SAN JOSE, Calif. -
Utah State soccer battled through 105 minutes of action Friday, as it fell to San José State, 2-1, in the Mountain West-opener.
Utah State falls to 5-3-1 overall and 0-1 in conference action, while the Spartans improve to 4-4-0 on the year. Friday marked the third overtime contest for the Aggies this season, but it was just the first for SJSU.
The first half of the match was mostly defensive for the Aggies, as the Spartans tallied eight shots through the first 90 minutes. However, just one of those was on goal, as the USU defense thwarted several attempts. Utah State took just one shot in the first half, coming from senior defender Mikayla Howes in the sixth minute of play.
Play was much more even for the teams later, as the Aggies took eight shots in the second half. After a foul was called on the Spartans, freshman midfielder Ashley Cardozo took a free kick outside the top corner of the 18-yard box. She found a mix of players near the net, where the ball bounced back-and-forth off several heads and feet of both teams. Eventually though, the ball found freshman midfielder Amber Marshall, who scored her first collegiate goal and put the Aggies on the board in the 64th minute.
Sticking with the even trend of that second half though, it took just 90 seconds for the Spartans to answer and even the score. After a short pass, SJSU's Kiara Parker was able to take the shot just low and past senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb. Both teams had several good opportunities through the final minutes of regulation, but the goalkeepers were there to make the save each time.
The defensive pace of the match returned through the overtime periods, with both teams finding fewer chances to score. Unfortunately for the Aggies, San José State was first to take advantage of the timing, scoring the golden goal in the 105th minute in the second overtime period. After a corner kick, the ball found the head of Jamilecxth Beccera who lifted it up past Cobb.
On the day, San José State out-shot the Aggies, 24-10, including a 10-4 on goal advantage. Utah State had four players with two shots apiece, while Cardozo led with two on frame. Cobb played the entirety of the match, picking up seven saves.
The Aggies will wrap-up their month-long roadtrip on Sunday, Sept. 24, when the team plays at Fresno State. Utah State will take on the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. (MT).
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