Women's soccer grabs first win of 2005 with 2-0 defeat of Idaho

San Jose, Calif. Freshman Liz Behlen scored one goal and assisted on the other as the San Jose State University women's soccer team won for the first time in 2005, earning a 2-0 victory over the University of Idaho in its 2005 Western Athletic Conference home opener at Spartan Stadium on Sunday afternoon, October 9.

Behlen, out of Sunnyvale, Calif., and St. Francis High School, found the target in the 43rd minute, taking a cross from the right by sophomore Erica Ng-Pinkerton and slotting the ball past senior Vandal goalkeeper Lindsay Smith. Sophomore Jackie Zabek was also credited with an assist on what was Behlen’s team-leading third goal on the year.

Jennifer Guadagnolo,herself a freshman, then produced the insurance goal in the 68th minute, hitting a left-footed shot from the left flank which found the far netting after receiving a pinpoint through ball from inside the Spartan half given by Behlen.

“It felt good,” said Guadagnolo of the result and the goal. “We’ve been working hard, we came out strong, and we wanted to win. As for the goal, I’ve been working hard as well, so I was happy to get it.”

Senior goalkeeper Adrienne Herbst made three saves in earning her second shutout of 2005. Smith finished with five stops in the Idaho goal. SJSU outshot the Vandals, 18-6 on the day.

The game marked the second time this season in which the Spartans have scored more than once in a single contest. SJSU tied 2-2 in double overtime at Sacramento State in September.

The win was San Jose State’s first since a 1-0 road defeat of UC Davis on October 22, 2004. The Spartans had gone winless in 16 games since, including a tough 2-1 overtime loss at Boise State on Friday night to open conference play.

“It was a heartbreaker in Idaho, and it was hard to travel and come back,” remarked Herbst. “It was really important for us to get back and get our first win at home. It took a lot of heart to come back out here and get a win. We just keep improving and getting back every game.”

“We played like we have the last few games,” added Spartan head coach Dave Siracusa. “We played well and knocked the ball around. We took 18 shots. We’ve been averaging over a dozen (shots). We took lots of shots on goal, and it’s the second time this year we’ve scored two. The shutout was nice. Adrienne (Herbst) and the defense played well. Getting this win was important for the players. Most importantly, we’re 1-1 in conference, and in control of our own destiny. 0-2 would have been a hard valley to climb out of.”

With the victory, the Spartans improve to 1-10-2 overall and 1-1 in the WAC. Idaho’s ninth straight loss drops its record to 2-11, 0-2.

San Jose State is back at home in more conference action this Friday night, October 14, hosting Utah State at 7:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium.

Idaho (2-11, 0-2) 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (1-10-2, 1-1) 1 1 - 2

SJSU Behlen (Ng-Pinkerton, Zabek), 42:21
SJSU Guadagnolo (Behlen), 67:59

Goalkeeper Saves
UI 5 (Smith-5)
SJSU 3 (Herbst-3)

UI 6
SJSU - 18

Corner Kicks
UI 1

UI - 8
SJSU - 13