San Francisco, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's soccer team allowed a pair of headed goals within five and a half minutes of each other midway through the second half, and suffered a 2-0 defeat to Long Island University in the final match of the University of San Francisco odwalla Nike Classic at Negoesco Stadium on Sunday afternoon, September 6.
With the loss, the Spartans move their record to 0-4. Long Island, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Northeast Conference, win the tournament and improve to a perfect 4-0.
The Spartans' best chance to find a goal during a scoreless first half came early, in the fifth minute. Senior striker Emmy Belding received a through ball on the right diagonal and hit a low shot to the opposite corner that freshman Blackbird goalkeeper Jennifer Bannon got her fingertips to as she dove to her right, to push the ball off the left post and back into play. Bannon then got to the rebound quicker than Belding and pounced on it.
LIU had back-to-back opportunities midway through the period when Kayleigh Morgan's attempt was blocked away, and Nikki Labo's follow-up shot was saved by San Jose State goalkeeper Danielle Anderson to a corner kick.
San Jose State upped the pressure offensively to begin the second half. A minute and a half in, a foul gained Roxy Kamal a free kick from about 25 yards out. The senior striker, who earned her first start of the season, knocked her shot off the crossbar and out. Seconds later, Belding's attempt hit the netting on the right side. The Spartans also earned a pair of corner kicks within the first five minutes of the period.
In the 51st minute, freshman forward Kelsey Lord got put one-on-one with Bannon, but her shot was saved to keep it a 0-0 game. Two minutes later, Kamal cross from the left and Belding's header wound up in Bannon's clutches.
Long Island then produced its two goals in quick succession. Ariana Calderon first got her head to a free kick by Brittany Schandelmayer and perfectly placed it into the opposite corner from the right side of the penalty box, at 61:05.
Just over five minutes later, Aly Hanson was alone in the middle of the area to head in a right-sided cross from Lara Martinez.
The Spartans had several opportunities to get on the board during the remainder of the contest, but were turned away each time. Kamal had a shot saved by Bannon that stayed in the goal mouth and was just barely cleared away in time before the ball could be tapped into the net.
Anderson, in just her second major college start in place of Nina Butera, finished with five saves. Bannon, the reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Week, came up with four stops.
San Jose State out-shot LIU, 18-13, including 13-4 after halftime, and had nine corner kicks to six by the Blackbirds.
Hallsie Pacheco and Michelle Haughey were the two Spartan representatives on the All-Tournament Team.
San Jose State concludes a season-long four-game road stretch with two more East Coast foes next weekend. The Spartans actually travel to the East Coast this time, first to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., on Friday, September 11, and then on to the nation's capital to take on Howard University two days later.
San Jose State (0-4) - 0 0 - 0
Long Island (4-0) - 0 2 - 2
LIU - Ariana Calderon (1) (Brittany Schandelmayer), 61:05
LIU - Aly Hanson (1) (Lara Martinez), 66:28
SJSU - 18
LIU - 13
SJSU - 5 (Danielle Anderson-5)
LIU - 4 (Jennifer Bannon-4; Team-1)
SJSU - 9
LIU - 6
SJSU - 8
LIU - 12