San Jose, Calif. - New San Jose State University women’s soccer head coach Jeff Leightman has announced a four-date spring competition schedule for the month of April, beginning with a home meeting with the California Storm at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 5.
Leightman, the recently-appointed leader of the San Jose State program, along with third-year assistant coach Craig Winans, welcomed a total of 22 Spartans for the start of the spring portion of their training schedule back on Saturday, March 1.
“Training is going well,” remarked Leightman. “We’ve still got a ways to go. Really, what we are trying to do is change the culture of what’s been here, into what we are going to be in the fall. The players are buying in, and we are making strides. It’s just a long process. It’s not an overnight process. We are making strides, but we still have some things to work on.”
This Saturday’s scrimmage against the California Storm will mark the Spartans’ first match of the spring. The Storm compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). They finished in a second-place tie in the WPSL West with a 9-4-1 regular-season record in 2007.
“It’s always nice, in the spring, when you can have these (competition) dates, because you’ve been training for so long, and you finally get to see somebody in a different-colored uniform. That’s always an exciting thing. I think it will be good for us (as coaches) to see them at the next level of now playing against opponents in a game-like scenario, who’s going to perform and where we are going to start to shift things around so that we can see things in a little bit better context as we move forward. I think it’s a positive (to play these games). I think it’s coming at the right time, and I think it will help us develop into what we want to be.”
San Jose State will take on Cal State Stanislaus of the NCAA Division II and California Collegiate Athletic Association, one week later on Saturday, April 12, also at home on Spartan Field at 1:00 p.m. Spartan Field is located on South Campus, right across 10th Street from Spartan Stadium. The games are open to the general public and admission is free of charge.
The Spartans later will take part in a pair of seven-versus-seven tournaments on the road at UC Davis and the University of California, on Sunday, April 20, and Sunday, April 27, respectively. Start times have not yet been determined, but matches should run all day.
San Jose State’s spring training schedule is slated to be done by Saturday, May 3.