Spartans Outshoot Cal Poly At Home

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Senior Lauren Sanchez led eight Spartans who fired at least one shot Friday with four attempts of her own, as the San Jose State women’s soccer team fell, 2-0, to Cal Poly in Spartan Stadium.
Sanchez had one of the team’s two shots on goal Friday night as the Spartans (0-4) outshot the Mustangs (3-2), 14-9. Cal Poly pressured the opposing goalkeeper more, though, putting six of its nine shots on goal compared to two of the Spartans’ 14. San Jose State held a 10-6 shot advantage in the second half.
“We were creative, we played well, we moved the ball,” San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman said. “I thought, quite frankly, we had a hold of the match the entire match.”
The Mustangs’ goals were nearly identical, with one coming in the first half and the other coming in the 81st minute. After over 35 minutes of scoreless play, Cal Poly’s Cici Kobinski received a through pass about 30 yards out from Kacey Held. She dribbled alone into the goalkeeper box and faced SJSU ‘keeper Meghan Maiwald one-on-one, winning the battle with a shot above Maiwald’s reach to give her team a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.
San Jose State had several close scoring chances in the second half, including one shot that missed by a matter of inches. The Spartans found the ball in front of Cal Poly’s goal at the 64-minute mark. Maria Esquivias gave a backwards touch pass to Megan Molina with a roll of her foot and Molina fired the ball from about 15 yards away. The ball sailed directly over the crossbar, missing tying the score at 1-1 by about 12 inches.
“We actually played really well,” senior midfielder Lauren Sanchez said. “We started connecting as a team and really working together, so Sunday we’re looking to carry that forward and put some goals in.”
Cal Poly almost had its second goal of the game 15 minutes before it was actually scored, but Jenny Haggarty hit the crossbar after squaring up her shot inside the box and trying to lob it over the charging Maiwald. In the 80th minute, Sara Lancaster would finish the job with another pass reception from about 30 yards out, this time from Leslie Barkmann, and put the ball in top-right to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
Maiwald finished with four saves, bringing her season total to 21. Cal Poly goalkeeper Brooke Gauvin had two stops in goal.
The Spartans face Northern California foe UC Davis at 7 p.m. Sunday in Spartan Stadium for the final game of their two-game homestand before heading out on the road to Cal State Bakersfield Sept. 9.
Scores By Period 1 2 F Cal Poly 1 1 2 SJSU 0 0 0
Cal Poly -- Cici Kobinski (Kacey Held), 35:23 Cal Poly -- Sara Lancaster (Leslie Barkmann), 80:45
Shots Cal Poly (3-2) -- 9 San Jose State (0-4) -- 14
Corner Kicks Cal Poly (3-2) -- 3 San Jose State (0-4) -- 2
Saves Brooke Gauvin (CP) -- 2 Meghan Maiwald (SJSU) -- 4