San Jose, Calif. - Kim Kemper’s goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation gave visiting Sacramento State a 2-1 victory over San Jose State University in non-conference women’s soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, September 13.
San Jose State had taken a first-half lead on senior tri-captain Cristin Murphy’s first goal of 2006 and second of her Spartan career, at 26:04. Junior midfielder Nicole Irwin’s corner kick from the right side, was met by a Hornet defender on the far post, but her clearance went parallel to the goalmouth, with Murphy waiting by the near post to head the ball into the roof of the net.
“It was a good corner kick by Nicole (Irwin),” explained Murphy. “It just stayed up in the air. I got up and got a head on it, and it went into the net.”
SPARTANS COME CLOSE TO DOUBLING LEAD IN FIRST HALF
The Spartans looked to be in control through much of the first half, and came closest to doubling their advantage in the 32nd minute, when a lofted through pass by junior defender Jackie Cruz wound up hitting off the crossbar after sophomore Missy Matzen’s headed clearance attempt.
Sacramento State tied the game at the 74:21 mark. Senior forward Kelly Novak passed the ball out to the left wing, from where freshman midfielder Beverly Goebel crossed it into the penalty box for an open Kayelyn Satkowski. The junior forward shot high past Spartan goalkeeper Kelsea Scott into the upper right corner for her team-leading fourth goal of 2006. Novak and Goebel were each credited with assists.
The Hornets began to pressure the San Jose State goal late in the contest, producing four corner kicks and eight shots, including one that banged off the post by senior Maggie Murphy in the 84th, over the final 13 minutes, before finally breaking through for the game-winner at 88:58. Satkowski started the play by finding Goebel, this time on the right wing. Kemper met Goebel’s cross with a header at the far post which went back across the goal and into the right side of the net. Goebel’s assist was her second on the night and team-leading fourth for the season, while Satkowski also picked up an assist.
KELSEA SCOTT STRONG IN GOAL WITH NINE SAVES
In her third straight start in goal, Scott, a redshirt freshman, made a career-high nine saves, including six in the first half and one from close range on a shot by junior Katie McCoy 10 minutes after the second-half whistle. The total matched the single-game high for a Spartan this year. Fellow redshirt freshman Marissa Dayton had stopped nine shots of her own in a 1-1 tie at Loyola Marymount University to open the season. Scott’s counterpart, freshman Mandy Trojan, had five stops for Sacramento State.
“I thought we played great soccer,” said Scott after the game. “We had our shots. We just couldn’t put them away.” Asked about her own performance in the face of multiple shots in succession toward the end of the game, Scott added, “I’ve been through it so many times in practice, because we have so many players with great shots, that I’m already prepared for that. You just know you’re ready for it.”
San Jose State outshot Sacramento State in the first half, 12-8, but surrendered a 16-13 shot advantage following the break.
“This is a tough loss,” Murphy concluded. “We played strong, but in the last 10 minutes of the game, which are the most important, especially in a close game like this, we lost our composure a little bit. (Sacramento State) took advantage.”
With the loss, San Jose State falls to 1-4-1. Sacramento State, the Spartans’ second straight opponent from the Big Sky Conference after Idaho State’s visit last week, improves to 4-2.
HOMESTAND CONCLUDES THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
The Spartans conclude a season-long three-match homestand with a non-conference game against Notre Dame de Namur University this Friday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium. Fans unable to attend can access live streaming video on a paid subscription basis, and live statistics free of charge, at www.sjsuspartans.com.
Sacramento State (4-2) - 0 2 - 2
San Jose State (1-4-1) - 1 0 - 1
SJSU - Cristin Murphy (1) (Nicole Irwin), 26:04
SAC - Kayelyn Satkowski (4) (Beverly Goebel, Kelly Novak), 74:21
SAC - Kim Kemper (2) (Beverly Goebel, Kayelyn Satkowski), 88:58
SAC - 24
SJSU - 25
SAC - 5 (Mandy Trojan-5)
SJSU - 9 (Kelsea Scott-9)
SAC - 8
SJSU - 6
SAC - 14
SJSU - 21