San Jose State (0-3-2) lost their third home game of the season to Cal State Fullerton (3-3-1) 2-0 Thursday night.
Though the Spartans started attacking early, with junior forward Jamilecxth Becerra earning the first shot of the night, the Titans dominated the Spartans during the first half.
Titans forward Atlanta Primus scored a penalty kick goal in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Becerra was the only player with a shot on goal during the first half, which was saved by Titans goalie Tianna Sanders.
“Obviously we didn’t come out how we wanted to come out, but this is a really big milestone in our program,” Becerra said. “We just take it as a learning lesson and move on.”
The team had nine shots total, one of which was made by sophomore midfielder Darrian Reed toward the end of the first half. This was her first of the season.
When asked about how she thought the team improved from their last game, she had this to say.
“I think we worked on connecting passes better offensively and defensively we did really good with our shape and organizing on the field,” Reed said.
San Jose State earned four less fouls than CSU Fullerton during the game.
The Spartans came out ready to fight during the second half, but it ultimately was not enough to get the job done.
Defender Dani Baldwin scored the second goal for the Titans from an assist by defender Delaney Lindahl with less than 12 minutes left in regulation.
“I noticed from the first half to second half we were competing more and had a lot more energy. Everyone wanted to actually get something in,” Becerra said.
Though the Spartans had four shots during the second half, they failed to score before the game ended, resulting in a shutout.
Senior goalkeeper Paige Simoneau had two impressive saves during the night, despite allowing the Titans to score two goals.
Simoneau was recently named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her performance against Kansas State on Sept. 2.
When asked if she noticed any improvements from the team, head coach Lauren Hanson said she thought freshman defender Hannah Mathews played well.
Mathews had the most shots of the night, with three total. Two of Mathews’ shots were made during the second half of the game.
The Spartans have yet to earn their first win, but are looking forward to improving for their upcoming game against UC Davis.
“Obviously we’re going to forget about this game, we’re going to leave it behind. [The match against UC Davis] is a new game and we’re going to try to come out with a win,” Becerra said.
In order to come out strong on Sunday, Coach Hanson shared what she believes the team can work on and do to prepare.
“[We] obviously [have to] come out and start right with good energy. We have to play hard, be better on the ball and we gotta score goals,” Coach Hanson said.