The defeat drops the San Jose State overall record to 3-10-2. The Spartans finished 1-2 against members of the Big West Conference this season. UC Davis improves to 6-8 overall and 2-1-1 all-time against the Spartans.
The lone goal was scored at 78:24 by sophomore Aggie forward Rochelle VanBuskirk, her fourth this season. Marisa Boge, herself a sophomore forward, hit a cross from the right side that VanBuskirk turned into the far netting. It was Boge’s second assist of 2007.
San Jose State had one last quality chance to tie it with 4:26 left to play when junior midfielder Liz Behlen got loose around the Aggie penalty area and was able to put a shot on goal, only for freshman UCD goalkeeper Sarah Peters to make the save and preserve her third individual shutout of the year.
Earlier in the period, freshman midfielder Lauren Ng-Pinkerton put a shot wide from close range off a cross from the right. With under 14 minutes to go, junior forward Jessica Scott fired a low shot from the right side that found the left post. Behlen pounced on the rebound and poked it home, but she was judged to be offsides and thus the goal was disallowed.
Arguably the best chance UC Davis had to score prior to its goal, came in the 76th minute, when senior forward Dayna Dumont was able to get around San Jose State’s redshirt freshman goalkeeper, Nina Butera, only for her low-angel shot from the left side to be denied off the goalline by senior midfielder Jackie Zabek for a team save.
Zabek had produced San Jose State’s best chance to score in the first half, getting her head to a right-sided cross, but the shot hitting the top of the cross bar and going over for a goal kick.
Zabek finished with a game-high four shots, while Butera made five saves.
For UC Davis, VanBuskirk, Megan Wall and Jordan Martin had three shots apiece. Peters made a trio of stops.
“It seemed like a bit of a lackluster game by both teams,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “It was played pretty much between the (penalty) boxes, in the middle of the field. I didn’t think our soccer was bad. We took 16 shots. That’s quite a few shots. We just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities, but that has been the story of our year. We have to keep working on our finishing.
“This was our last non-conference game, and we are looking forward now to Sunday and playing Hawai’i.”
San Jose State returns to Western Athletic Conference play for good this Sunday, October 21, playing host to the University of Hawai’i. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Spartan Field against the Rainbow Wahine, who are currently a perfect 2-0 in league play. The Spartans are 1-1.
UC Davis (6-8) - 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (3-10-2) - 0 0 - 0
UCD - Rochelle VanBuskirk (4) (Marisa Boge), 78:24
UCD - 17
SJSU - 16
UCD - 3 (Sarah Peters-3)
SJSU - 6 (Nina Butera-5; Team-1)
UCD - 7
SJSU - 6
UCD - 11
SJSU - 9