Pacific outlasts women's soccer in overtime, 2-1

Nicole Martinez celebrated after
scoring San Jose State's
only goal late in the second
half. (Photo by Damon
Tarver)
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San Jose, Calif. - Junior Jennifer Smiley of the University of the Pacific scored off a direct free kick 1:36 into the second sudden-victory overtime period to give the visiting Tigers a 2-1 victory over San Jose State in non-conference women's soccer action September 11 at Spartan Field.

Nicole Martinez notched her first major college goal, on a header off a free kick from fellow junior Cynthia Pinkney, to even the score at 1-1 in the 80th minute and send the game into the extra periods.

Pacific earned the free kick from which it won the game, on a hand ball called just outside the penalty box, with Smiley finding the corner of the goal to senior goalkeeper Adrienne Herbst's right for her second goal of the season.

The Tigers took the initial lead in the 20th minute, when Carla Vellutini crossed from the left and fellow sophomore Mandi Van Dorn headed over Herbst for her team-best third goal of 2005.

Herbst, playing against her former team, finished with six saves, including a crucial penalty kick stop with just over 15 minutes left in regulation, to keep her team in the game and set the stage for Martinez's equalizer. Herbst dove to her right to parry junior Suzy Peterson's shot wide of the post.

Sophomore Jaime Souza started in goal for Pacific and made three saves over the first 45 minutes. Junior Laura Guerin played the rest of the way, stopping a pair of Spartan shots.

"We have to be perfect," said Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa following the contest. "We weren't perfect twice (on the two goals that were allowed). That was as good a game as we have played. When you haven't won, you look for all the positive things, and that is what we are doing. We played great, and we came from behind."

The game saw a rare first half in which zero fouls were called against either side.

"I thought the referee did a great job by letting us play," remarked Siracusa. "The free kick before the second goal was from an inadvertent hand ball, but the referee has to make that call."

San Jose State's record drops to 0-7 with the defeat, while Pacific improves to 4-1-1.

San Jose State hosts UC Davis in more non-conference action on Friday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

SCORING SUMMARY
Pacific (4-1-1) - 1 0 0 1 - 2
San Jose State (0-7) - 0 1 0 0 - 1

Scoring
UOP - Van Dorn (Vellutini), 19:55
SJSU - Martinez (Pinkney), 79:50
UOP - Smiley (Unassisted), 101:36

Shots
UOP - 15
SJSU - 12

Goalkeeper Saves
UOP - 5 (Souza-3; Guerin-2)
SJSU - 6 (Herbst-6)

Corner Kicks
UOP - 9
SJSU - 3

Fouls
UOP - 5
SJSU - 8