SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After playing even for 57 minutes Friday, host Sacramento State finally broke through with a goal by Jordyn Rolling and held on for the 1-0 win over the San Jose State women's soccer team at Hornet Field.
Rolling received a pass from Jessica Castano, dribbled past a Spartans defender and shot the ball into the far post to give the Hornets (4-5) a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute. The Spartans (0-7) took four shots, two on goal, following Rolling's goal, but the Sacramento State defense held on for the victory.
"Give credit to Sac State, they hung in there, they battled and they scored the goal, but I thought we pretty much dominated most of the game," said San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman. "We couldn't find a way to score the elusive goal. Start to finish we were more organized, we played with passion."
Both teams finished even in shots with 12 apiece. San Jose State held the advantage in the first half, 6-5, with the Hornets leading in second half shots, 7-6. Shanelle Furner led San Jose State with three shots.
Spartans goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald finished with 7 saves to give her 44 on the year. Sacramento State 'keeper Savannah Abercrombie made five stops in goal.
"We need to do our best to win the individual battles," said Leightman. "The game is measured by goals, not by who plays prettier. Our biggest problem is we play some good soccer sometimes, but we give up a goal and it's discouraging."
The Spartans return home Sunday to take on Portland State at 1 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Score by Periods 1 2 F
San Jose State (0-7) 0 0 - 0
Sacramento State (4-5) 0 1 - 1
SJSU -- 12
Sac. St. -- 12
SJSU -- 2
Sac. St. -- 1
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU) -- 7
Savannah Abercrombie (Sac. St.) -- 5