STOCKTON, Calif. -- Four of the Spartans' five shots Friday night were on goal, but none of them found net, as the Pacific Tigers shutout the San Jose State women's soccer team, 2-0, for their fifth win in their last six matches.
Stephanie Bales led the Spartans (1-8) with two shots on goal. San Jose State goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald finished with seven saves, while the Tigers' 'keeper Tashia Long had four stops. Pacific (6-4) outshot the Spartans, 26-5, in the game, including a 16-2 shots advantage in the second half.
"The first half was pretty dead-even," said San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman. "(Pacific) can hit a ball, I'll give them credit. We still had some chances."
The first half saw both teams play to a scoreless tie heading into the locker room at halftime. It was the third time this season the Spartans have held their opponent scoreless in the opening 45 minutes of play.
"My hat is off to Pacific. They're very difficult to play at home. They're very good in the air," Leightman said.
The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard in the 73rd minute when leading scorer Kristina Wavomba received a pass from Angelica Figueroa, dribbled left and then shot back across the goal to the far right post for the 1-0 advantage. Nydia Ramos was also credited with an assist on the Tigers' first goal.
Pacific would get its second goal exactly four minutes later in the 77th minute. Alex Topp got loose on a breakaway and tucked the ball into the lower right corner to give the Tigers the 2-0 lead.
The Spartans will face yet another team playing well as of late when they travel to Moraga Sunday to face St. Mary's, winners of six of their last seven matches and ranked seventh in the West Region in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
"St. Mary's is a very talented team, a totally different-styled team than tonight," Leightman said. "What we're looking to do is get better every game. For us it's just about getting better and keep on improving every game. I think we're right there. We've been teetering on the edge all season with most of our games."
Sunday's game is the Spartans' final tune-up before Western Athletic Conference play begins Oct. 2. The team will host Idaho in Spartan Stadium to begin its 2011 conference slate.
"We're all 0-0 heading into next Sunday," added Leightman.
Scoring by Periods
1 2 F
San Jose State (1-8) 0 0 - 0
Pacific (6-4) 0 2 - 0
SJSU -- 5
UOP -- 26
SJSU -- 1
UOP -- 4
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU) -- 7
Tashia Long (UOP) -- 4