Women's Soccer Nipped Late Against Hawai'i

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team suffered its 10th one-goal loss of the season late as visiting University of Hawai’i found the lone goal at the 85:38 mark in a Western Athletic Conference game on a windy afternoon at Spartan Field on Sunday, October 21.

With the defeat, San Jose State is now 3-11-2 overall and 1-2 in the WAC. Hawai’i moves to 10-3-2 overall and a still-perfect 3-0 in conference play to begin a three-game league road swing.

Junior forward Taryn Fukuroku tallied her eighth of the season to give her a share of the team goal-scoring lead with just 4:22 left in regulation. Senior midfielder Jessica Domingo, a two-time All-WAC honoree, gave sophomore forward Ambree Ako the ball, who in turn provided a through ball on the ground that Fukuroku corralled on the right side of the penalty box and shot low off the inside of the left post and in for the game-winner. Domingo and Ako were credited with their team-leading eighth and fourth assists of 2007, respectively. Ako was last week’s WAC Offensive Player of the Week.

The Spartans appeared to have the better of a first half that did not feature any clear-cut scoring chances for either side during the run of play. San Jose State produced eight of their season-high nine corner kicks in the frame, including five during the first 15 minutes alone, but could not convert. The previous SJSU high this season was six. Hawai’i, meanwhile, earned no corner kicks in the first half, and just three in the game.

Six minutes into the second half, San Jose State produced two quick shots in succession, first by junior Jennifer Guadagnolo and then by freshman Danielle Drago, but both were saved.

San Jose State narrowly out-shot UH in the first half, 6-5, but finished with 17 on the afternoon to 19 by the Rainbow Wahine. Seven Spartans had two shots apiece, while Fukuroku took a game-high seven for the visitors. Hawai’i did not register its first shot until the 21st minute.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Nina Butera made five saves for the Spartans. Junior Kori Lu, the reigning WAC Defensive Player of the Week, made a pair of stops over the first 73:13, before giving way to Nicole McClure, a true freshman out of Jamaica, N.Y. McClure did not need to make any saves over the final 16:47, earning her third win and the combined shutout with Lu.

Seven of the 10 one-goal San Jose State losses this season have now been by the score of 1-0. In five of those games, the lone goal by the opponent has come over the last 17 minutes of the contest, including a sudden-victory 109th-minute score in the second overtime by Cal State Fullerton at Spartan Field back on September 28. In all, the game-winning goal in seven of those 10 one-goal defeats have been tallied in the last 17 minutes of the game.

San Jose State hits the road next weekend, traveling to Ruston, La., to take on Louisiana Tech University on Friday, October 26, and stopping in Logan, Utah, on the way back to face Utah State University on Sunday, October 28.

SCORING SUMMARY
Hawai’i (10-3-2, 3-0 WAC) - 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (3-11-2, 1-2 WAC) - 0 0 - 0

Scoring
UH - Taryn Fukuroku (8) (Ambree Ako, Jessica Domingo), 85:38

Shots
UH - 17
SJSU - 15

Goalkeeper Saves
UH - 2 (Kori Lu -2, Nicole McClure-0)
SJSU - 5 (Nina Butera-5)

Corner Kicks
UH - 3
SJSU - 9

Fouls
UH - 11
SJSU - 19