Reno, Nev. - San Jose State University defeated the University of Nevada, 3-1, in a Western Athletic Conference game at Mackay Stadium on Friday night, October 16.
With the win, the Spartans extend their school-record unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2) and move into a tie atop the WAC standings with a 3-0-1 conference record. The Spartans' overall record now sits at 8-4-2, and the loss drops the Wolf Pack to 5-10, 2-2 in the WAC.
The Spartans dictated the early pace, scoring in the seventh minute on a 30-yard blast from the reigning conference offensive player of the week, Roxy Kamal. Kamal's goal was her sixth of the season and gave the team a 1-0 lead that they took to the locker room at halftime.
The second half scoring went like the first, with an early Spartan goal. In the 50th minute, Hallsie Pacheco found Kelsey Lord, who shot one past the charging Wolf Pack goalie into the empty net for a 2-0 lead. The score remained the same until Pacheco scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute after Amanda Martin was taken down in the box. The goal capped off a rough night in the net for Nevada's goalie, Marie Cove, who allowed three goals on just five Spartan shots, saving only one.
The shutout was broken up moments later when the Wolf Pack's Natalie Ratnavira retaliated from 30 yards away, blasting one past Spartan goalie Nina Butera, who had five saves on the night. The Spartans were out-shot, 13 to five, but won the game, 3-1.
Spartan second-year head coach Jeff Leightman was pleased with his team's performance. "We played hard and battled. The turf makes it really difficult to play here, but we played well at times. Overall, I am satisfied with the win on the road," said Leightman. The win gives the Spartans a five-game road unbeaten streak, which matches the school record which was originally set in 1999.
Next up for the Spartans is a critical road test in Logan, Utah, against the defending regular-season conference champion and pre-season favorite Utah State. The Spartans, who are tied atop the standings with 10 points, have just a one-point lead over the Aggies heading into Sunday's game, which will take place at Chuck & Gloria Bell Soccer Field at noon Pacific.
San Jose State (8-4-2, 3-0-1 WAC) - 1 2 - 3
Nevada (5-10, 2-2 WAC) - 0 1 - 1
SJSU - Roxy Kamal (6) (Angela Santoro), 6:14
SJSU - Kelsey Lord (5) (Hallsie Pacheco), 49:45
SJSU - Hallsie Pacheco (4) (Penalty kick), 75:01
NEV - Natalie Ratnavira (3) (unassisted), 75:49
SJSU - 5
NEV - 13
SJSU - 5 (Nina Butera-5)
NEV - 1 (Marie Cove-1)
SJSU - 2
NEV - 5
SJSU - 6
NEV - 7