Pocatello, Idaho - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team opened play at the 2007 Idaho State Classic with a 2-1 loss to tournament host Idaho State University in front of 943 spectators at Davis Field on Friday, September 21.
San Jose State is now 0-5-2 overall and 0-2-1 against members of the Big Sky Conference. Idaho State, the defending Big Sky Tournament champion and a 2006 NCAA Championship participant, evens its overall record at 3-3-1. The Bengals improve to 3-1 against Western Athletic Conference teams and a perfect 3-0 at home.
The Spartans snapped a scoreless streak of 485:55 and almost five full games with junior Jennifer Guadagnolo’s first goal of 2007 at 69:50 to pull her team to within one. It was her sixth career goal as Guadagnolo expertly chipped her shot over the senior ISU goalkeeper Maren Eves. Sophomore Liz Behlen provided her team-leading second assist of 2007.
Down 2-1 and pressing for an equalizer, the Spartans created several final opportunities to knot the game and send it into overtime, but their attempts to score did not find the target as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Idaho State scored on either side of the halftime break before holding off SJSU during a furious finish to earn the win. The goal in the first half came at the 37:30 mark. Junior midfielder Kilee Quigley tallied her first goal of the 2007 campaign, with sophomore defender Annamarie Hofstetter earning credit for her third assist. ISU out-shot SJSU for the first half, 11-3, including six from senior forward Natalie Graham.
Just under five minutes into the second half, Graham and Chelsea Cox each picked up assists on sophomore forward Jana Boehler’s team-leading third goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
Redshirt freshman Nina Butera, in her third start in goal for San Jose State, made seven stops on the afternoon. Butera collected two difficult saves late to keep the Spartans in the game, the first coming on another Graham shot as she just tipped the ball over for a corner kick. She allowed both goals after giving up just two in over 270 minutes to begin her college career heading in.
The Spartans welcomed forward Jessica Scott back onto the field and into the starting lineup after the 2006 second-team All-WAC honoree had missed the past four games. She produced a pair of shots to share the team lead with fellow junior Amanda Villa.
Eves, the reigning Big Sky “Defensive Player of the Week,” finished with two saves for the home side. Graham wound up with a game-high eight shots, with a game-high four of them on goal. Boehler, who missed all of the 2006 season, added five shots while Quigley had four.
San Jose State will conclude play at the 2007 Idaho State Classic this Sunday, September 23, against the University of Northern Iowa, a 1-0 winner over Air Force thanks to a penalty-kick goal in overtime in Friday’s early game. Kick-off at Davis Field is set for 11:00 a.m. MDT. The Spartans then return to San Jose to begin a season-long four-game homestand on Friday, September 28.
San Jose State (0-5-2) - 0 1 - 1
Idaho State (3-3-1) - 1 1 - 2
ISU - Kilee Quigley (1) (Annamarie Hofstetter), 37:30
ISU - Jana Boehler (3) (Chelsea Cox, Natalie Graham), 49:50
SJSU - Jennifer Guadagnolo (1) (Liz Behlen), 69:50
SJSU - 10
ISU - 20
SJSU - 7 (Nina Butera-7)
ISU - 2 (Maren Eves-2)
SJSU - 3
ISU - 5
SJSU - 10
ISU - 12