Early Goal Stands Up As Spartans Hold Off Aggies, 1-0

Oct. 22, 2004

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - Vanessa Afonso's goal in the 11th minute was all the offense the Spartan needed as San Jose State posted its third shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory over UC Davis in a non-conference women's soccer game Friday afternoon at Aggie Field.

With the loss the Aggies see their two-game winning streak snapped and fall to 5-9-1 on the season while the Spartans hold an identical 5-9-1 record.

Early on it was the Aggies who looked to score first as Sita Kuteira's blast from the inside the 18-yard box struck the crossbar before being cleared away by a Spartan defender. Minutes later, a long ball was sent to the middle of the field by the Spartans and it looked as though the Aggies would regain possession. Afonso ended up with the ball and after a few touches, cut back to the middle of the field where she launched a long shot from 25 yards out. The left-footed shot sailed just out of the reach of Aggie goalkeeper Krystyn Lizak and under the crossbar with the only score of the contest.

The Aggies still had chances following in the goal, but twice the Aggies were looking at a one-versus-one situation with Spartan keeper Erin Lavey and both times did not put a shot on goal.

For the game the Aggies outshot the Spartans, 15-10, but managed just two shots on goal, which Lavey saved as she recorded her first win of the season. UC Davis outshot San Jose State 7-3 in the second half but came away empty. In the Aggie net Lizak finished the game with three saves.

"We had our chances today and just squandered the opportunities," said Aggie head coach MaryClaire Robinson. "We didn't have any urgency to score today and that has been rare this season. We have to do a better job of forcing their keeper to make saves. If you don't, you walk away hungry."

UC Davis is next in action on Sunday when it travels south to face UC Irvine in Irvine. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.