Eight Spartan seniors, all of whom were freshmen during fourth-year head coach Dave Siracusa’s first season in 2004, were recognized in a pre-game ceremony ahead of their final home appearance. The group included Nicole Irwin, Krale Krale, Kelly Madej, Erica Ng-Pinkerton, Heather Oranje, Heidi Romswinckel-Guise, Tasha Van Dixhorn and Jackie Zabek. All eight saw action in the contest, including all eight of them together during a 12-minute stretch late in the first half.
San Jose State concludes the regular season at 4-14-2 overall and 2-5 in the WAC. Boise State improves to 9-6-3 overall and 5-1-1 in league play.
The Spartans stepped onto the field Sunday afternoon having already been assured of a spot in the 2007 WAC Tournament, to begin in Boise, Idaho, this Thursday, November 8, when Fresno State won at Nevada earlier in the day, 3-1. Pending the result of the game in Honolulu late Sunday (7:00 PT) between Hawai’i and Idaho, San Jose State will compete at the event either as the fifth seed or the sixth. The Spartans will play a first-round game on Thursday at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.
Saxton, a first-year collegiate player out of Beaverton, Ore., increased her conference-leading numbers to 17 goals and 39 total points with scores at the 29:57 and 60:56 marks. Both were produced in similar fashion, with pinpoint through passes down the center of the field sending Saxton in toward the Spartan goal, and Saxton calmly slotting the ball on the ground and into the back of the net on each occasion. The goals were assisted by Cheyenne Jones, another freshman, and junior Randi Baker, respectively.
Saxton finished with game highs of five shots and four shots on goal. Romswinckel-Guise and Jessica Scott collected three shots apiece to pace the Spartans, who out-shot the Broncos as a team, 14-13, including 9-6 during a first half that saw several scoring chances by both sides.
In the 11th minute, Scott’s powerful shot from 35 yards away was barely tipped over the crossbar by sophomore Bronco goalie Jennifer Burns for a corner kick. Boise State was not credited with its first shot of the contest until the 13:08 mark of the first half, with Nina Butera saving Jones’ attempt.
Sixteen minutes in, Saxton crossed from the right for Jones, only for Butera to catch Jones’ point-blank effort. In the 25th minute, Liz Behlen latched onto a nice pass down the right wing by Zabek and put a cross in that Romswinckel-Guise got her head to, but Burns came up with the stop. The Spartans had another decent opportunity to get on the board in the 37th minute when Oranje’s shot was saved by Burns.
Burns collected six saves in all to earn her fourth individual shutout of the year for the visitors, while Butera made four stops for San Jose State.
The closest the Spartans came to scoring in the second half came with under 19 minutes left to go, when a deep free kick found Behlen inside the box. Behlen’s header was deflected by Burns off the crossbar, with Krale’s shot on the rebound going wide of the goal. At 86:25, Scott forced Burns to make one last diving stop.
Boise State (9-6-3, 5-1-1 WAC) - 1 1 - 2
San Jose State (4-14-2, 2-5 WAC) - 0 0 - 0
BSU - Shannon Saxton (16) (Cheyenne Jones), 29:57
BSU - Shannon Saxton (17) *Randi Baker), 60:56
BSU - 13
SJSU - 14
BSU - 6 (Jennifer Burns-6)
SJSU - 4 (Nina Butera-4)
BSU - 3
SJSU - 4
BSU - 13
SJSU - 13