Women's soccer downed at No. 3 Santa Clara

Santa Clara, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team was defeated by third-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara University, 6-0, on Wednesday, October 4, in the annual “Rivalry Series” game played between the teams. The contest took place under rainy conditions at Santa Clara’s Buck Shaw Stadium.

Santa Clara had the better of the chances throughout the first half. The very first shot of the game was arguably the Broncos’ best opportunity of the first half an hour of play, with Hillary Schwarzbach lofting a soft shot from close range over the goal following a corner kick just three and a half minutes in. Meagan Snell later had a far-post header glance just over the crossbar from in close in the 25th minute.

Just prior to Snell’s chance, the Spartans produced the first shot of the game that went on goal, with Jessica Scott firing from 25 yards and Bronco goalkeeper Julie Ryder making the stop.

SCORELESS DEADLOCK BROKEN IN 31ST MINUTE

Following back-to-back saves by Spartan goalkeeper Marissa Dayton on shots by Kiki Bosio and Snell, the home side finally broke through and into the scoring column. Amanda Poach took a short corner kick, with Bosio giving it right back to her for the left-sided cross. Schwarzbach met the cross and headed it into the far corner of Dayton’s net for her second goal of 2006 at 30:13. Poach and Bosio were each credited with assists.

Santa Clara increased its advantage in the 40th minute on a nice organization started by Snell. Snell found Bosio, who in turn crossed from the left for Chioma Igwe to notch her second goal of the year. Bosio and Snell each picked up assists.

In the 66th minute, Santa Clara’s Bonnie Bowman took a through ball, rounded Dayton and rolled a shot on the empty net, only to be denied the goal by Kaila Waitley’s clearance. Lexi Orand tallied her first goal of the year just over a minute later. Kendall Doherty crossed from the right, Jordan Angeli flicked a header to the back post, and Orand headed the ball into the net.

The scoring was capped on goals by Orand, Snell and Bowman over the final 11:25, with each player also tallying assists.

DAYTON MATCHES CAREER HIGH IN SAVES

Dayton finished the game with nine saves, matching her career high. Scott had two of SJSU’s four shots, with Nicole Martinez and Kristin Krale getting the others. Hallsie Pacheco, a freshman, made the first start of her collegiate career in central midfield, while Kelly Madej made her first appearance of the season in the second half.

The Spartans played the final 23:35 a player short due to a red card, with the final four Bronco goals all following the ejection. SJSU was missing regular starters Jackie Cruz and Nicole Irwin.

“Santa Clara is a powerful team,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “They are tough enough to play against with 11 players, much less 10. Our only concern now is the conference season.”

“I was nervous, especially playing against Santa Clara, but also really excited,” said Pacheco of her first start as a Spartan. “I just tried to play as hard as I could, for Nicole (Irwin), who was sick. I wanted to play as well as I could for her, and for the team.”

“I like it back there,” added Liz Behlen, a regular starter on the forward line for the Spartans who made the first start on defense of her college career. “It’s different, but fun. We’re looking forward now to the start of the conference season. That’s what matters at this point.”

Orand had a game-high eight of Santa Clara’s 33 shots on the night, off the bench. She scored twice. Bosio’s two assists put her season total at a team-best eight. Snell’s two assists were her first of 2006 to go with her team-leading nine goals. Ryder had two saves over the first 85:20 before giving way to Lisa Lahman in goal. Lahman stopped one shot in the final 4:40.

CONFERENCE OPENER THIS FRIDAY AT HOME

The loss puts the San Jose State record at 3-8-1 overall. The Broncos improve to 10-2 with their fifth straight victory, all in shutout fashion. The three “Rivalry Series” points go to Santa Clara, giving the Broncos a points lead of 7.5-1.5 in the all-sports competition between the schools, following volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer.

The Santa Clara match marked the conclusion of the non-conference portion of the Spartans’ 2006 schedule. San Jose State hosts Boise State University in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams, this Friday, October 6. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (3-8-1) - 0 0 - 0
No. 3 Santa Clara (10-2) - 2 4 - 6

Scoring
SCU - Hillary Schwarzbach (2) (Amanda Poach, Kiki Bosio), 30:13
SCU - Chioma Igwe (2) (Kiki Bosio, Meagan Snell), 39:36
SCU - Lexi Orand (1) (Jordan Angeli, Kendall Doherty), 66:37
SCU - Lexi Orand (2) (Meagan Snell, Bonnie Bowman), 78:35
SCU - Meagan Snell (9) (Lexi Orand, Kendall Doherty), 81:39
SCU - Bonnie Bowman (1) (Marian Dalmy), 88:56

Shots
SJSU - 4
SCU - 33

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 9 (Marissa Dayton-9)
SCU - 3 (Julie Ryder-2, Lisa Lahman-1)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 1
SCU - 7

Fouls
SJSU - 8
SCU - 12