Spartans Rally For Win With Late Goals

Oct. 10, 2010

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - San Jose State rallied late in the second half to score a pair of goals, en route to a 2-1 win over the UC Davis women's soccer team Sunday, at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis, Calif.

After a scoreless first half, Lisa Kemp converted on the first goal of the game for the Aggies midway through the second half.  The lead was short lived however, as the Spartans tied the game in the 79th minute before scoring the eventual game winner with just two minutes remaining in regulation.  With the loss, UC Davis dropped to 5-7-1 overall, while SJSU improved to 7-5-1.

In a physical first half, each team had opportunities to get on the board, but neither could find the back of the net.  UC Davis had seven shots in the opening period, including four shots on goal.  

The back and forth action saw five shots for the Spartans, three of which were on goal, with the Aggies holding a 5-2 advantage in corners.  UC Davis had two yellow cards in the first half, both coming after a battle for possession.  

The end of the first half featured a scramble after an Aggie corner, but the SJSU keeper safely collected the ball to keep the score tied 0-0 at the intermission.  

The physical play continued in the second half, with UC Davis drawing their third yellow card of the game.  Despite the fouls called, the Aggies controlled much of the action, with four unanswered shot to start the period.

UC Davis finally broke free midway through the second half, as Kemp weaved through a pair of defenders and placed a goal in the upper left corner.  The gaol came in the 69th minute and marked Kemp's fourth goal of the season.

SJSU managed to answer late in the half, scoring the equalizer on a Cheryl Kute goal from outside the 25.  The Spartans continued to test the Aggie defense, before Katie Knopp scored the go ahead goal on a rebound from Kelsey Lord's previous shot.  The goal came at the 88:09 mark and SJSU was able to hang on in the final two minutes for the 2-1 win.

Kathleen Brandl started in goal for UC Davis and recorded three saves in the first half, while Maria Magana picked up the loss after six saves and two goal allowed in the second half.  For the Spartans, Meghan Maiwald earned the win after a complete game and seven saves.

"The hope was that we could sit on our lead a little longer than we did," said head coach MaryClaire Robinson.  "That's what stings about this one.  We had enough dangerous opportunities to really convert and put the game away.  To not do that and have it slip away in the last couple minutes, this one stings a bit."

"The challenge is to stay focused and play a full 90 minutes," continued Robinson.  "I think that if we were able to finish some of our chances today, obviously we could have had a different result.  The great news is that we only have one game next weekend.  That gives us a little time to rest some kids."

UC Davis will play just one game next week, traveling to face off with Big West foe UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.