San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State Women’s Soccer team won their second game in a row for the first time in two years as they defeated the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield, 3-0. The win improves the Spartans record to (4-7-3), while Bakersfield falls to (4-11-1).
The Spartans first goal came at the 6:49 mark when a pair of freshmen hooked up one their first collegiate points. Center mid Lauren Sanchez took a long lob pass from defender Angela Santoro and blasted a shot from the right side of the penalty box into the near corner to give the Spartans a, 1-0, lead.
“Bakersfield cleared a corner kick by Roxy (Kamal),” Sanchez said. “Angela (Santoro) came from the back and played a perfect ball. I was right there and it seemed like there were no defenders around so I put it in.”
“Each game our momentum and energy is a lot better,” she added. “Early on our energy level was a problem but as the season progresses we are raising our energy level and getting more comfortable with Coach Leightman’s system.”
The Spartans got their second goal on a deep pass from defender Brittany Boehm who played it to forward Roxy Kamal just outside the penalty box. Kamal outran the defender and from inside the penalty box shot into the lower left corner for her first goal of the year and the first of her career. At the 58:41 mark San Jose State had a 2-0 lead.
“I have a special bond with Roxy,” said Boehm. “She definitely gets open for you. I love playing to feet and that’s what she likes too, so when I see Roxy I know to play to her feet. She does pretty good things with the ball if you get it to her.”
San Jose State tacked on a final goal in the 71st minute when midfielder Katie Bonadies took a through ball from forward Danielle Drago and flicked it over the Bakersfield keeper's head for her second goal of the year and a 3-0 win.
Offensively, the Spartans were led by Bonadies (3 shots, 2 on-goal, 1 goal), Sanchez and Kamal (1 shot, 1 on-goal, 1 goal). Other contributing were Boehm (1 shot , 1 assist), Santoro and Drago (1 assist), Hallsie Pacheco (2 shots, 2 on-goal), Lauren Ng-Pinkerton (1 shot, 1 on-goal), Kaila Waitley (2 shots) and Emmy Belding, Stephanie Righetti and Jennifer Guadagnolo (1 shot).
In net, the Spartans captured their sixth shutout of the year. Nina Butera and Sarah Wisotsky each played a half and each had three saves. Butera go the win and improved her record o 3-2-1 while lowering her GAA to 0.83. Wisotsky’s GAA is now 1.05.
The Spartans have not put together back to back wins since October 15 and 22, 2006, when they defeated Louisiana Tech, 5-0, before traveling to Hawai’i and beating them 4-2.
The Spartans return to Western Athletic Conference play on Sunday, October 19, when they take on the Rainbow Wahine of Hawai’i in Honolulu. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. PST.
Cal State Bakersfield (4-11-1) 0 0 -- 0
San Jose State (4-7-3) 1 2 -- 3
SJSU Lauren Sanchez (1) (Angela Santoro), 6:49
SJSU Roxy Kamal (1) (Brittany Boehm), 58:41
SJSU Katie Bonadies (2) Danielle Drago, 70:15
CSUB 4 (Briana Estolano-4)
SJSU 6 (Nina Butera-3, Sarah Wisotsky-3)
CSUB - 7
SJSU - 5