11 Home Games Highlight Women's Soccer Schedule

San Jose, Calif. - The 2007 San Jose State University women’s soccer schedule features 11 home games as the Spartans embark on an ambitious season with a veteran squad under fourth-year head coach Dave Siracusa.

San Jose State’s search for its first NCAA Championship berth since 2000 will begin at South Bay rival Santa Clara University on Friday night, August 31. Kick-off for the annual “Rivalry Series” meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at Santa Clara’s Buck Shaw Stadium.

San Jose State will play 11 of its 20 games at home in 2007 after contesting just seven games at home in 2006, and face four opponents that participated in the 2006 NCAA Championship.

The Spartans will begin the 2007 season without an exhibition match. After the opener at Santa Clara, San Jose State plays its 2007 home opener on Sunday, September 2, facing its second straight West Coast Conference opponent to start the year in the University of San Francisco at 1:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. After a trip to Sacramento State on Friday, September 7, the Spartans head to Flagstaff, Ariz., for a pair of games, at host Northern Arizona University on Friday, September 14, and against Southern Utah University on Sunday, September 16.

San Jose State will next face former league rival San Diego State University for the first time since 1998, on Wednesday, September 19, in a 7:00 p.m. Spartan Stadium night game. Siracusa received his master’s degree in organization and sports psychology, and was an assistant coach for the men’s program there from 2001-03 before heading north to San Jose.

The Spartans will be in Pocatello, Idaho, for the first time, participating in the Idaho State Tournament and taking on host Idaho State University for the second year in a row on Friday, September 21, and Northern Iowa University on Sunday, September 23.

“We have 20 games, with no scrimmages, and so they all count,” said Siracusa, who has guided the Spartans to increased overall win totals in each of his first three seasons in charge. “We open up with a bang, with two West Coast Conference opponents, one on the road at Santa Clara, and one at home against USF, which is a good way to start. Then we have two games at Northern Arizona and a tournament at Idaho State sandwiched around our first game against San Diego State in a long time. I’m happy about that, (San Diego State) being my alma mater.”

The Spartans return to San Jose to kick off a season-long four-game homestand, including their only two games of the year at Spartan Field on back-to-back Friday afternoons against Cal State Fullerton on September 28 and Saint Mary’s College on October 5, each beginning at 3:00 p.m. San Jose State welcomes Eastern Washington University for the first-ever meeting between the programs at 3:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 30.

The Spartans conclude the homestand by hosting UC Irvine on Sunday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium.

“We have 11 home games, with nine of them at Spartan Stadium, which is good for us. We face three West Coast Conference opponents, three Big West Conference opponents and four teams that went to the NCAA Championship last year. We will have the opportunity to play four home games in a row, leading up to our (Western Athletic Conference) opener at Fresno State, and we also have nine of our last 12 regular-season games at home, so we certainly like that.”

The WAC portion of the 2007 schedule starts up on Friday, October 12, as San Jose State travels south to take on the rival Bulldogs of Fresno State at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans will then host UC Davis in one final non-conference game at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, in between WAC matches against Nevada at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, and against Hawai’i at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. All three games will be played at Spartan Stadium.

San Jose State will travel to Ruston, La., to face Louisiana Tech on Friday, October 26, and then straight back to Logan, Utah, for a meeting with Utah State on Sunday, October 28.

The Spartans host Idaho at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2. This year’s Senior Day opponent is Boise State University. The Spartans will meet the Broncos, who they eliminated from the 2006 WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., at the conclusion of a penalty kick tiebreaker, inside Spartan Stadium on Sunday, November 4, in a 3:30 p.m. kick-off.

“In conference play, our schedule is flip-flopped (from the last two seasons). Last year, we had Nevada and Fresno State at the back end. Now, we play them right up front. It will be nice to be able to play Boise State inside Spartan Stadium on Senior Day.”

The 2007 WAC Tournament will be held Thursday through Sunday, November 8-11, at the Boas Soccer Complex on the campus of Boise State University for the second time in three years. The tournament champion gains an automatic berth into the 2007 NCAA Championship, with this year’s Women’s College Cup scheduled for College Station, Texas, Friday and Sunday, December 7 and 9.

Santa Clara, Idaho State, Cal State Fullerton and Nevada, which earned the conference’s automatic NCAA bid by winning the 2006 WAC Tournament as the host, participated in the NCAA Championship last season. Santa Clara, ranked ninth nationally in the final NSCAA/adidas poll, Idaho State and Nevada all suffered first-round defeats, while Cal State Fullerton was eliminated at eventual semifinalist UCLA, 3-1, following a 3-0 first-round victory over LMU.

San Jose State returns 13 letterwinners and nine starters from a team that finished 7-11-3 overall in 2006 with a league record of 4-2-1 for the second year in a row.

The Spartans have eight seniors on the 2007 roster, all members of Siracusa’s first freshman class when he took the helm for the 2004 campaign. That group includes 2006 WAC “Offensive Player of the Year” Nicole Irwin. Kristin Krale, Heidi Romswinckel-Guise and Jackie Zabek have been selected team tri-captains for 2007. The other four seniors are Kelly Madej, Erica Ng-Pinkerton, Heather Oranje and Tasha Van Dixhorn.