Women's Soccer Takes Titans To Double Overtime

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University held 2006 NCAA Championship participant Cal State Fullerton scoreless through 108 minutes before a goal with just 1:44 left in double overtime gave the visiting Titans a 1-0 win on a windy and overcast afternoon at Spartan Field on Friday, September 28.

San Jose State is now 1-6-2 overall while Cal State Fullerton, a member of the Big West Conference, improves to 5-3-1.

At the 108:16 mark, Stacey Thompson passed to fellow senior midfielder Nicole Scheid down the left wing, who put a cross into the center of the Spartan penalty box, where freshman midfielder Christina Murillo headed it just over the goalline behind redshirt freshman goalkeeper Nina Butera. It was the first collegiate goal for Murillo.

Both teams had their fair share of goal-scoring chances during a mostly even affair throughout, with Cal State Fullerton ultimately posting a shot advantage of 27-21.

In the 18th minute of the first half, the Titans had a goal by senior forward Brianna Buffington disallowed due to offsides. In the 26th minute, San Jose State countered with what was arguably it’s best chance to dent the scoreboard in the first half, when sophomore Hallsie Pacheco stole the ball just beyond the top of the penalty box and lifted a shot that junior Titan goalie Shayla Sabin was able to save. Butera made saves on shots from Buffington and Thompson at the 35th and 38th minute marks.

In the second half, junior forward Jessica Scott went wide to the right with her shot off a nice feed from senior defender Kristin Krale after 72 minutes. Scott then found the crossbar in the 85th minute, taking a pass from senior defender Heather Oranje down the right side of the field, eluding a defender and firing from distance. Scott finished with a game-high seven shots.

In the 64th minute, a close-range attempt from Thompson was stopped by Butera. Senior forward Candice Byler had a chance to score in overtime for Cal State Fullerton, but Butera again came up with the save at the near post. Junior midfielder Jennifer Guadagnolo had a shot go high over the goal during the extra periods.

Butera wound up with a career-high nine saves, while Sabin had two stops. Lauren Cram and Leslie Munoz had five shots apiece to pace the Titans.

“We can’t find the result we are looking for,” remarked fourth-year Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa. “We played really well, had numerous chances to put the game away in regulation, and added four more shots in overtime. Our defense played tremendous. Nina Butera had a great game. Kristin Krale is a top-level player. She played incredible, and would have been our player of the match even if somebody else had scored to win it for us.”

San Jose State continues a season-long four-game homestand against Eastern Washington University this Sunday, September 30. Kick-off is slated for approximately 3:30 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium, with the match serving as the second half of the first of five Spartan soccer doubleheaders this year. The San Jose State men take on College of Charleston at 1:00 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton (5-3-1) - 0 0 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (1-6-2) - 0 0 0 0 - 0

CSF - Christina Murillo (1) (Nicole Scheid, Stacey Thompson), 108:16

CSF - 27
SJSU - 21

Goalkeeper Saves
CSF - 2 (Shayla Sabin-2)
SJSU - 9 (Nina Butera-9)

Corner Kicks
CSF - 5
SJSU - 1

CSF - 8
SJSU - 13