Spartans Defeat New Mexico State, 2-1

October 17, 2010

Las Cruces, N.M.----San Jose State women's soccer tallied a pair of goals to defeat New Mexico State 2-1 on Sunday afternoon, October 17.  The Spartans improve to 8-6-1 and 2-2-1 in WAC play and the Aggies fall to 7-7-2, 1-5-0.

San Jose State scored early to take a 1-0 lead after four minutes of action when freshman midfielder Kayla Santacruz pounded one through from the middle of the box, recording her fifth goal of the year.  Sophomore Kelsey Lord recorded her sixth assist of the season.

In the 39th minute, the Aggies tied the match, 1-1, when sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion headed a ball into the net on a free kick.  Spartan keeper Meghan Maiwald and Aggie keeper Erin Wosick each stopped a pair of shots in the first half.

The Spartans captured a 2-1 lead when junior forward Maria Esquivias scored off a Katie Knopp rebound in the 70th minute, knocking her 16th shot of the season and her first goal of the year for the game-winner.  The Aggies final scoring chance came in the 86th minute when Baili Foutz took a shot after a Spartan yellow card, but Maiwald knocked it down for her sixth save of the match.

"This was a good win for us," stated head coach Jeff Leightman.  "This was a tough game for us.  We have a lot of players banged up, but fortunately our players who usually don't see playing time, stepped up and played big roles for us today.  It's always great when you can get three points, especially on the road." 

The Spartans return home to host a pair of WAC opponents.  First, Nevada visits Spartan Stadium on Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. and second, Utah State visits on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Score by periods                                       
San Jose State (8-6-1, 2-1-1 WAC)           1  1  2    
New Mexico State (7-7-2, 1-5-0 WAC)      1  0  1

Scoring Summary:
San Jose State: Kayla Santacruz (Kelsey Lord), 4:10
New Mexico State: Yolanda McMillion (Baili Foutz, Daisy Hernandez), 39:12
San Jose State: Maria Esquivias (Katie Knopp), 70:18

San Jose State: 6
New Mexico State: 11

Goalkeeper Saves:
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU): 6
Erin Wosick (NMSU): 3

Corner Kicks:
San Jose State: 1
New Mexico State: 6

San Jose State: 8
New Mexico State: 8