Spartans Fall In Overtime

October 15, 2010

Ruston, La.----Faced with two unanswered goals in the final seven minutes of regulation time, the Spartans ran out of time, falling 5-4 in overtime at Louisiana Tech.  San Jose State (7-6-1, 1-1-1 WAC) tied a season-high four goals, the most Louisiana Tech (13-4-0, 3-2-0 WAC) allowed all season.

The Spartans took control early when Katie Knopp tipped the ball towards Shanelle Furner, who lobbed the ball 40 yards over the head of goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke for the 1-0 lead in the 4th minute.  The Spartans continued to drive, scoring a second, when Kayla Santacruz found Kelsey Lord in the corner.  Lord knocked the ball through in the 11th minute, giving the Spartans a 2-0 shutout at the half.

The Lady Techsters scored in the 59th minute, but the Spartans answered with a 20-yard rocket from Lord, her second of the game.  Five minutes later, a corner kick by Tech proved costly when Chelsey White headed the ball past goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald in the 67th mark.  The Spartans weren't done scoring and answered with a goal from Santacruz with ten minutes remaining, making it  4-2.  Megan Molina was credited with the assist.

The Spartans allowed two goals in the final seven minutes, one off of a controversial red card, giving Tech a penalty kick, when Sarah Fraser was handed a second yellow card.  Down one player in overtime, Kiva Gresham took the ball at the ten yard mark and knocked it past Maiwald for a hat trick and the game-winner.

Meghan Maiwald grabbed a season-high ten saves.

"This one hurts a lot," explained head coach Jeff Leightman.  "We (SJSU) pretty much controlled the pace of the first, going up 2-0 at the half.  Up 4-2 in the second, I needed to have made some adjustments, but we will learn from this.  Unfortunately the PK was called and that cost us the game."

The Spartans travel west to New Mexico State on Sunday, October 17.  Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Score by periods                                       
San Jose State (7-6-1, 1-1-1 WAC)          2  2  0  4    
Louisiana Tech (13-4-0, 3-2-0 WAC)         0  4  1  5

Scoring Summary:
San Jose State: Shanelle Furner (Katie Knopp), 4:14
San Jose State: Kelsey Lord (Kayla Santacruz), 10:55
Louisiana Tech: Kiva Gresham (Scotti Culton), 59:33
San Jose State: Kelsey Lord, 62:23
Louisiana Tech: Chelsea White (Paige Dunn), 67:28
San Jose State: Kayla Santacruz (Megan Molina), 79:20
Louisiana Tech: Kiva Gresham (Emily Brennan), 83:38
Louisiana Tech: Scotti Culton, 89:30
Louisiana Tech: Kiva Gresham (Scotti Culton), 94:44

San Jose State:  14
Louisiana Tech:  32

Goalkeeper Saves:
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU):  10
Caitlin Updyke (LTU): 5

Corner Kicks:
San Jose State:  0
Louisiana Tech:  9

San Jose State: 8
Louisiana Tech: 7