San Francisco, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's soccer team notched its first goal of 2009, had two other shots cleared off the line, and one final opportunity to knot the score with three ticks left, but ultimately suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Fairfield University in the opening game of the University of San Francisco odwalla Nike Classic at Negoesco Stadium on Friday night, September 4.
With the result, the Spartans are left searching for their first win of the year at 0-3. Fairfield, the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament champions and NCAA post-season participant from a year ago, earn their first victory of the season to improve to 1-2.
Fourth-year senior Hallsie Pacheco produced her first collegiate goal, marking the first Spartan score of 2009, to halve the deficit with just 1:45 remaining in regulation. Junior teammate Lauren Ng-Pinkerton received a pass from Roxy Kamal and sent a cross in from the left wing that Stag goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau misjudged. The ball bounced in front of her, over her, off the far post, and back into the center of the goal mouth, where Pacheco was first to it to shoot into the open net.
San Jose State pressed forward for the equalizer. As time was winding down, sophomore center back Jessica Ingram lifted a ball toward the Fairfield penalty area, where Kamal flicked it on toward goal. Junior forward Katie Knopp ran onto the pass, and with just three ticks showing on the scoreboard clock, took a hard shot, but right at Boudreau for the save.
The Fairfield goals had both come after the intermission, at the 66:06 and 83:32 marks. Lauren Reilly met Kasey Schulz's left-sided cross with a flicked header near the penalty spot, with the ball finding the far corner for a 1-0 Stag edge. With six and a half minutes to go, Fairfield added some cushion when Ingram was judged to have fouled Stag forward Jasmin Corniel in the box. Chrissie Sidie converted the ensuing penalty kick.
A scoreless first half featured a pair of goal-line defensive clearances, one from each side. Fairfield had the game's first real opportunity to score, in the 14th minute. Casey Frobey reached a deep pass from the right flank ahead of charging Spartan goalkeeper Danielle Anderson, and flicked her header over the junior and toward the empty net, but Ingram was in the perfect position to clear it off the line and keep the game scoreless.
Thirteen minutes later, a corner kick by Spartan sophomore Shanelle Furner found the foot of Emmy Belding on the far post. The senior striker's hard shot seemed to be directed toward the upper corner on the opposite side, only to be cleared away by a Stag defender.
Thirty minutes in, Adrienne Boyer's corner kick for Fairfield was headed toward goal by teammate Rachel Madasci, but Anderson was up to the task, catching the attempt.
Kamal almost broke the silence as halftime neared, at 38:58. Belding retrieved the ball on the right wing, cut her defender to the inside and gave a short pass on the ground to her senior teammate, whose shot went wide to the left.
In the 45th minute, Shannon Righetti's deep pass from right to left reached fellow freshman Laura Hill, but her first collegiate shot went into the side netting.
With the score 2-0, Righetti took a shot at 84:03 that was also cleared off the goal-line, this time by Allison Walsh. Earlier in the second half, Anderson made a great tip save, out to a corner kick, on a strong shot from distance by Nicole Cavallaro, momentarily preserving the tie score.
Making her major college debut in the Spartan goal in place of the injured Nina Butera, Anderson made six stops. The junior is a transfer from Ohlone College.
San Jose State out-shot its opponent for the first time in 2009, 13-11, including 8-4 over the first 45 minutes. Frobey had game highs of three shots, all on goal, for Fairfield, while Boudreau wound up with seven saves.
San Jose State meets another East Coast foe in Long Island University (3-0) at Negoesco Stadium on the final day of the USF odwalla Nike Classic on Sunday, September 6, at 1:30 p.m. The Blackbirds were 2-0 shutout victors over the host Dons in Friday's second match.
Fairfield (1-2) - 0 2 - 2
San Jose State (0-3) - 0 1 - 1
FFD - Lauren Reilly (1) (Kasey Schulz), 66:16
FFD - Chrissie Sidie (1) (penalty kick), 83:35
SJSU - Hallsie Pacheco (1) (Lauren Ng-Pinkerton), 88:15
FFD - 11
SJSU - 13
FFD - 9 (Kelly Boudreau-7; Team-2)
SJSU - 7 (Danielle Anderson-6; Team-1)
FFD - 7
SJSU - 2
FFD - 10
SJSU - 15