San Jose State women’s soccer got a 3-1 win over Colorado College in the final home game of the season. All three goals came in the first half for the Spartans, and the visiting Tigers’ only goal came in the 79th minute.
In a pregame ceremony, nine seniors and their families went on the field to honor the seniors’ final home game. They were defender Claire Berkley, midfielder Alyssa Bertuleit, midfielder Maricruz Chapa, defender Hayden Kelley, midfielder/defender Carley McBeath, midfielder Samantha Orodpour, defender Stephanie Rebagliati, midfielder Alex Venegas, and forward Camila Villarino.
The drive for the first goal began off a corner kick by Clara Richter of Colorado College. Spartan forward Dorthe Hoppius took the ball down the field and passed it to Venegas in the left wing. Venegas passed the ball to Darriell Franklin, who headed the ball in for the score in the 8th minute.
In the 23rd minute, coming off a Colorado College foul, Yaritza Arista made the free kick to Kristen Amarikwa, who headed the ball in for a 2-0 San Jose State lead.
Venegas quickly took control of a 35th minute turnover by Colorado College’s Tanner Haughn and crossed the ball to Villarino, who dribbled to the goal line before chipping to Venegas. San Jose State went up 3-0 off the close range goal by Venegas kicked to the left of Colorado College goalkeeper Molly Hiniker. That would remain the halftime score, with San Jose State out-shooting Colorado College 7-1.
“It came by way too fast, and it’s sad to never play home again, but it’s exciting that we’re doing so well,” remarked Venegas about her collegiate soccer career.
In the 48th minute, Hoppius left the game with a concussion after colliding with Colorado College defender Julia Lauzon, who subsequently was issued a yellow card. San Jose State head coach Lauren Hanson said after the game that Hoppius would go through the concussion protocol.
“Our team was excited to come out and play at home again,” commented Hanson about the 3-0 halftime lead, adding that the team wanted to make a statement on Senior Day.
Colorado College appeared to have more control in the second half, as the Tigers out-shot San Jose State 6-4 in that half. Late in the 79th minute, off a throw-in by Quinn Yawger, Catie McDonald scored Colorado College’s only goal off an assist by Ansley Queen. The kick sailed over the reach of San Jose State goalkeeper Ana Calero.
Hanson also praised her seniors for their role in the win and her team’s winning record.
“All of them have contributed all year long and for their entire careers, and so I’m just really proud of those girls and proud that they’re part of our program and that they’ve helped build this program to the point it’s at right now,” commented Hanson.
This win improved San Jose State to 10-4-4 (7-2-1 Mountain West), matched last year’s win total, and propelled the defending MW Tournament champions to second place in the Mountain West Conference, behind UNLV (7-1-2 MW). UNLV’s only loss this year was on Sept. 23 at home, 2-1 to San Jose State. Behind San Jose State in third place is defending regular season champion San Diego State (6-1-3 MW).
Oct. 27 at Fresno State marks the season finale for both teams, and a San Jose State win would secure a bye in the conference tournament, for which a team must finish in the top two of the standings. Alternatively, if both San Jose State and San Diego State lost their season finales, San Jose State would finish second place in the MW as well; a San Diego State win and San Jose State loss would give San Diego State the bye instead and force San Jose State to play the first round of the tournament. In order for San Jose State to win the regular season title outright, UNLV would need to lose to or tie with Nevada in addition to San Jose State winning.