Women's Soccer Loses Heartbreaker In Double OT

San Jose, Calif. On the wind-swept Friday afternoon, the San Jose State Spartans women’s soccer team had the air sucked out of them with four seconds left in double overtime loss to Fresno State. The loss, 1-0, leaves the Spartans record at (2-7-3, 0-1-0 WAC) and Fresno State improves to (5-7-1, 1-0-0 WAC).

In the first half of both squads conference opener, neither was able to gain a real advantage with the Spartans getting off three shots, two of which were turned away by the Bulldogs keeper.  Fresno State took five shots, three by Nicole Gutierrez and the half ended at, 0-0.

In the second half, Fresno State was able to mount a stronger attack and attempted 10 shots, but just two reached Spartan keepers.  At the 71:26 mark Nina Butera, the Spartans starter in net, was replaced by Sarah Wisotsky, when she got something in her eye.

“It was so windy,” said Butera.  “Something got up into the top of my eye and I couldn’t get it out and I couldn’t see.”

The Spartans managed four shots in the second half and reached the Fresno State keeper, but San Jose State was unable to score and the match went to overtime tied at, 0-0.

In the first overtime, the Bulldogs got the first serious chance of the match.  Gutierrez took a pass from Ali Sill and blasted a shot from six yards out that Wisotsky stopped to preserve the tie.  At the 96:54 mark, Spartan Roxy Kamal took a pass from Stephanie Righetti and headed just over the crossbar.

With 6:53 left in the second overtime, Spartan Hallsie Pacheco unleashed a blast from point blank range on the right side of the goal that would have won the match, but Bulldog keeper Kaitlyn Revel made a spectacular save.  Then with less than 10 seconds left, Revel booted a ball that Sill redirected to the foot of Gutierrez, who shot it into the left corner for a, 1-0, Fresno State win.

“It was heartbreaking,” said head coach Jeff Leightman of the loss.  “I not sure what happened on that last play, but with four seconds left in double overtime, it is crushing to lose that way.  I thought that a 0-0 tie would have been a justified result.”

“I thought Lauren Sanchez played exceptionally well today at defensive center mid,” said Leightman.  “She was winning balls and keeping balls and really just had a whale of a game.”

Offensively the Spartans were led by Pacheco (2 shots, 2 on-goal) and Lauren Sanchez (2 shots, 2 on-goal).  Kaila Waitley, Shanelle Furner and Angela Santoro added one shot, on goal each.  Roxy Kamal took two shots.  Emmy Belding and Stephanie Righetti each attempted one shot.

In goal, Nina Butera played 71:26 and made one save, lowering her GAA to 1.05.  Sarah Wisotsky was in goal the final 38:30, made four saves and allowed one goal.  Her record is now 0-1-0.

The Spartans return to action on Sunday, October 12 when they travel to Reno, Nev., to take on WAC foe Nevada in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.  Fans can follow the action on Live Stats by logging on to www.sjsuspartans.com.

SCORING SUMMARY
Fresno State (5-7-1, 1-0-0)    0  0  0  1  --  1
San Jose State (2-7-3, 0-1-0)    0  0  0  0  --  0

Scoring
FS Nicole Gutierrez (4), (Ali Sill, Kaitlyn Revel), 109:56

Shots
FS 22
SJSU 11

Goalkeeper Saves
FS 7 (Kaitlyn Revel-7)
SJSU 5 (Nina Butera-1, Sarah Wisotsky-4)

Corner Kicks
FS 10
SJSU 4

Fouls
FS 16
SJSU 22