Spartans Win In Wild Finish

SAN JOSE, Calif. - They needed every last second.

With the clock reading 109 minutes, 59 seconds in double overtime, San Jose State's Kelsey Lord was awarded a penalty kick after being dragged down in the box on a breakaway. Lord would convert, giving the Spartans a last-second, 2-1, win over New Mexico State in Spartan Stadium.

Lord's penalty kick was the highlight of a wild finish Friday night, one that saw three yellow cards, a red card, and a game-winning penalty kick with one second left in double overtime - all in the last 88 seconds of the game.

"It got a little crazy at the end," San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman said. "I would say for the first 15 to 20 minutes, we were dominate. Then we kind of opened the door a little bit let (New Mexico State) in the game. I think (New Mexico State) is a dangerous team going forward. They're more organized than they've ever been."

Lord's game-winning goal capped a special night for her, as she not only tallied the winner for the Spartans (4-10-1, 2-1-1 WAC) in the final second, but also set a new San Jose State career record for assists with a helper on Cheryl Kute's goal in the second half. Lord, a junior, now has 18 assists in her career at SJSU.

"Kelsey Lord has done a great job, she's been a catalyst for us," said Leightman. "Sometimes its a challenge for great scorers to create assists for others. She's meant a lot to our team."

The two teams played to a 0-0 score in the first half. It was the ninth time in 15 games this season the Spartans have held their opponent scoreless in the first half. The numbers were pretty even in the first 45 minutes, with San Jose State holding a slight edge over New Mexico State (8-7-2, 1-3-1 WAC) in shots (7-5) and corner kicks (3-2).

Lord took a corner kick in the 56th minute from the far side of the field and sent it straight into the middle of the box. Kute was in position to head the ball directly into the goal on a bang-bang play to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.

The Aggies got their equalizer seven minutes later from Katelynn Tupponce. Tupponce gathered a loose ball at the top of the box after the Spartans attempted to clear it following an Aggies corner kick. She shot straight on from 15 yards away and buried the ball in the top-right corner to tie the score at 1-1.

That score would hold, as San Jose State headed into its fourth overtime game of the season with the same 1-1 score each time, and New Mexico State began its third straight extra-time adventure in as many games.

The Aggies dominated most of the possession in the first 10-minute overtime frame. They took five shots to the Spartans' two, and while none of them were on goal, nearly all of them were close calls. New Mexico State outshot the Spartans 8-4 in overtime and finished the game with a 5-2 corner kicks advantage after halftime.

San Jose State goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald finished the game with four saves, including a critical stop in the second overtime. Erin Wosick ended with five saves in goal for New Mexico State.

With the win, the Spartans move into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference with seven points in the standings. San Jose State will celebrate senior day with a pregame ceremony Sunday preceding the team's game against Louisiana Tech at noon.

Scoring by Period
                                                             1     2    OT1  OT2      F
New Mexico State (8-7-2, 1-3-1 WAC)    0     1      0       0    -   1
San Jose State (4-10-1, 2-1-1 WAC)       0     1      0       1    -    2

SJSU -- Cheryl Kute (Kelsey Lord), 55:20
NMSU -- Katelynn Tupponce, 62:42
SJSU -- Kelsey Lord, 109:59

Shots
NMSU -- 19
SJSU -- 18

Corner Kicks
NMSU -- 7
SJSU -- 5

Saves
Erin Wosick (NMSU) -- 5
Meghan Maiwald (SJSU) -- 4