haven’t played to our abilities yet,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa following the conclusion. “Against Cal Poly (on Friday night), we lost the battle. We played well, but lost the battle. Today, we didn’t play good soccer, and the battle was even. There are two things that you have to do to win. One is play good soccer, and two is win the battles. We didn’t do that.”

The defeat drops the Spartans’ record to 0-2-1. San Francisco’s first win of 2006 improves its mark to 1-3.

San Jose State concludes a season-long four-game road stretch to open the 2006 campaign on Wednesday, September 6, as the Spartans travel to Davis, Calif., to take on the UC Davis Aggies at 4:00 p.m.

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

USF - Fiona O’Sullivan (1) (Lauren Tweet), 25:32
USF - Fiona O’Sullivan (2) (unassisted), 33:36
USF - Fiona O’Sullivan (3) (Samantha Brand), 56:31
SJSU - Jessica Scott (1) (Liz Behlen, Cristin Murphy), 60:06

SJSU - 13
USF - 19

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 7 (Marissa Dayton-6; Team-1)
USF - 6 (Kelly Poehle-6)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 6
USF - 5

SJSU - 15
USF - 21