San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State women's soccer team played to a scoreless draw with visiting New Mexico State at Spartan Stadium in a Sunday afternoon battle for the top spot in the WAC.
The tie gives the Spartans their first 2-0-1 start in conference play since 2006, and extends the team's school-record unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2). The Spartans' overall record is now 7-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the WAC. The team sits three points behind the first-place Aggies, who are now 8-5-1 overall and 3-0-1 in league play in their first season of women's soccer.
On a blustery afternoon, the Spartans had the majority of the chances, but New Mexico State's starting goalie, Katie Graul, was up to the challenge, making six saves. Spartan goalie Nina Butera wasn't called upon as often, but still came up big, making three saves and notching her 10th career shutout, one off the school record.
The Spartans dictated the pace early and within the first seven minutes, senior midfielder Hallsie Pacheco played a ball forward to freshman Kelsey Lord, who crossed into the middle for senior Roxy Kamal, but the Aggie defender was a step quicker, booting it away for the game's first corner kick. In the 15th minute, back-to-back short passes by sophomore midfielder Shanelle Furner and Kamal found Emmy Belding around the penalty spot, but the senior striker's shot went just wide to the left of the NMSU goal.
The game's best chances came midway through the final overtime period, when Lord found Belding for a shot that was turned away by the Aggie net-minder. Just moments later, Lord ran onto Kamal's perfect through ball and had her shot sail inches wide of the left post.
In all, San Jose State out-shot New Mexico State, 21-11. Belding produced a game-high six, with three on goal.
The second-place Spartans head back on the road this week for two pivotal conference matches, starting with a visit to Reno to play the Nevada Wolf Pack.
New Mexico State (8-5-1, 3-0-1 WAC) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (7-4-2, 2-0-1 WAC) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
NMSU - 11
SJSU - 21
NMSU - 6 (Katie Graul-6)
SJSU - 3 (Nina Butera-3)
NMSU - 2
SJSU - 9
NMSU - 7
SJSU - 16