Reno, Nev. After a crushing defeat in their Western Athletic Conference opener, the San Jose State women’s soccer team defeated the Nevada Wolfpack on a bitterly cold, 44 degree, Sunday afternoon in Reno, Nev. The win improves the Spartans record to (3-7-3, 1-1-0 WAC) while Nevada falls to (1-10-2, 1-1-0 WAC).
In the first half, the Wolfpack got off to a quick start with a shot at the 0:35 second mark that Spartan keeper Nina Butera turned away. At the 3:00 mark, forward Emmy Belding took a pass from forward Stephanie Righetti and beat the Nevada goalkeeper to the far post to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. It was her squad-leading fourth goal of the season and Righetti’s first assist and point of 2008. The goal also ties Belding for the WAC lead in game winners with Fresno State’s Nicole Gutierrez, each has three.
The Spartans managed just two more shots in the period while the Wolfpack took 10 overall (four on-goal), but San Jose State took the 1-0 lead into the half.
In the second half began as the game had. Nevada got off a shot at the 45:18 mark that Butera once again turned away. The Spartans out shot the Wolfpack six to four in the second period and took the victory and three points in the WAC standings.
"We are really pleased with today's result," said head coach Jeff Leightman. "Nevada really played hard and came right at us. We have been talking abut getting the first goal and were fortunate to get it at the 3:00 mark."
"We played hard defensively and with a lot of competitive spirits," he added. "It was important to get these three points after Friday's disappointing loss. I was really proud of our team today."
Offensively the Spartans were led by Belding (3 shots, 2 on-goal, 1 goal) and Righetti (1 assist). Others contributing were Roxy Kamal (2 shots) and Shanelle Furner, Jessica Ingram, Kaila Waitley and Lauren Ng-Pinkerton with one shot each.
In goal, Nina Butera played the entire match, making six saves and recording her second shutout of the season. Her record is now 2-2-1 and she lowered her GAA to 0.89.
On Wednesday, October 15, the Spartans finish their non-conference schedule as they host the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (4-9-1) in a 5:00 p.m. kickoff in Spartan Stadium.
San Jose State (3-7-3, 1-1-0 WAC) 1 0 -- 1
Nevada (1-10-2, 1-1-0 WAC) 0 0 -- 0
SJSU Emmy Belding (4) (Stephanie Righetti), 3:00
SJSU 6 (Nina Butera-6)
NEV 1 (Marie Cove-1)