First-place women's soccer plays to 0-0 draw at Utah State

Logan, Utah - The first-place San Jose State University women’s soccer team remained undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play with a 0-0 tie against Utah State at Chuck & Gloria Bell Soccer Field on Friday, October 13.

The result gave the Spartans a third straight shutout, matching a school-record three-game scoreless string in October, 1996, against Cal State Hayward, Michigan State and Hawai’i. San Jose State has yet to allow a goal in the 2006 WAC season. Marissa Dayton, a redshirt freshman, made a career-high 13 saves to record her third straight individual shutout.

The draw puts the San Jose State record at 5-8-2 overall and 2-0-1 in the WAC. Utah State moves to 6-7-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play. This matches SJSU’s best league start, with the Spartans having also gotten out of the gate at 2-0-1 in 2000, with back-to-back victories following a tie at Hawai’i.

SPARTANS STAY ATOP CONFERENCE STANDINGS

In Utah State’s second season as a member of the WAC, this was San Jose State’s first visit to Logan. The Spartans remain alone in first place in the league standings with seven points through three games.

Dayton made six saves in each half, including a crucial stop on a one-on-one in the first half, and added a 13th in the first of the two 10-minute overtime periods. She had previously produced a pair of nine-save games.

San Jose State was out-shot, 30-16, in the game, including 12-6 in the second half. Jessica Scott and Heidi Romswinckel-Guise were each credited with three shots for the Spartans. Jennifer Guadagnolo, Hallsie Pacheco and Jackie Zabek added two shots apiece, with both of Zabek’s efforts on goal. Seven of the 16 Spartan shot attempts were on target.

For Utah State, 2005 first-team All-WAC selection Charity Weston had a game-high 10 shots, with four on goal. Ali Griffin made seven saves over 110 minutes for her fifth shutout of 2006.

“This was a crazy match, but we played well,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “(Utah State) pinned us a little bit in the second half and we struggled from time to time in the attack, but we didn’t break and gutted out a result. It’s another shutout. We still have not been scored on in conference play. Marissa (Dayton) had 13 saves and stopped a one-on-one in the first half that was just huge for us. She was confident and played well the whole game. The entire backline played well under pressure all game, and we gutted it out. I’m proud of the girls.”

LOUISIANA TECH UP NEXT AT HOME ON SUNDAY

San Jose State hosts Louisiana Tech University in another WAC contest this Sunday, October 15. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for approximately 2:30 p.m., as the second half of a Spartan soccer doubleheader. The San Jose State men’s team hosts Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Air Force at 12:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (5-8-2, 2-0-1 WAC) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
Utah State (6-7-1, 1-0-1 WAC) - 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring
None

Shots
SJSU - 16
USU - 30

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 13 (Marissa Dayton-13)
USU - 7 (Ali Griffin-7)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 2
USU - 3

Fouls
SJSU - 16
USU - 13