Honolulu, Hawaii - Shanelle Furner scored off an assist by fellow sophomore Angela Santoro to propel the San Jose State University women's soccer team to a sixth successive win, with five straight now in shutout fashion, 1-0, over the University of Hawai'i in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both sides at Waipi'o Peninsula Stadium on Friday night, October 2.
The Spartans now move their record to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, improving their school-record win streak to six matches. Hawai'i falls to 4-7-1 overall and 0-1 in the WAC.
A fifth clean sheet in a row is also now a new school standard for San Jose State. The Spartans had previously pitched four straight shutouts in 2006. Their shutout streak is now at a school-record 480:47, eclipsing the previous program standard of 446:57 from 2006.
Nina Butera, a San Jose native out of Presentation High School, earned her fourth straight individual shutout and ninth of her career. She continued her personal-best shutout string, now at 435:47. The redshirt junior is just over 11 minutes away from her own Spartan record, currently at 446:57 by former teammate Marissa Dayton. Butera matched her season best with seven saves on the night.
Furner scored at the 28:23 mark of the opening half, putting her header to the far post off Santoro's cross. The goal was her first of 2009, second of her career, and her first collegiate game-winner. She has now been involved on the deciding goal in each of the past three matches, having helped on the previous two winners, at home against Notre Dame de Namur and Air Force, last week. Santoro's assist was her first this year and second for her career.
San Jose State won despite being out-shot, 18-4, including 12-1 over the first 45 minutes. Furner, Roxy Kamal, Lauren Ng-Pinkerton and Lauren Sanchez accounted for the four shots, with the first three on goal.
Sanchez played 33 minutes off the bench for San Jose State. She had been out since the opener with a knee injury. Fellow sophomore midfielder Amanda Martin also played in a reserve role, for 44 minutes, having missed the previous three matches due to a concussion suffered at Howard on September 13.
Reigning WAC Offensive Player of the Week, senior forward Britta Bourne, led the Rainbow Wahine with nine shots, four of them generating Butera saves. Kanani Taaca was credited with a pair of saves in the UH net. Hawai'i had seven corner kicks, to just two by the Spartans.
"Obviously, I'm pleased with the result," said second-year Spartan head coach Jeff Leightman. "I don't think we played particularly well. Hawai'i is a fantastic team. We took our chance well, and finished it. To come on the road and win against one of the top teams in the league is a very good thing for us. We will take it, and move on, but we certainly want to play better. They took it to us, especially in the first half, but we held them off, and now we look ahead to Sacramento State."
The Spartans return to San Jose late on Saturday night, October 3, and head by vans to the state capital on Sunday, October 4, to take on non-conference foe Sacramento State. Kick-off at Hornet Soccer Field is set for 3:30 p.m. Sacramento State posted a 1-0 upset at No. 10 California earlier on Friday, improving to 5-3-2 overall.
San Jose State (6-4, 1-0 WAC) - 1 0 - 1
Hawai'i (4-7-1, 0-1 WAC) - 0 0 - 0
SJSU - Shanelle Furner (1) (Angela Santoro), 28:23
SJSU - 4
UH - 18
SJSU - 7 (Nina Butera-7)
UH - 2 (Kanani Taaca-2)
SJSU - 2
UH - 7
SJSU - 7
UH - 2