Women's Soccer Creates Chances, Still Falls To Aztecs

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University out-shot San Diego State University, 19-12 for the game and 11-5 in the second half, but a single goal midway through the first half gave the visiting Aztecs a 1-0 victory in non-conference women’s soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, September 19.

With the loss, San Jose State drops to 0-4-2 overall. San Diego State, a member of the Mountain West Conference, improves to 3-2-2 to begin a season-long four-game road stretch. It was the first meeting for the former WAC rivals since 1998, and just the fourth all-time, with the Aztecs now claiming a 3-1 edge in the series following their first-ever win in San Jose.

Senior forward Jackie Ragudos scored the lone goal of the game, her team-leading third on the year, at 27:26. Alicia Piz gave her a pass from the right side, and Ragudos hammered home a shot from the right diagonal of the Spartan penalty box low and into the left corner of the goal behind SJSU goalkeeper Nina Butera. It was the second assist on the year for Piz.

The Spartans pelted the Aztec goal from the outset, with their first and arguably best opportunity coming just 33 seconds into the game, when senior midfielder and reigning Western Athletic Conference “Offensive Player of the Year” Nicole Irwin, lofted a shot that glanced off the crossbar and was then tapped away by freshman SDSU goalie Aubree Southwick.

Junior Kaila Waitley also had a good opportunity to score in the second half, taking a powerful shot from the left side that Southwick parried away to a corner kick, one of a season-high six on the night for SJSU to just four by the visitors.

Junior forward Liz Behlen and senior midfielder Jackie Zabek shared the game high with four shots apiece, with two of Behlen’s on goal. Junior Jennifer Guadagnolo, starting for the first time in a forward spot, added three shots. Redshirt freshman Mollyrose McBride earned her first collegiate start at another forward position.

Piz and Ragudos each had three shots to pace the Aztecs, with Ragudos putting two on goal, including one that hit the near post from the right side with 7:20 to go in the game.

In just her second collegiate start, Butera finished with four saves, while Southwick made five stops in earning the individual shutout, her fourth already in 2007.

“We came out really well to start the second half,” said Butera. “We looked like a whole new team. I’m proud of the girls. We won every ball and played real hard.”

“We dominated the second half for sure, but we can’t buy a goal right now. We out-shot them 19-12 (for the game) and in the second half, 11-5,” remarked fourth-year Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa, who was facing San Diego State for the first time after serving as an assistant coach for its men’s soccer program from 2001-03 prior to coming to San Jose State. He earned his master’s degree there in 2003.

Concluded Siracusa, “Amanda Villa played well. We played really well as a team. Unfortunately, we just can’t get a decision right now.”

San Jose State travels to Pocatello, Idaho, on Thursday, September 20, to take part in the 2007 Idaho State Classic. The Spartans will face the host Bengals of Idaho State University, a 2006 NCAA Championship participant, on Friday, September 21, before taking on the University of Northern Iowa on Sunday, September 23.

San Diego State (3-2-2) - 1 0 - 1
San Jose State (0-4-2) - 0 0 - 0

SDSU - Jackie Ragudos (3) (Alicia Piz), 27:26

SDSU - 12
SJSU - 19

Goalkeeper Saves
SDSU - 5 (Aubree Southwick-5)
SJSU - 4 (Nina Butera-4)

Corner Kicks
SDSU - 4
SJSU - 6

SDSU - 9
SJSU - 12