Women's soccer edged by No. 5 Santa Clara, 2-1

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to fifth-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara in non-conference women’s soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, September 28.

The win gave Santa Clara another three points, and six in all, in the 2005-06 edition of the “Rivalry Series” between the schools after the Broncos’ 3-0 victory in women’s volleyball in Santa Clara on Tuesday, September 27.

The scoring got under way at the 11-minute mark when junior Tiffany Roberts took a pass from sophomore Meagan Snell and shot high to the near post for her first goal of 2005. The visiting Broncos added to their lead in the 38th minute, this time with Snell as the goalscorer off a feed from sophomore Jordan Angeli.

Spartan freshman Jessica Scott made the finish interesting, tallying the second goal of her young collegiate career at the 85:32 mark. Fellow freshman Kaila Waitley was credited with the assist. San Jose State played the final 48 minutes with a man-advantage after Angeli was shown a red card at 42:06 for a foul away from the ball.

"It was exciting," said Scott of her goal. "I think we could have scored another goal and tied it had we had more time. It was probably the most important goal I've ever scored in a game my team didn't win."

For the game, the Spartans outshot Santa Clara, 11-10. Freshman Meagan McCray made five saves over the 90 minutes for SCU while senior Adrienne Herbst stopped one shot for SJSU.

With the loss, San Jose State falls to 0-9-2. Santa Clara improves to 8-1-1.

"(Santa Clara is) No. 5 in the country and they are the team we want to emulate," remarked Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa. "They are the benchmark that we want to strive to get to. I thought we brought the game to them in the last 10 minutes. It was still a 2-1 loss, but we go into conference action and we're 0-0 again."

Regarding the "Rivalry Series," Siracusa added, "It's a great thing and it's been promoted well. We had a lot of people out here and when other people find out what a great game it was, they are going to wish they came."

Wednesday’s match was San Jose State’s final non-conference tilt before opening the 2005 Western Athletic Conference season. Following an eight-day layoff, the Spartans travel to Boise, Idaho, to take on Boise State on Friday, October 7, at 4:00 p.m. SJSU’s conference home opener is set for Sunday, October 9, against Idaho, at 1:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium.

No. 5 Santa Clara (8-1-1) - 2 0 - 2
San Jose State (0-9-2) - 0 1 - 1

SCU Roberts (Snell), 10:06
SCU Snell (Angeli), 37:27
SJSU Scott (Waitley), 85:32

SCU 10
SJSU - 11

Goalkeeper Saves
SCU - 5 (McCray-5)
SJSU - 1 (Herbst-1)

Corner Kicks
SCU - 5
SJSU - 2

SCU - 11