San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State women's soccer team battled the RedHawks of Miami University for 110 minutes, but neither side could find the back of the net and the match ended in a 0-0 tie. The result leaves the Spartans record at 1-4-3 while Miami University is 1-5-1 overall.
The Spartans controlled the pace of play in the first half. Forward Emmy Belding and mid Roxy Kamal each took shots in the first eight minutes. Belding’s was turned away the RedHawks’ keeper and Kamal’s went just over the crossbar. Defenders Lauren Moniz and Kelsy Holm each took their second shots of the year in the first half as well. Holm’s was on-goal and saved while Moniz’s attempt was wide left.
“I thought in the first half we played well,” said head coach Jeff Leightman. “We moved the ball and created dangerous chances. We were really on top of the match in the first and we created some dangerous chances in the second, but overall we still struggled.”
The Spartans best scoring chances came in the second half. Defender Mandy Martin played a perfect pass on to the foot of Belding who had split two defenders. Belding’s shot, from just inside the penalty box, was saved RedHawk keeper Rachelle Boff. Boff finished the match with four saves. Belding had another shot in the 82nd minute that sailed just wide on the left side of the goal.
In the final six minutes of regulation Miami took two corner kicks and attempted four shots. Spartan keeper Nina Butera, making her first start of the year, made two great saves to keep he game tied.
“Nina played well,” Leightman added. “She stepped up and made a game changing save right at the end of regulation on a semi-breakaway. If she doesn’t make that save we lose the match.”
The overtime period went back and forth with neither side gaining an advantage.
“We had them on the ropes in the first half and they had us on the ropes in the second.” Said Leightman. “We need to put together 90 minutes in order to be successful.”
Belding led the Spartans with four shots, two on-goal. Moniz took two shots. Holm and Lauren Sanchez each had one shot, on-goal and Roxy Kamal took one shot.
The Spartans are currently riding a 313:26 streak in Spartan Stadium in which they haven’t allowed a goal. The last opponent to reach the back of the net was California who scored in the 77th minute of a, 3-1, victory on August 24th. With Butera’s shutout the Spartans have now held four of their seven opponents scoreless.
The Spartans head out on the road next week. On Friday, September 26 they will be in Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on the Falcons of the United States Air Force Academy (2-6-0). Kick off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MT. On Sunday, September 28 San Jose State will be in San Diego to face the San Diego State Aztecs (3-4-1) in a 12:00 p.m. match.
Miami University (1-5-1) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
San Jose State (1-4-3) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
MIA 4 (Rachele Boff-4)
SJSU 6 (Nina Butera-6)
SJSU - 19