Moscow, Idaho - Zoe Makrigiannis made 10 saves but could not help her team overcome a two-goal defecit, as San Jose State women's soccer (3-10-1, 1-4-0 WAC) was shut out by the University of Idaho, 2-0, in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) match at Guy Wicks Field Thursday afternoon.
"Idaho outworked, outplayed, and outcompeted us, and they won," said San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman. "This was a desperate game and they wanted it more."
The Vandals (4-11-1, 1-2-1 WAC) dominated the first half, doubling the number of shots taken by the Spartans, 16-to-8.
Idaho's leading scorer, Chelsea Small, broke through five minutes in to the second half. Megan Lopez passed the ball to Small in front of the Spartans goal, and Small headed it past Makrigiannis.
The Vandals doubled its lead at the 73-minute mark. Annie Millard scooped up her own rebound and knocked it past Makrigiannis to close out scoring.
Makrigiannis finished the match with 10 saves recorded, six more than Vandals' goalkeeper Liz Boyden.
Said Leightman, "Zoe made great saves. She kept us in the game."
Kacey Gricius led the Spartans in shots on the day with four of her team's 14 shots.
"The bottom line is that Idaho was better than us and we will move on," said Leightman. "At this point, we have to battle and score goals in the next three games to put ourselves in a position to make the conference tournament."
San Jose State returns home on Sunday, October 14, when it hosts the Seattle University Redhawks. The match is the second in a soccer double header, and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.