San Jose, Calif. - A 50th-minute score by Heidi Garrett broke a 1-1 deadlock and sent visiting UC Riverside to a 2-1 victory over San Jose State University in non-conference women’s soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 24.
On a hot and sunny afternoon, the Spartans lost despite out-shooting the opponent, 23-13, and earning six corner kicks to just one by the Highlanders.
UC Riverside jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just under two minutes into the game, when freshman forward Heidi Garrett put a cross in from the right side for junior teammate Jenna Leonti to shoot in at the near post for her third goal of 2006.
Midway through the first half, junior Spartan defender Heather Oranje hit a shot from distance which senior UCR goalkeeper Tawny Poggio just tipped over the crossbar for a corner kick.
GUADAGNOLO FINDS KRALE FOR EQUALIZER
San Jose State knotted matters up a few minutes later at the 26:38 mark on a similar goal as the opener. Midfielder Jennifer Guadagnolo picked up a loose ball and fired a cross from the right, with junior Kristin Krale getting her foot on it at the far post and finding the net for her second goal in as many games. Guadagnolo’s second assist of the year puts her in a tie for the team points lead at eight with fellow sophomore Jessica Scott.
Garrett notched what proved to be the game-winner at 49:24. After the ball was put through toward the Spartan penalty box by sophomore midfielder Stacie Anderson, Garrett was first to it, firing a low shot from close range at redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marissa Dayton. Dayton’s save rebounded straight back to Garrett, whose follow-up went in for her second goal of 2006.
Dayton played the full game and made five saves in goal for San Jose State. Poggio stopped 10 shots for UC Riverside.
“This was another emotional game,” said Krale. “It seems like all of our games are tied at 1-1, and somehow, (the other team) gets a little break. We are so much better than we have been the last couple of years since I got here. We just need a break. We need a win, and then to keep winning. We have a good team, and we are more experienced now.”
“We played alright,” added Dayton. “We get broken down (on defense) at times. We need to work harder on defending, We need to take more pride in defending and more pride in not making mistakes. UC Riverside was a pretty good team. They had good dribblers and they came at us. We had some trouble stopping the ball and could not get out of the back.”
San Jose State has a 3-6-1 overall record following the loss. UC Riverside improves to 7-2.
The Spartans play just one match in the week ahead, traveling to Irvine, Calif., to take on UC Irvine on Sunday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m.
UC Riverside (7-2) - 1 1 - 2
San Jose State (3-6-1) - 1 0 - 1
UCR - Jenna Leonti (3) (Heidi Garrett), 1:58
SJSU - Kristin Krale (2) (Jennifer Guadagnolo), 26:38
UCR - Heidi Garrett (2) (unassisted), 49:24
UCR - 13
SJSU - 23
UCR - 10 (Tawny Poggio-10)
SJSU - 5 (Marissa Dayton-5)
UCR - 1
SJSU - 6
UCR - 14
SJSU - 13