Sacramento, Calif. - San Jose State University lost a 2-0 decision to Sacramento State in non-conference women’s soccer action at Hornet Field on Friday, September 7.
With the defeat, San Jose State drops to 0-2-1 on the year. Sacramento State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, improves to 2-0 overall. The Spartans are now 5-6-2 all-time against the Hornets.
The teams played a relatively even first half without a goal being produced, with the home side maintaining an advantage in scoring opportunities. The Hornets out-shot the Spartans for the period, 10-4, and earned three corner kicks to none by San Jose State. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Marissa Dayton played a large part in keeping Sacramento State scoreless, gaining credit for a trio of saves, including two on shots from close range late in the half.
The two best Spartan chances came on free kicks by senior tri-captains Jackie Zabek and Heidi Romswinckel-Guise, both of which went just wide of the Hornet goal, with the former following a foul on junior midfielder Jennifer Guadagnolo after a nice run up the middle of the field.
Sacramento State finally broke the deadlock at the 51:52 mark as senior forward Katie McCoy put a cross into the penalty box from the right side for Katelin Hopping to head in for her first collegiate goal. McCoy then upped the advantage to 2-0 at 60:29, finding herself one-on-one with Dayton before chipping a shot over her and into the back of the net for her team-leading third goal of 2007.
Hopping, a sophomore, had a game-high four shots for the Hornets, with two of them on goal. Zabek and sophomore Roxy Kamal had two shots apiece for the Spartans, each with one on goal. As a team, Sacramento State held a final shot advantage of 18-7.
Dayton finished the match with seven saves, while sophomore Sacramento State goalie Mandy Trojan made four stops for her second straight individual shutout to begin the 2007 campaign.
In the absence of Jessica Scott, Romswinckel-Guise earned her first start of the season at forward alongside junior Liz Behlen. Katie Bonadies, a 2006 Spartan redshirt, made her collegiate debut as a halftime substitute. Another 2006 redshirt, Brittany Boehm, made her second collegiate appearance and first at center back for the final 10 minutes of the match in place of senior tri-captain Kristin Krale, who moved up into the midfield.
Following its only match this week, San Jose State continues a stretch next weekend of five of six games away from home. The Spartans will travel by bus to Flagstaff, Ariz., on Thursday, September 13, to take on Northern Arizona University the following night and Southern Utah University on Sunday, September 16.
San Jose State (0-2-1) - 0 0 - 0
Sacramento State (2-0) - 0 2 - 2
SAC - Katelin Hopping (1) (Katie McCoy), 51:52
SAC - Katie McCoy (3) (unassisted), 60:29
SJSU - 7
SAC - 18
SJSU - 7 (Marissa Dayton-7)
SAC - 4 (Mandy Trojan-4)
SJSU - 0
SAC - 5
SJSU - 12
SAC - 9