Women's soccer comeback falls short in overtime loss at UC Davis

Davis, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team stormed back from a 2-0 halftime deficit, only to fall victim to an unfortunate overtime own goal in a 3-2 non-conference defeat to UC Davis at Aggie Soccer Stadium on Wednesday, September 6.

The host Aggies jumped ahead early, as senior defender Heather Finlayson, seeing her first action of 2006, scored at 2:39 off a corner kick by teammate Julia Gamlen. Gamlen then scored unassisted at 17:22 to up the UC Davis advantage, shooting from 20 yards out and into the left corner of the goal.

San Jose State pulled one back at the 60:47 mark, as sophomore Lauren Moniz produced the first goal of her college career. Senior tri-captain Cristin Murphy crossed from the right for her second assist of the season after beating several Aggie defenders down the sideline, with Moniz putting her shot into the back of the net.

LATE GUADAGNOLO GOAL TIES IT UP

With just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Spartans found their equalizer. Murphy stole the ball and again brought it down the right flank before hitting a cross in. The defensive clearance fell to junior Kristin Krale, who in turn passed to sophomore Jennifer Guadagnolo. Guadagnolo’s first-time, bending blast from 30 yards out, found the upper left corner of the UC Davis goal at 82:23, setting up the overtime.

Early in the first of a potential two 10-minute sudden-victory extra periods, UC Davis senior Katie Snyder took a free kick from near the center circle into the SJSU penalty area. Sophomore Spartan defender Brittny Beshore went to head it away, but the ball glanced just out of the reach of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsea Scott, who had come out to meet the free kick, and into the goal, ending the game at 93:44.

Scott, making her first collegiate appearance and start, had a pair of saves. Junior Megan Dawes stopped three shots for UC Davis. The home team outshot the Spartans, 13-10.

With the defeat, the Spartans conclude their four-game road stretch to begin the season at 0-3-1. UC Davis improves to 2-1 with its first win over San Jose State in three tries since 2004. The loss also snapped a three-match unbeaten streak in overtime games for SJSU, dating back to a 2-1 loss in its 2005 Western Athletic Conference opener at Boise State, which also ended on an own goal early in the first overtime period.

Pleased with his team’s second-half effort, San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa remarked, “We came alive. We were passing better and attacking more. We were in (the UC Davis) half of the park for most of the time. The girls did a great job (to come back). We played to our potential. It was really good soccer.”

HOME OPENER THIS FRIDAY AT SPARTAN FIELD 

The Spartans finally kick off the home portion of their 2006 schedule this Friday, September 8. San Jose State will host the Bengals of Idaho State University at 5:00 p.m. on Spartan Field. The match will mark the first meeting between the teams, and also the start of a season-long three-game homestand for SJSU.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (0-3-1) - 0 2 0 - 2
UC Davis (2-1) - 2 0 1 - 3

Scoring
UCD - Heather Finlayson (1) (Julia Gamlen), 2:39
UCD - Julia Gamlen (unassisted), 17:22
SJSU - Lauren Moniz (1) (Cristin Murphy), 60:47
SJSU - Jennifer Guadagnolo (1) (Kristin Krale), 82:23
UCD - Own goal (unassisted), 93:44

Shots
SJSU - 10
UCD - 13

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 2 (Kelsea Scott-2)
UCD - 3 (Megan Daws-3)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 2
UCD - 7

Fouls
SJSU - 16
UCD - 23