Moraga, Calif. After battling the Saint Mary’s Gaels for over 96 minutes of 0-0 soccer, the San Jose State women’s soccer team came out on the short end of a 1-0 overtime score. The loss drops the Spartans record to 2-6-3 overall. Saint Mary’s improves to 6-4-1.
In the first half the Gaels got off to a quick start. They took all four of their shots in the first 20 minutes, two of which were turned away by the Spartans sophomore keeper Nina Butera.
In the next 25 minutes, San Jose State took the action to Saint Mary’s. Emmy Belding, a junior forward, took three of her team high four shots, including one on-goal. Also contributing shots in the first half were senior mid Kaila Waitley and freshman forward Michelle Haughey. Despite the back and forth play the half ended in a, 0-0, tie.
The Spartans a several opportunities in the second half: in the 48th minute, sophomore mid Katie Bonadies had a header that was turned away by Gaels keeper Tara Larson. At the 62:20 mark, freshman defender Britnee Chesney took a shot that hit off the crossbar. And in a span of less than two minutes, from the 71:39 to 73:22 marks, the Spartan took four successive corner kicks which resulted in two shots by freshman mid Jessica Ingram, one blocked and one saved by the keeper and a shot each by senior mid Jennifer Guadagnolo and junior forward Roxy Kamal that went wide. At the end of regulation the score remained tied, 0-0.
In overtime, the Gaels gained the advantage, they out shot San Jose State, 3-0, and scored the winner, a shot by Ashley Nied of 13 yards. Butera got a hand on it, but couldn’t keep out of the net. The goal came at the 96:22 mark.
"This was a very disappointing result," said head coach Jeff Leightman. "I felt that we played very well from the middle of the first half on and deserved a better result."
"We have to put this loss behind us and now focus on conference play," he added. "We have Fresno State coming here on Friday and then head to Reno to face Nevada."
Offensively, the Spartans were led by Belding (4 shots, 1 on-goal), Ingram (2 shots, 1 on-goal) and Bonadies (1 shot, 1 on-goal). Chesney, Kelsy Holm, Waitley, Shanelle Furner, Guadagnolo and Haughey each took one shot.
In goal, Nina Butera played the entire match (96:22) making 11 saves and allowing one goal. Her record is now 1-2-1. She has made 25 saves on 31 shots and her GAA stands at 1.22.
The Spartans return to action on Friday, October 10, as they open Western Athletic Conference play on Spartan Soccer Field against Fresno State (3-7-0). Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, October 12, San Jose State travels to Reno, Nev. for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff against the Wolfpack of Nevada (0-8-2).
San Jose State (2-6-3) 0 0 0 -- 0
Saint Mary’s (6-4-1) 0 0 1 -- 1
SMC Ashley Nied (5), (Jessica Menzhuber); 96.22
SJSU 12 (Nina Butera-12)
SMC 3 (Tara Larson-3)