Scott Scores Winner As Women's Soccer Blanks La. Tech

Ruston, La. - Jessica Scott scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season early in the second half, and the San Jose State University women’s soccer team made the score hold up in a 1-0 shutout defeat of Louisiana Tech University in a Western Athletic Conference game at Joe Aillet Stadium on Friday, October 26.

With the victory, San Jose State is now 4-11-2 overall and evens its league mark at 2-2. The Spartans have now won all three meetings all-time with the Lady Techsters without allowing a goal, out-scoring them, 10-0. Louisiana Tech drops to 2-12-1 overall and a still-winless 0-4-1 in conference play.

For Scott, a junior, it was her team-best third game-winning goal on the year, coming unassisted at the 48:06 mark. True freshman forward Kim Johnston put a cross in from the right that was parried down by a Lady Techster player, with the ball finding the foot of Scott around the 18-yard box, still off toward the right side. Scott took a touch and shot it into the left netting.

Redshirt freshman Nina Butera earned the second individual shutout of her college career in goal, making three saves over the 90 minutes. It was just the third team shutout of the season for the Spartans, and their first since a 2-0 win over Northern Iowa in Pocatello, Idaho, back on September 23.

Senior central defender and team tri-captain Kristin Krale matched the all-time school record in career games started by starting her 78th game for the Spartans. She has not missed a single game since her freshman season began in 2004. Senior teammate and fellow tri-captain Jackie Zabek appeared in the 78th game of her career. She also has not missed a match as a Spartan.

The teams earned credit for a combined 10 shots, with the home side holding a slim edge, 6-4. Just three shots by Louisiana Tech and two by San Jose State were on goal. Scott and LTU freshman Kiva Gresham had two shots apiece to lead their respective teams. Juniors Liz Behlen and Jennifer Guadagnolo accounted for the other two Spartan attempts.

Sophomore LTU goalkeeper Tara Gavlak needed to make just one save in goal.

“I thought we fairly dominated the game,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “By a conservative estimate, we had about 60 percent of play. They had 40. They were a kick-it-forward’ team. They had one fast forward up top who was dangerous, but the back four backed up into the (penalty) box and we didn’t get behind them but more than three times or so.

“Jessica scored in the 49th minute on a heavy shot. She hit it hard, and it hit the ground about five yards before the goalkeeper and skipped into the side netting. We played good defense the rest of the way.”

San Jose State stops over in Logan, Utah, on its return trip, to take on Utah State University (7-10, 3-2 WAC) in another WAC match this Sunday afternoon, October 28. The Aggies pinned Hawai’i with its first league defeat, 3-2, in Logan on Friday.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (4-11-2, 2-2 WAC) - 0 1 - 1
Louisiana Tech (2-12-1, 0-4-1 WAC) - 0 0 - 0

Scoring
SJSU - Jessica Scott (6) (unassisted), 48:06

Shots
SJSU - 4
LTU - 6

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 3 (Nina Butera-3)
LTU - 1 (Tara Gavlak-1)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 1
LTU - 2

Fouls
SJSU - 11
LTU - 10