First-place women's soccer overwhelms La. Tech, 5-0

San Jose, Calif. - Behind a three-goal first-half hat trick by Jessica Scott and a fourth consecutive shutout performance by its defense, the San Jose State University women’s soccer team routed Louisiana Tech University, 5-0, in a Western Athletic Conference game at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, October 15.

San Jose State has now gone four straight games without allowing a goal for the first time in the 12-year history of the program, and has still not allowed a single goal in league play this season. With the win, the Spartans improve to 6-8-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the WAC, its best start to the conference season since joining in 1996. San Jose State remains alone in first place in the league standings with 10 points through four games. Louisiana Tech drops to 4-7-2 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

FIRST SPARTAN HAT TRICK SINCE 1997

The margin of victory was SJSU’s largest since an 8-1 win at Nevada on October 1, 2000. That contest was also the last time the Spartans scored as many as five goals in a game, and five goals in a single half, as they tallied three times in the first and five more in the second half. Scott’s hat trick was the first by a Spartan player since all-time leading goal-scorer Stacie Savage scored all three SJSU goals in a 3-2 home win over Hawai’i on October 24, 1997. It was just the sixth hat trick in program history, with four of them accomplished in a single half.

Scott’s three goals came at 9:24, 26:21 and 32:48 as San Jose State scored all five of its goals in the first 33 minutes. Scott’s season goal tally now stands at a team-best six. Marissa Dayton, a redshirt freshman, needed to make two saves in the first half for her fourth consecutive individual shutout in goal.

The opening score of the game came via a Heather Oranje through ball that was headed on by Nicole Martinez. Martinez’s flick put Scott one on one with Lady Techster goalkeeper Jill Medigovich, with the sophomore forward putting a well-placed shot into the back of the net. In the 20th minute, Nicole Irwin sent a free kick from the right side to the far post, where Jackie Zabek headed it across the goal and in for her second of 2006. Less than seven minutes later, Scott struck again, assisted by both Irwin and Zabek. Zabek found Irwin, who dribbled up the field before finding Scott with a diagonal pass on the ground, with Scott doing the rest.

MURPHY COLLECTS CONFERENCE-BEST SIXTH ASSIST

The Spartans then scored two goals just 19 seconds apart in the 33rd minute. Scott turned provider for Irwin’s fifth goal of the season, which momentarily put the preseason all-conference duo in a tie for the team lead. The deadlock was short-lived, however, as Scott notched her third goal of the afternoon and sixth of the season almost immediately after the restart. Cristin Murphy’s shot was saved initially by Nicole Didier, who had replaced Medigovich in goal at the 30:21 mark. Murphy then put the rebound across for Scott to tap into the empty net. The assist was Murphy’s sixth of 2006, which leads both the team and the conference.

For the game, San Jose State out-shot Louisiana Tech, 23-3. Twelve of the Spartan shots were on goal, while two of the Lady Techster attempts were on target. Murphy, Scott and Cynthia Pinkney tallied four shots apiece, with Scott and Pinkney each putting three on goal.

Emily Cleaveland, Sarah Chovanec and Amy Wolsted accounted for the Louisiana Tech shots. Medigovich and Didier stopped two and three shots, respectively, with Tara Gavlak playing the final 30 minutes in goal and adding one save.

San Jose State plays one game next week, traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii, to take on defending regular-season WAC champion University of Hawai’i on Sunday, October 22.

SCORING SUMMARY
Louisiana Tech (4-7-2, 0-3 WAC) - 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (6-8-2, 3-0-1 WAC) - 5 0 - 5

Scoring
SJSU - Jessica Scott (4) (Nicole Martinez, Heather Oranje), 9:24
SJSU - Jackie Zabek (2) (Nicole Irwin), 19:23
SJSU - Jessica Scott (5) (Nicole Irwin, Jackie Zabek), 26:21
SJSU - Nicole Irwin (5) (Jessica Scott), 32:29
SJSU - Jessica Scott (6) (Cristin Murphy), 32:48

Shots
LTU - 3
SJSU - 23

Goalkeeper Saves
LTU - 7 (Jill Medigovich-2, Nicole Didier-3, Tara Gavlak-1, Team-1)
SJSU - 2 (Marissa Dayton-2)

Corner Kicks
LTU - 2
SJSU - 3

Fouls
LTU - 12
SJSU - 13