Spartans Fall To Gaels, 3-0

MORAGA, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s soccer team held its opponent scoreless in the first half for the third straight game and fifth time this season, but host Saint Mary’s scored three second-half goals to take a 3-0 win.
“Our touch was really off,” San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman said. “I thought (Saint Mary’s) played better than us. I thought the scoring chances were pretty even.”
The first half saw only five shots combined from the two teams, though three of those were on goal. San Jose State goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald made her one save in the first half, and the Gaels’ Kate Brenot made two of her three saves of the game before halftime.
Saint Mary’s (8-2-1) got on the board 1 minute, 40 seconds into the second half with a goal from Vicki Shimkus that deflected off a Spartans defender and past Maiwald for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans (1-9) would miss a chance to tie minutes later when a shot on a wide-open net barely missed high over the crossbar.
The Gaels added to their lead in the 53rd minute on a goal from Jordan Marada, her fifth of the season. Marada would later assist on the Gaels’ third goal of the game in the 71st minute. Christina Tognetti took a pass from Marada at the top of the penalty box and buried a shot for the 3-0 advantage.
“We have to (press) the reset button, going back and working on some details and getting better,” Leightman said.
Junior Kelsey Lord led the Spartans with two shots, one on goal, against the Gaels. Lord finished third in shots in Western Athletic Conference games last season. The Spartans begin WAC play against Idaho at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.
“Honestly, Idaho's a very good team and for us to beat them we've got to start doing things better,” said Leightman.
Scoring by Periods
                                     1    2      F
San Jose State (1-9)      0    0  -   0 Saint Mary's (8-2-1)            0    3  -   0
Shots SJSU -- 6 SMC -- 12
Corner Kicks SJSU -- 2 SMC -- 5
Saves Meghan Maiwald (SJSU) -- 1 Kate Brenot (SMC) -- 3