Pocatello, Idaho - San Jose State University got two second-half goals within a span of four and a half minutes from junior forward Jessica Scott and a first career individual shutout by redshirt freshman goalkeeper Nina Butera in earning its first win of the 2007 season, 2-0, over the University of Northern Iowa on the final day of the 2007 Idaho State Classic at ISU’s Davis Field on Sunday, September 23.
With the victory in the first-ever meeting between the teams, San Jose State improves to 1-5-2 overall on the year. Northern Iowa, SJSU’s first opponent in 2007 from the Missouri Valley Conference, drops to 3-5-1. The Panthers had edged Air Force, 1-0, on a penalty-kick goal in overtime in Friday’s tournament opener, while the Spartans had dropped a 2-1 decision to host Idaho State.
Scott broke a scoreless deadlock at 60:02 with assists going to junior Liz Behlen and senior Jackie Zabek. She added an unassisted second goal at 64:31, carrying the ball to the goalline, turning in and roofing a powerful shot from about 10 yards wide of the goal from a narrow angle. The scores were her first two for the season, and came on a game-high nine shots, with four on goal.
Behlen’s assist was her team-leading third of the year and second of the tournament, while Zabek’s was her first of the year to put her in a tie for the team points lead with fellow senior tri-captain Kristin Krale at five apiece.
As a team, San Jose State out-shot UNI, 25-16.
Butera, a San Jose native out of Presentation High School, made six saves to earn the clean sheet in her fourth college start.
Chelsie Hochstedler had a team-high four shots for the Panthers, with goalkeeper Heidi O’Mara making 11 stops on the afternoon.
"It's been great to have Jessica (Scott) back," remarked fourth-year San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. "She took nine shots by herself. We took 25 as a team, with 13 of them on frame. That was nice. Jessica gives us confidence, which is really good. Everybody's play stepped up a bit today. Kristin Krale was great. Nina Butera got the shutout. It was just a good day to be a Spartan.
"We got contributions from everybody, every class. (Freshman) Danielle Drago played well. Seniors Jackie Zabek and Kristin Krale were really good. Everybody."
Following host Idaho State's 1-0 win over Air Force to cap the event, Behlen, Scott and junior Jennifer Guadagnolo, who accounted for eight of the nine total SJSU points over the two games, were named to the 11-player All-Tournament Team.
San Jose State begins a season-long four-game homestand to take it into Western Athletic Conference play, against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, September 28. Kick-off at Spartan Field is set for 3:00 p.m.
San Jose State (1-5-2) - 0 2 - 2
Northern Iowa (3-5-1) - 0 0 - 0
SJSU - Jessica Scott (1) (Liz Behlen, Jackie Zabek), 60:02
SJSU - Jessica Scott (2) (unassisted), 64:31
SJSU - 25
UNI - 16
SJSU - 6 (Nina Butera-6)
UNI - 11 (Heidi O’Mara-11)
SJSU - 1
UNI - 0
SJSU - 11
UNI - 11
2007 Idaho State Classic All Tournament Team
Erin Wallace, Air Force
Kristen Wolverton, Air Force
Jessica Scott, San Jose State
Jennifer Guadagnolo, San Jose State
Liz Behlen, San Jose State
Chelsie Hochstedler , Northern Iowa
Amy Seubert, Northern Iowa
Natalie Graham, Idaho State
Jana Boehler, Idaho State
Jill Christofferson, Idaho State
Karissa Henage, Idaho State