Women's Soccer Drops 3-2 Decision To Utah State

San Jose, Calif. Despite playing what head coach Jeff Leightman called their best match of the year, the San Jose State women’s soccer team dropped their final regular season home match, 3-2, to the Western Athletic Conference regular season champion Utah State Aggies. The win moved Utah State to 11-7-1 overall and 6-0-0 in the WAC.  The loss leaves the Spartans 4-9-4 and 1-3-1 in the WAC.

The Spartan opened the scoring at the 22:54 mark when forward Roxy Kamal fed forward Emmy Belding who played a beautiful give and go just inside the 18-yard box back to Kamal who blasted it into the upper right side of the goal giving the Spartans at 1-0 lead.  The goal was Kamal’s second of the year and the assist was Belding’s first of 2008.

In the 40th minute the Aggies Chandra Salmon knocked a header into the right corner of the net off a free kick from Lindsey Smart to tie the score at 1-1.  Four minutes later Heather Pond scored on another header off a cross from the right side to give the Aggies a 2-1 lead.  The assist went to Candice Clark and Lindsey Smart.

The Spartans battled back and got the equalizer at the 44:15 mark when mid Lauren Ng-Pinkerton took a corner kick from the right side that defender Jessica Ingram knocked in at the far post.  The goal was Ingram’s first of the year as was the assist to Ng-Pinkerton. The sides went to the locker room tied at 2-2.

“Lauren played a great ball right to the front of the goal,” said Ingram.  “I knocked it in with my knee, which was a big lift for us.”

The Aggies took the lead in the 60th minute when Candice Clark played a cross from Lindsey Smart and headed it into the left corner to net the game winner, 3-2.

“There were a couple of times where we lost focus and those were the times when Utah State scored,” said head coach Jeff Leightman.  “They are very dangerous and they are very good at flighting the ball and heading then heading it in.”

“I thought we were on top of the game for the most part,” he added.  “I was really proud of the way the team played today.  Despite the result, I can’t say enough about how hard we played and how hard we competed.”

“We trained really well yesterday and our effort today showed it.  We have to train that hard all next week and then go to Idaho and Boise State and play with this type of effort in order to get where we want to be (the WAC Tournament).  I know we can do it.”

Offensively the Spartans were led by Kamal (3 shots, 2 on-goal, 1 goal) and Ingram (1 shot, 1 on-goal, 1 goal), as well as, Emmy Belding (1 shot, 1 assist) and Ng-Pinkerton (1 assist).  Others who contributed were Lauren Sanchez (1 shot, 1 on-goal) and Brittany Boehm, Stephanie Righetti, Katie Bonadies Kelsy Holm and senior Kaila Waitley with one shot each.

In goal, Nina Butera went the distance making six saves and allowing three goals.  Her record is now 3-3-2 overall and her GAA stands at 1.14.

The match also marked, Senior Day, the final time that three senior midfielders, Kaila Waitley, Lauren Moniz and Jennifer Guadagnolo, would take the field in Spartan Stadium.  Each played four years at San Jose State.

Next week the Spartans will make their last regular season road trip when they head to Idaho and face the Vandals on Halloween eve, Friday, October 31, in a 3:00 p.m. kickoff.  On Sunday, November 2 they will play their final regular season match in Boise, Idaho against the Broncos.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
Utah State (11-7-1, 6-0-0 WAC)        2  1  --  3
San Jose State (4-9-4, 1-3-1 WAC)        2  0  --  2

Scoring
SJSU Roxy Kamal (2) (Emmy Belding), 22:54
USU Chandra Salmon (1) (Lindsey Smart), 39:39
USU Heather Pond (3) (Candice Clark, Lindsey Smart), 43:48
SJSU Jessica Ingram (1) (Lauren Ng-Pinkerton), 44:15
USU Candice Clark (5) (Lindsey Smart), 56:19

Shots

USU 11
SJSU 11

Goalkeeper Saves
USU 2 (Ali Griffin-2)
SJSU 6 (Nina Butera-6)

Corner Kicks
USU 1
SJSU 4

Fouls
USU 14
SJSU - 11