San Jose, Calif. - Goals by Jessica Scott, Nicole Irwin and Jennifer Guadagnolo led San Jose State University to a 3-1 win over Notre Dame de Namur University in non-conference women’s soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Friday, September 15.
The Spartans controlled play for the majority of the 90 minutes, scoring twice before the halftime whistle. At 12:05, Scott took a pass from fellow sophomore Brittny Beshore, looked up to see the Argonaut goalkeeper off her line, and lofted a long-range shot from 30-35 yards out that sailed over Candice Schrodetzki and into the left side of the net. It was her team-leading third goal of 2006.
IRWIN AND SCOTT COMBINE ON SECOND GOAL
Scott then turned provider in the 26th minute, playing an exquisite through ball to junior teammate and fellow preseason All-WAC honoree Irwin down the middle of the field and into the Argo penalty box. Irwin ran onto the ball and shot it from the right side of the box and into the left corner. It was Irwin’s first goal of the campaign and Scott’s first collegiate assist.
Notre Dame de Namur got a goal back in the 75th minute via a nice organization started by freshman Amy Armijo. Hope Siffert eventually passed it through to Catherine Ponce, with the latter player shooting past Spartan goalkeeper Kelsea Scott for her first score this season.
GUADAGNOLO CLINCHES IT IN 85TH MINUTE
San Jose State shut the door within the next 10 minutes, Guadagnolo notching her second goal of 2006 at 84:23. Hallsie Pacheco passed to senior tri-captain Cristin Murphy, who crossed from the right flank. Schrodetzki was unable to deflect the cross effectively, with the ball falling for Guadagnolo to put it into the empty net at the far post. Murphy and Pacheco were each credited with assists, with Murphy's her team-best third, and Pacheco's giving the freshman midfielder the first point of her college career.
Kelsea Scott made six saves on the evening, while Schrodetzki stopped one shot. San Jose State outshot the visitors, 16-14, including 10-4 over the first 45 minutes.
The victory improves San Jose State’s overall record to 2-4-1. Notre Dame de Namur, located in Belmont, Calif., and an independent member of the NCAA Division II, drops to 2-6 on the year.
“We played great in the first half, but fell down a little bit in the second half,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. We played with maybe a little too much emotion in the second half with Liz (Behlen) going down (with a 33rd-minute injury). More than our game, that benefits our battles. I thought all three goals we scored were good goals.
“The last 20 minutes of every game, when the other team starts kicking balls into our (penalty) box, we don’t handle that very well. We’ll be working on our clearing this week, and being first to the ball. Overall, it’s good to get a victory. It brings up the spirit in practice. (Notre Dame de Namur) was no slouch. This is a quality win.”
“This was a pretty intense game,” added Jessica Scott. “We knew it would be like that, having played them in the spring. We played really well in the first half. We let our emotions get the better of us in the second, but we came right back and got the third goal after they scored.”
The Spartans make a pair of local road trips next week, traveling to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary’s College on Wednesday, September 20, at 4:00 p.m., and to Stockton, Calif., to face the University of the Pacific on Friday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame de Namur (2-6) - 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (2-4-1) - 2 1 - 3
SJSU - Jessica Scott (3) (Brittny Beshore), 12:05
SJSU - Nicole Irwin (1) (Jessica Scott), 25:46
NDNU - Catherine Ponce (1) (Hope Siffert, Amy Armijo), 74:24
SJSU - Jennifer Guadagnolo (2) (Cristin Murphy, Hallsie Pacheco), 84:23
NDNU - 14
SJSU - 16
NDNU - 1 (Candice Schrodetzki-1)
SJSU - 6 (Kelsea Scott-6)
NDNU - 4
SJSU - 2
NDNU - 20
SJSU - 20