San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women's soccer team left it late for a second match in a row, but for the second time in five nights, got the goal it needed from one of its seniors in posting a 1-0 non-conference victory over Notre Dame de Namur University at Spartan Stadium on Tuesday, September 22.
Fourth-year senior Hallsie Pacheco met sophomore midfield partner Shanelle Furner's right-sided corner kick at the near post at the 84:15 mark, and sent a low, hard shot into the back of the net behind sophomore Argo goalkeeper Kelsey Baxter for the game's only goal. It was her career-best third this season, while Furner's assist was her second of the year.
Last Friday night, September 18, it was fellow senior Emmy Belding's double-overtime winner that lifted San Jose State to another 1-0 triumph at Spartan Stadium, over UC Davis.
With its fourth consecutive victory in all, San Jose State evens its overall record at 4-4. The Spartans have not been at .500 or above at the eight-game mark of any season, since 2000, when they were also 4-4. This four-game win streak matches the longest in program history. NDNU, located in Belmont, Calif., and an NCAA Division II program, falls to 1-5.
Tonight's contest also marked a third straight shutout defensively for the Spartans, led by redshirt junior goalkeeper Nina Butera, a San Jose product from Presentation High School. The reigning Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year needed to make just two saves in net for her second individual shutout of 2009 and seventh of her career, which now moves her into a tie for second-place on the San Jose State all-time list.
San Jose State out-shot NDNU, 19-6, including 8-0 over the first 45 minutes. Furner had a single-game career-high five attempts to lead all players, while Pacheco equaled her collegiate best with four. All three of Belding's shots generated saves, of which Baxter had 10. Junior forward K.C. O'Shea led the Argos with three scoring efforts.
The best opportunity by either side to score in the opening period arguably came midway through by the Spartans. Another Furner corner kick from the right side was headed back across the middle by Belding at the far post, but sophomore midfielder Kelsy Holm's shot sailed high over the crossbar.
Having been kept completely off the shot chart in the first stanza, the Argonauts came out of the break with some fire. O'Shea's blast from the right diagonal banged against the crossbar just over two and a half minutes in, marking the visitors' initial offensive foray. Less than a minute later, sophomore midfielder Samantha Paetz had her shot saved by Butera.
Later in the period, Belding had successive chances to put the Spartans on top. In the 63rd minute, she connected with a throw-in from freshman teammate Shannon Righetti, but her close-range shot from the left diagonal was kept out by Baxter. In the 75th minute, Belding's hard shot was again stopped by the Argo goalkeeper, and kicked out by a defender. On the ensuing throw-in, Belding again met the ball on the left wing, and took a shot that looked to be headed for the upper left corner, only for Baxter to reach high and make the grab.
San Jose State concludes this season-long three-match homestand against the Air Force Academy this Friday night, September 25. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame de Namur (1-5) - 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (4-4) - 0 1 - 1
SJSU - Hallsie Pacheco (3) (Shanelle Furner), 84:15
NDNU - 6
SJSU - 19
NDNU - 10 (Kelsey Baxter-10)
SJSU - 2 (Nina Butera-2)
NDNU - 3
SJSU - 4
NDNU - 8
SJSU - 9