Women's Soccer Hosts Last Home Game of the Season This Week

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:
SJSU vs. Fresno State, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, 7:30 p.m.
SJSU @ Boise State, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, 1:00 p.m.

THE SPARTANS:
San Jose State, 5-9-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, played both of last week’s matched into overtime. Against the University of San Francisco, the Spartans lost, 2-1, in double overtime and winning a conference match against Nevada, 4-3.

THIS WEEK:
The Spartans host their last home game of the season in a conference match against Fresno State on Thursday. The team’s seniors will be honored before the game. The team hits the road Sunday, for a match against Western Athletic Conference newcomer Boise State.

THE OPPONENTS:
Fresno State:
Fresno State, 6-8-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the WAC, lost to Boise State, 1-0, in overtime on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Bulldog defense held Boise State to only eight shots for the match but surrendered the winning score at the 100:08 mark during the first overtime period. It marked the 11th time this season the defense has contained an opponent to under two goals scored in a match. The Bulldogs were able to break out of a scoring slump against the visiting Nevada Wolf Pack in a 3-2 win in double overtime on Sunday, Oct. 21. It was the most goals they have scored since defeating Colorado, 3-2, on Sept. 9 this season.

Boise State:
The Broncos, 6-5-1 overall and 2-2-0 in WAC games, beat Eastern Washington, 3-2, Sunday, Oct. 21. The Broncos scored two early goals, one in the sixth minute by Megan McCoy and another in the seventh minute by Kazaih Hill as Boise State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Christy Messenger scored the game winner in the 28th minute. Junior Tara Milligan led the Broncos to a 1-0 overtime victory at Fresno State on Thursday, Oct. 18. The road victory puts the Broncos in a tie for fourth place in the WAC standings.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SJSU vs. Fresno State:
The Bulldogs hold an edge over the Spartans, 2-5-1 against Fresno State, in the all time series. The last time the teams faced off, Fresno State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first half but ended up losing 2-1 against the Spartans. Jackie Jewell scored the first goal of the match for Fresno State. San Jose State tied the match later in the first period on a goal by Kristin Jacob. The match remained tie late in the second half, when Spartans’ Julie Brum fired a ball past goalkeeper Mary-tyler Wahl.

SJSU vs. Boise State:
This is the first meeting between the two teams. The Broncos moved from the Big Sky Conference to join the WAC this season.


RECENT SAN JOSE STATE GAMES:
The Spartans lost a tough road match to the University of San Francisco last Tuesday, 2-1, in double overtime. The Spartans scored first on junior forward Kelly Blashke’s first goal of the season. The Dons came back to tie the game in the 38th minute where the score stood 1-1 through the second half. The teams were unable to score in the first overtime period, but the game ended on Caty Harris’ goal 1:49 into the second overtime period.

On Friday, the Spartans needed overtime to defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack, 4-3, in a conference match at Spartan Stadium. Kerry Blashke scored the game-winning goal, and ended the night with two goals and one assist. The teams took a 1-1 tie into the half, but the Wolf Pack took the lead shortly into the second period when Taryn Harmon was able to score off Shanelle Miller’s pass at the 49:35 mark. The Spartans tied the game briefly on Blaschke’s first goal of the night at 63:29. It took the Wolf Pack less than 20 seconds to tie the game when Amy Jackson scored unassisted. With less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Spartans knotted the match up when Kelly Prior scored her first goal of the season.

BLASCHKE SAYS "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" TO HER BROTHER IN STYLE:
Last Friday’s match against Nevada marked a special occasion for Kerry Blaschke. October 19 is her brother Sean’s birthday and with her brother in attendance, she scored the game-winning goal and ended the night with two goals and one assist.

SPARTANS TO HONOR SENIORS:
San Jose State University and the women’s soccer team will honor the team’s seniors prior to the Fresno State game on Oct. 25. Ryanne Banks, Annemarie Hennes and Kristina Jacob will be honored in a special ceremony prior to the kickoff against the Bulldogs for all their contributions to the school and the women’s soccer program.

SCORING CORRECTION:
In the match against UTEP on Oct. 12 there has been an official scoring change on one of San Jose State’s goals. A goal credited as an "own goal" has been changed to a goal scored by Jeane Sunseri and the assist credited to Vanessa Afonso. This is Sunseri’s second goal of the season and Afonso’s third assist.

THREE’S COMPANY:
There are three Spartans with 10 or more points this season. Kristina Jacob’s goal and assist in the game against Nevada put her at 10 points this season and third on the team in scoring. Sophomore midfielder Marie McCann leads the team with 13 points (six goals and one assist) followed by sophomore Forward Vanessa Afonso with 11 points (four goals and three assists).

KRISTINA JACOB GETTING HOT:
Senior midfielder Kristina Jacob is getting hot and is a big reason the Spartans are second in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 3-2-0 record in conference. Jacob, the defending WAC Tournament MVP, has three goals and three assists in conference games this season and is averaging 1.8 points-per-game in the five conference games played so far.

SPARTANS LOOKING FOR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BERTH:
With five conference games in the books and three more left to play, the Spartans are looking for their sixth straight WAC Tournament appearance. Since joining the WAC in 1996, the Spartans have been in the tournament every year. Last season was the best finish in the seven-year history of the women’s soccer program. The team finished in third place after the regular season, but with wins against UTEP, SMU and Tulsa the Spartans earned their first WAC Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

WAC Games All Games
W L T Pct. Home Away W L T Pct. Home Away
SMU 5 0 0 1.000 2-0-0 3-0-0 10 3 0 .769 4-0-0 6-3-0
SJSU 3 2 0 .600 2-1-0 1-1-0 5 9 0 .357 4-6-0 1-3-0
Boise State 2 2 0 .500 0-2-0 2-0-0 7 5 1 .577 5-2-0 2-3-1
Tulsa 2 2 0 .500 1-0-0 1-2-0 7 6 2 .533 3-3-1 4-3-1
Fresno State 3 3 0 .500 2-2-0 1-1-0 6 8 0 .429 4-2-0 2-6-0
Hawai`i 2 2 0 .500 1-1-0 1-1-0 5 8 0 .385 2-2-0 3-6-0
Rice 2 2 0 .500 1-0-0 1-2-0 4 7 0 .364 2-3-0 2-4-0
UTEP 1 3 1 .300 0-2-0 1-1-1 3 8 2 .308 1-4-0 2-4-2
Nevada 0 4 1 .100 0-2-1 0-2-0 0 13 1 .036 0-5-1 0-8-0

SCHEDULE NOTE:
The game between San Jose State and Sacramento State originally scheduled for Sept. 16 will be played at Sacramento State on Sunday, November 4 with a 1:00 p.m. start time.


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