Women's soccer falls to No. 21 Cal Poly, 4-1

Freshman Jessica Scott tallied
her first collegiate goal in the
loss to Cal Poly, September 9.
(Photo by Damon Tarver)
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San Jose, Calif. - The 21st-ranked Cal Poly women’s soccer team scored twice within a three-minute span late in the first half to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead, and went on to defeat host San Jose State, 4-1, in non-conference action at Spartan Field on Friday, September 9.

For the third time this season, the Spartans were the first to get on the board, only to be unable to hold the advantage. Just over 12 minutes into the game, Liz Behlen picked up a loose ball and put it into the penalty box for fellow freshman Jessica Scott to shoot around the Mustang goalkeeper for her first collegiate goal.

Three-time defending Big West Conference champion Cal Poly, which entered the national poll at No. 21 just this last week, equalized at 35:30 when senior Becky Clark scored her third goal of 2005. The Mustangs made it 2-1 just 2:44 later when junior Kelsey Carrolll found the back of the net. Both goals came from headers off crosses from the right side by junior Sharon Day.

Freshman Ashley Vallis produced a goal and an assist, with sophomore Linae Young also entering the scoring column, after the break for the 4-1 final.

Senior Adrienne Herbst played all 90 minutes and made six saves in goal for the home side. Senior Liz Hill started and made two stops for Cal Poly before giving way to sophomore Alli Tramel for the final 14 minutes. Tramel also wound up with a pair of saves.

"That's the No. 21 team in the country and I think we played well," said Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa. "I'm excited about how we are playing. We've got a number of talented freshmen, our midfield was strong today, and we attacked well. We just need to fix some problems in the back. This team will be seasoned and ready when the (Western Athletic Conference) begins."

The defeat puts San Jose State’s record at 0-6, while Cal Poly remains undefeated at 4-0-1.

San Jose State next hosts Pacific this Sunday, September 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Spartan Field.

SCORING SUMMARY
Cal Poly (4-0-1) - 2 2 4
San Jose State (0-6) - 1 0 1

Scoring
SJSU – Scott (Behlen), 12:04
CP – Clark (Day), 35:30
CP – Carroll (Day), 38:14
CP – Vallis (Heidi McQuitty), 65:22
CP – Young (Vallis), 71:08

Shots
CP - 17
SJSU - 11

Goalkeeper Saves
CP - 4 (Hill-2; Tramel-2)
SJSU - 6 (Herbst-6)

Corner Kicks
CP - 4
SJSU - 3

Fouls
CP - 8
SJSU - 13