Women's soccer blanks Idaho for first 2-0 conference start

Moscow, Idaho - Nicole Irwin scored the game-winner and Marissa Dayton notched the shutout in goal for the second game in a row to lead San Jose State University to a 1-0 victory over the University of Idaho in Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer action at Guy Wicks Field on Sunday, October 8.

With its second straight win, San Jose State improves to 5-8-1 overall and to a perfect 2-0 in WAC play for the first time since the Spartans joined the conference for the 1996 season. SJSU’s best league start previously was 2-0-1 in 2000, with two victories following a tie at Hawai’i to open the WAC slate. Idaho remains winless at 0-14 overall and 0-2 in league play.

FOURTH GAME-WINNER OF IRWIN'S SPARTAN CAREER

Irwin’s goal came at 25:48 on a shot into the left corner following a cross from the right. Senior tri-captains Nicole Martinez and Cynthia Pinkney were credited with their second and third assists, respectively, on the year. The goal was Irwin’s second straight game-winner and third score in two games. She now has four goals to lead the team, with three of them game-winners.

SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT FOR SPARTANS, DAYTON

Dayton, meanwhile, made three more saves for her second shutout in a row following the 3-0 win at home over Boise State on Friday, October 6. The last time the Spartans had consecutive shutouts was late in the 2004 season, when San Jose State topped rival Fresno State, 2-0, at home on October 17, and followed it with a 1-0 shutout at UC Davis on October 22.

The Spartans out-shot the Vandals, 22-13 in the game, including 15-4 over the first 45 minutes, and had seven corner kicks to just two by the hosts. Jessica Scott again led the team in shots with game highs of five total and three on goal.

For Idaho, Sari Morrison had a team-high three shots off the bench. Anna Sandman produced nine saves over the 90 minutes in goal, with seven in the first half.

“This was a pretty tough place to play, and we are happy to get out of here with a 1-0 victory,” said third-year head coach Dave Siracusa following his first visit to Idaho at the helm of the Spartans. SJSU’s only previous visit to Moscow, Idaho, was for a non-conference contest in 2002, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. This is Idaho’s second season as a member of the WAC.

SPARTANS LOOK FOR 3-0 WAC START IN UTAH

San Jose State next travels to Logan, Utah, for the first time to take on WAC foe Utah State University on Friday, October 13.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (5-8-1, 2-0 WAC) - 1 0 - 1
Idaho (0-14, 0-2 WAC) - 0 0 - 0

Scoring
SJSU - Nicole Irwin (4) (Nicole Martinez, Cynthia Pinkney), 25:48

Shots
SJSU - 22
UI - 13

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 3 (Marissa Dayton-3)
UI - 9 (Anna Sandman-9)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 7
UI - 2

Fouls
SJSU - 16
UI - 8