Reno, Nev. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team advanced via a penalty kick tiebreaker past Boise State University in the opening game of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Mackay Stadium on Thursday, November 2.
The fourth-seeded Spartans move on to play top-seeded defending WAC Tournament champion Fresno State in the tournament’s first semifinal on Friday, November 3, at 3:00 p.m. at Mackay Stadium. Fresno State, along with second-seeded Utah State, were idle with first-round byes on Thursday.
The result officially goes down as a 0-0 tie, with the Spartans advancing on penalty kicks, 4-2. San Jose State moves its record to 7-10-3 overall, while fifth-seeded Boise State ends its season at 7-7-4.
SPARTANS PERFECT IN TIEBREAKER
Jessica Scott led off the tiebreaker with a goal for San Jose State. After Molly McDonald knotted matters for Boise State, Nicole Irwin found the upper corner with her shot. Brennan Lau followed for the Broncos, but Spartan goalkeeper Marissa Dayton dove to her left to save the attempt and put her side in command. Kristin Krale and Jackie Zabek converted their chances around a successful try by Brittney Dugger. When Alli Tsuchida’s penalty hit the left post behind Dayton and bounced back, San Jose State was on to the next round.
Dayton finished with six saves over the 110 minutes of actual play, as the redshirt freshman earned credit for her fifth shutout of the season. Her counterpart, Bronco senior Kim Parker, stopped nine SJSU shots to also garner a clean sheet.
The game was played on an even level throughout, with each team collecting 19 shots. The Spartans had nine shots on goal, to six by Boise State. Individually, Liz Behlen and Nicole Coleman had four shots apiece for SJSU and BSU, respectively. Behlen’s three shots on goal were a game high.
“I thought we were more dangerous than (Boise State was), but it doesn’t look that way in the statistics,” said third-year San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa. “It’s another shutout for Marissa, over 110 minutes. Our defense played great. Our attacking was also decent. We took 19 shots, with nine on frame. It would have been nice to win in regulation, but now we just gut up and get ready for (Fresno State) tomorrow.
"BIG-TIME SAVE" BY DAYTON
“Marissa is just a money goalkeeper. She comes up with big saves on a consistent basis. (On the stop in the penalty kick tiebreaker), she flew across the goal and made a big-time save.”
"We played a lot better on the (Mackay Stadium) turf than the last time (a 3-1 defeat)," said Dayton. "We were ready for it. (The game) was tougher than we expected, with it being a tournament game, with much more at stake. But the defense stuck in there, especially over the last 15 minutes of regulation when it was really high-tension since no goals had been scored. The overtime seemed to go quickly, with lots of action.
"I don't really look at it the same way (as most other people)," added Dayton about the penalty kick shootout. "It's way more low-pressure for me than a game, because nobody is thinking that (the goalkeeper) is going to stop it. I like them."
San Jose State created the game’s first scoring chance in the second minute, with Behlen’s shot saved by Parker following a nice through pass by Scott into the penalty box.
Boise State’s first shot came in the ninth minute, with Katie Keller’s effort going wide left. The Broncos then produced their best chance to score in the 19th minute when Annie Tom headed a free kick off the crossbar, and her rebound effort trickled wide of Dayton’s goal.
In the 27th minute, Spartan midfielder Cristin Murphy dribbled the ball past several Boise State defenders and into the penalty area before her shot went wide of the goal. The contest remained scoreless heading into the halftime break, with the Spartans holding a 7-6 shot advantage, including a 3-2 edge in shots on goal.
Cynthia Pinkney entered the game at halftime for San Jose State and took the first shot by either team in the second half 9:29 into the period, her attempt going high. The Spartans also tallied the first shot on goal of the second half, when Murphy’s attempt from the left flank was stopped by Parker.
Dayton dove to her right to make a nice save on a Lau shot in the 69th minute. The Broncos also had an opportunity in the 74th minute when Coleman’s shot flashed wide.
END-TO-END ACTION IN OVERTIME
The action picked up in overtime, as early in the first extra period, San Jose State’s first corner kick of the match resulted in a close-range shot by Brittny Beshore that went just high of the Bronco goal. Lau followed a short time later with a laser from distance that went straight to Dayton for the save.
Both teams continued to press for the game-winner through the remainder of the frame. Behlen had a good chance for the Spartans from the right side of the penalty box in the 98th minute, but was unable to get past Parker in net. The teams combined for 11 shots in the first overtime after managing just 10 shots together in the second half of regulation.
Nicole Martinez’s shot in the 103rd minute necessitated a diving save by Parker to open the second overtime. Martinez added an attempt that went just wide to the left a little over a minute later. The remaining seconds ticked off the clock without a goal, bringing on penalty kicks.
"This was the type of win that we needed," said Krale, who added a successful penalty kick attempt to a stellar defensive job as the Spartan anchor on the back-line. "It was maybe better in a way for us to go to penalty kicks rathen than win comfortably, so that our hopes don't go too far up or we become overconfident heading into this game against Fresno State."
"We worked together well as a team on defense," concluded Zabek. "We didn't give up a goal. (Boise State) just had some little chances."
About her penalty kick, Zabek said, "I was nervous at first, but once I got up to the (penalty spot), then I knew where it was going to go."
Boise State (7-7-4) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (7-10-3) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
BSU - 19
SJSU - 19
BSU - 9 (Kim Parker-9)
SJSU - 6 (Marissa Dayton-6)
BSU - 3
SJSU - 1
BSU - 14
SJSU - 13
Penalty Kick Tiebreaker
SJSU - Jessica Scott (Good)
BSU - Molly McDonald (Good)
SJSU - Nicole Irwin (Good)
BSU - Brennan Lau (Saved to Left)
SJSU - Kristin Krale (Good)
BSU - Brittney Dugger (Good)
SJSU - Jackie Zabek (Good)
BSU - Alli Tsuchida (Left Post)