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Katie Knopp Helps San Jose Spartans beat UC Davis

Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics, October 10, 2010
Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics, Knopp tallied the game-winner at 88:09.  (Photo by Terrell Lloyd) Davis, CA – San Jose State women’s soccer rallied late in the second half to score a pair of goals, en route to a 2-1 win over UC Davis on Sunday afternoon, October 10.  San Jose State (7-5-1, 1-0-1 WAC) extends its unbeaten streak to seven for the year.

In a physical first half, each team had opportunities to get on the board, but neither could find the back of the net.  San Jose State had five shots, including three on goal.

Seconds before the end of the first half featured a scramble after an Aggie corner, but goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald safely collected the ball to keep the score tied 0-0 at the intermission.

After a scoreless first half, the Aggies converted in the 69:30 mark for the first goal.  Lisa Kemp dodged  a couple of Spartan defenders and placed a goal in the upper left corner.  The lead was short lived however, as the Spartans tied the game in the 79th minute from a 25-yard shot by Cheryl KuteKayla Santacruz was credited with the assist.

The physical play continued in the second half, with San Jose State drawing its only yellow card of the game and UC Davis drawing its third yellow card.  The Spartans responded  and scored on a Kelsey Lord rebound, which found Katie Knopp for the go ahead goal.  Knopp’s third goal of the season put the game away with less than two minutes remaining.

“I’m proud of our team today,” stated head coach Jeff Leightman.  They responded well after being down a goal.  UC Davis disrupted our style and we responded well.  The win today gives us character that we can build on.”

Meghan Maiwald stopped seven shots and improved to 7-5-1 overall.

The Spartans return to action with a pair of WAC opponents on the road with Louisiana Tech on October 15 at 4:00 p.m. and New Mexico State on October 17 at 12:00 p.m.