Sept. 20, 2006
Moraga, Calif. - San Jose State's Nicole Martinez headed in the game-winning goal in the 97th minute to help the Spartans post a 2-1 victory of the Saint Mary's women's soccer team at Saint Mary's Stadium. The goal by Martinez was the second of the game for the senior forward. The loss drops the Gaels' record to 1-6-2 overall while San Jose State improved to 3-4-2.
The goal was set up off a free kick from the left sideline from Liz Behen. Behen crossed the ball in front of the Gaels' goal where Cristin Murphy controlled the ball and took a shot from about 12 yards out. Murphy's shot beat SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson, but hit the crossbar and rebounded perfectly to Martinez. Martinez hit the rebound out of mid air, and Larson had no chance to make the save. The sudden victory goal came 6:13 into the first over time period.
Saint Mary's took the lead in the 33rd minute when sophomore midfield Mallory Lee fired a shot from 25 yards out to beat SJSU's net minder Marissa Dayton for the first goal of the contest. Lee's goal was the first of her Saint Mary's career. Saint Mary's held the lead until early in the second half when Martinez scored the equalizer.
Martinez' first goal of the contest came in the 49th minute off a double assist from Murphy and Jessica Scott. Murphy played the ball to Scott who one-timed a long pass over the Saint Mary's defense. Martinez battled a Gael defender for the ball and took a shot from just over five yards out, beating Larson for the game-tying goal.
The Gaels out shot the Spartans by a 25-13 margin, but only had seven shots on goal. The Spartans put seven of their 13 shots on frame. SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson recorded three saves while San Jose State's Dayton collected six saves in more than 96 minutes of action.
The Gaels will have more than a week to prepare for its next game, which will be on Friday, September 29 against the University of New Mexico as part of the New Mexico Tournament. The Gaels will play two games in Albuquerque, NM. SMC's second game of the tournament will be against Northern Arizona on October 1.