The visiting Dons got on the board just 31 seconds into the match, as junior forward Chelsea Hunt dribbled down the left side and crossed into the middle, where sophomore teammate Lindsea Swisher knocked the ball into the Spartan net for her second goal of the season.
San Francisco added another goal at the 17:27 mark when senior Stephanie Gray took a short pass from Swisher and fired a shot from 20 yards out which found the netting. It was Gray’s second goal of 2005.
San Jose State outshot USF, 9-7 in the first half and 21-12 on the afternoon, but could not produce a goal. The Spartans also had five corner kicks to just one by the Dons.
The freshmen tandem of Kelly Pohle and Anika Steig combined on the shutout for USF, each playing a half and making four saves apiece. Senior Adrienne Herbst stopped four shots of her own in the Spartan goal.
The loss drops San Jose State’s record to 0-8-1, while San Francisco improves to 2-7.
"You take 21 shots, and figure one should go in by accident," remarked Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa after the game. "We took more shots than we had the last couple of games combined. We were the better team in the second half. We just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."
"They were physical, but we were physical back," added freshman midfielder Jennifer Guadagnolo. "We are playing a lot more as a team, and attacking much better. We worked on (the attack) a lot, and it has paid off."
The Spartans travel to Sacramento, Calif., this Sunday, September 25, to take on Sacramento State at Hornet Field at 12:00 p.m. San Jose State is back at home to host fifth-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara next Wednesday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium.
San Francisco (2-7) - 2 0 - 2
San Jose State (0-8-1) - 0 0 - 0
USF Swisher (Hunt), 0:31
USF Gray (Swisher), 17:27
USF - 12
SJSU - 21
USF - 8 (Pohle-4; Steig-4)
SJSU - 4 (Herbst-4)
USF - 1
SJSU - 5
USF - 13
SJSU - 19