San Jose, Calif. In the 94th minute of a scoreless tie, San Jose State forward Emmy Belding took a through ball from forward Roxy Kamal and blasted a shot into the lower left side of the net to give the Spartans’ their first victory in six matches this season.
With the win, head coach Jeff Leightman first at San Jose State, the Spartans improve to 1-3-2, while the Hornets of Sacramento State fall to 1-4-1 overall.
“I looked up and the ball was there,” Belding said of her second goal of 2008. “It was an unbelievable pass from Roxy; I just finished it. It feels really good to win.
“We needed this win to prove to ourselves that we could do it,” she added. “We came out with so much energy today. We played them physically and got the result. This is the start of something good.”
The Spartans out shot the Hornets 10-3 in the first half and had three good scoring opportunities.
In the 20th minute freshman Lauren Sanchez took a shot from the top of the penalty box that hit the crossbar. Roxy Kamal got the rebound and shot, just missing the net wide left.
At the 21:45 mark, Kamal lobbed a shot from the right side into the upper left corner of the net that Hornets keeper Jenny Lawrence just tipped away.
The second half was played evenly with both teams getting two shots on goal. The Spartans took seven shots while the Hornets took nine and regulation time ended with the score 0-0.
In overtime the Spartans came out with renewed energy. Sanchez and Kamal took shots in the first two minutes before Belding’s game winner at 93:13.
“We wanted this win,” junior forward Roxy Kamal said. “We came out here and took it. Now we have to feed off of this win and carry it into our matches next week and the rest of the season.”
Kamal led the Spartan attack with nine shots, three on goal and one assist. Belding took three shots, two on net and the lone goal of the match. Sanchez had five shots with two making it to net. Kaila Waitley had an assist on the Belding goal. Mandy Martin, Shanelle Furner and Stephanie Righetti all contributed with one shot each.
Freshman goalkeeper Jordan-Michelle Santos recorded the third shutout of her collegiate career. She faced 12 shots and made two saves lowering her goals against average to 1.55.
“We really concentrated this week on winning the physical battle and being mentally stronger,” head coach Jeff Leightman said. “We took the game away right from the beginning. We imposed our will today. This was probably the first time this year that we have done it for an entire match.”
Sacramento State’s Elece McBride and Leah Larot each took two shots with McBride getting one on net. Kara Taylor had one shot, on net while seven others had one shot a piece.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday, September 18 when they travel up the peninsula to take on the University of San Francisco Dons (3-3-1) at 5:00 p.m. in Negoesco Stadium. On Sunday, September 21, the Spartans return home and host the RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) (1-3-0) in Spartan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m.
Sacramento State (1-4-1) 0 0 0 -- 0
San Jose State (1-3-2) 0 0 1 -- 1
SJSU Emmy Belding (2) (Roxy Kamal, Kaila Waitley), 93:13
SAC 6 (Jenny Lawrence-6)
SJSU 2 (Jordan-Michelle Santos-2)