EARLY GOAL LEADS SAN JOSE STATE PAST WOMEN’S SOCCER 1-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose State struck for an early goal in the 13th minute and, in a very physical second half in which each team was issued a red card, was able to fend off the Hornets and finish 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon.
Sacramento State (2-2-0) took a loss in its first road game of the season and San Jose State (1-2-0) picked up its first victory of the year and earned some retribution after losing by a similar 1-0 score against the Hornets in Sacramento last season.
The Spartan goal came on their first shot of the game. A deep throw in from junior Mireya Wathen-Mayorga bounced over the Hornet defense and found senior Kareli Rodriguez for an easy finish and a 1-0 lead. Sacramento State had five shots and two corner kicks over the final 20 minutes of the first half, forcing San Jose State goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis to make a pair of saves to maintain the Spartan lead.
Early the second half, in the 51st minute, the physicality of the game reached a boiling point as Hornet sophomore Rachel Leonard and San Jose State junior Mireya Wathen-Mayorga got tied up along the Hornet end line and were both issued red cards for fighting. Additionally, Sacramento State sophomore Lydia Bowman and the Hornet bench were also issued yellow cards during the incident.
Sacramento State was able to create some good scoring opportunities through the remainder of the game but could not find the net. Redshirt freshman Emily Hooper had the last try on goal for the Hornets in the 85th minute but was denied by Makrigiannis as she finished the blank sheet.
Hornet senior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata was again strong in goal for the Hornets, making five saves and allowing just the one goal. Mata and the Hornets have allowed one goal or fewer in all four of their games this season, with Mata holding a 0.71 goals against average. Makrigiannis totaled four saves for the Spartans for her first shutout of the season.
Freshman Amanda Mielke led the Hornets with three shots while Bowman totaled two. San Jose State had a 12-9 overall advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in shots on goal. Each team had three corner kicks and each team was whistled for only five fouls despite the multitude of cautions issued.
The Hornets return home for two matches next weekend, hosting Nevada on Friday and Canisius on Sunday. Both games will be followed by Sacramento State men's soccer home contests.