Spartans Earn A Draw At Hawaii

WAIPAHU, Oahu - Senior Lauren Sanchez's first-half goal gave the San Jose State women's soccer team a lead over the Western Athletic Conference's first-place team, but an equalizer by Hawaii in the 69th minute evened it up at 1-1 and the two teams would play to a draw after two overtime periods Sunday night at Waipio Stadium.

Sanchez scored an unassisted goal just three minutes into the game from 25 yards out, giving the Spartans (3-10-1, 1-1-1 WAC) some early momentum against a Hawaii (4-10-1, 3-1-1 WAC) team that had not lost a WAC game at home all season. The Spartans held that lead for more than an hour's worth of game time, but Hawaii's Alyssa Simbahon broke through with an unassisted goal of her own in the 69th minute off a free kick to tie it.

"(It was) a tremendous goal," San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman said of Sanchez's score. "She just hammered it. It was a gorgeous shot; a world-class goal."

SJSU goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald made six saves in 110 minutes to earn the draw. Maiwald lowered her goals against average for the fourth straight game, this time down to 1.78 for the season. Warriors' 'keeper Kanani Taaca made four stops in goal.

The shot count was even for both teams through regulation. Each team both took five and six shots in the first and second half, respectively, to total 11 each after 90 minutes. The Spartans did not get off a shot in overtime. Hawaii had two shots in extra time, one on goal, but Maiwald made her sixth and final save in the 108th minute to preserve the tie.

The tie is the first of the season for the Spartans. The 1-1 score is the exact result the two teams played to in 2010 at Spartan Stadium. San Jose State is now 1-0-2 against the Warriors since 2009.

"I thought we played really well," said Leightman. "We did exactly what we wanted to. We created a lot of chances. We had some of the best execution we've had all season."

San Jose State is in a tie for fifth place with four points in the WAC alongside New Mexico State with four games to play. Hawaii retains its WAC lead with 10 points, besting second-place Utah State with nine points.

"I feel like every game over the past two weeks we've gotten better," added Leightman. "We're playing better soccer we're playing more complete games."

San Jose State returns home for its final two home games of the season on Friday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 23. Friday, New Mexico State visits for the nightcap of an SJSU men's and women's soccer doubleheader. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Spartans will celebrate Senior Day Sunday in a pregame ceremony before a noon kickoff against Louisiana Tech.

Scoring by Periods
                                                         1     2   OT1  OT2
San Jose State (3-10-1, 1-1-1 WAC)    1     0     0      0    -  1
Hawaii (4-10-1, 3-1-1 WAC)                 0     1     0      0    -  1

SJSU  -- Lauren Sanchez, 2:23
Hawaii -- Alyssa Simbahon, 68:02

Shots
SJSU -- 11
Hawaii -- 13

Corner Kicks
SJSU -- 2
Hawaii -- 2

Saves
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU) -- 6
Kanani Taaca (Hawaii) -- 4