Women's Soccer Draws At Sacramento State, 1-1

Sacramento, Calif. - San Jose State University and Sacramento State played to a 1-1 draw after two overtime periods in a non-conference women's soccer match at Hornet Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon, October 4.

With their first tie of 2009, the Spartans move their record to 6-4-1 overall. Though their school-record win streak comes to an end at six, they maintain a seven-match unbeaten streak since an 0-4 start. Sacramento State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, is now 5-3-3. The Hornets were coming off a 1-0 upset victory at No. 10 California on Friday afternoon, October 2.

A sixth clean sheet in succession was not in the cards for San Jose State. The Spartans' shutout streak was snapped at a school-record 491:18. Nina Butera, a San Jose native out of Presentation High School, had her individual shutout streak snapped at four straight. She extended her personal-best shutout string to 446:18. The redshirt junior ultimately fell shy by a mere 39 seconds of former teammate Marissa Dayton's individual school record of 446:57 shutout minutes.

Sacramento State had the first real scoring opportunity of the afternoon, as junior Cori Shreve's effort was saved by Butera just 2:18 into the contest.

The Spartans' first shot of the day came from senior forward Roxy Kamal, wide at 7:12.

Sacramento State finally halted San Jose State's school-record shutout streak at the 10:31 mark, as Shreve settled a failed attempt to clear the ball by the Spartan defense, and found the upper right corner with her right foot from 12 yards out.

Less than eight minutes later, the Spartans were level, as they earned the afternoon's first corner kick by either side, and Hallsie Pacheco found fellow senior Emmy Belding for a back-post header. It was Belding's team-leading fifth goal of the year.

A shot by redshirt Spartan junior Katie Bonadies at 34:02, generated the first save of the match by the Hornets' sophomore goalie, Savannah Abercrombie. Butera followed with her second stop just 1:40 later, on a shot by sophomore Elece McBride.

In the 38th minute, the home side found the crossbar on an attempt by sophomore Caitlin Pulver, with the first period ending in a 1-1 deadlock.

Just 19 seconds after the second-half whistle, Kamal's shot was denied by Abercrombie. The Spartans had a golden opportunity to take their first lead in the 73rd minute, as another Belding header was cleared off the goal line for a Hornet team save. San Jose State then survived a late stretch in regulation during which the Hornets took eight shots and three corner kicks.

Butera finished with seven stops, matching her season high, with a pair in the second overtime. Abercrombie made four saves for Sacramento State. The Hornets out-shot San Jose State, 23-13, including 5-1 during the extra sessions, and had 10 corner kicks to just two.

Sophomore midfielder Kelsy Holm had one last-ditch effort for the Spartans off a corner kick with under 10 seconds left in the final extra period, but her shot went high.

The Spartans return to San Jose late on Sunday night, October 4, and head back into Western Athletic Conference play. San Jose State contests its conference home opener against Louisiana Tech on Friday night, October 9, with kick-off at Spartan Stadium set for 7:30 p.m.

San Jose State (6-4-1) - 1 0 0 0 - 1
Sacramento State (5-3-3) - 1 0 0 0 - 1

SAC - Cori Shreve (3) (unassisted), 10:31
SJSU - Emmy Belding (5) (Hallsie Pacheco), 18:26

SJSU - 13
SAC - 23

SJSU - 7 (Nina Butera-7)
SAC - 5 (Savannah Abercrombie-4; Team-1)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 2
SAC - 10

SJSU - 14
SAC - 13