Women's Soccer Heads to USF, Then Hosts Nevada This Week

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:
SJSU @ USF, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, 7:00 p.m.
SJSU vs. Nevada, Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, 5:00 p.m.

THE SPARTANS:
San Jose State, 4-8-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, headed to Texas to play UTEP and SMU this past week. The Spartans split the road series by winning against UTEP on Friday and losing to SMU on Sunday. Tuesday night’s match against USF will be the Spartans last non-conference game of the season.

THE OPPONENTS:
USF:
It was all about shutouts for USF, 5-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in West Coast Conference games, this past week as the team played three matches in six days. The Dons held Portland State and Sacramento State scoreless, but were shutout by No. 4 ranked Santa Clara, The Dons beat Portland State, 2-0. Sunday afternoon. Friday, USF traveled to Santa Clara to face the Broncos and were unable to score in the 5-0 loss. The long week began at Sacramento State where the Dons were able to take the game with a 2-0 win.

Nevada:
The Wolf Pack, 0-11-1 overall and 0-2-1 in WAC games, are still looking for their first win of the season. Most recently the team lost to Boise State, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Wolf Pack led for the first time this year with a goal in the 25th minute, but were unable to contain the Broncos offense. Nevada put together a late rally against SMU on Oct. 7 coming within one goal of tying in a 3-2 loss. Nevada will play at Fresno State on Sunday, Oct. 19.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SJSU vs. USF:
The Spartans and the Dons are knotted up at 2-2 in the all-time series. The last time the two teams faced off was in 1999 when the Spartans won, 3-1, at home.

SJSU vs. Nevada:
The Wolf Pack are entering the second year of Division I women’s soccer competition. Last season the Spartans won the first ever meeting between the two teams, 8-1, at Nevada.

RECENT SAN JOSE STATE GAMES:
The Spartans were shut out by the SMU Lady Mustangs in Western Athletic Conference play, 4-0, at Westcott Field on the campus of SMU Sunday afternoon. With the win, SMU remains undefeated in WAC games and improves to 8-3-0 on the season. On Friday the Spartans won over UTEP, 3-2, in El Paso. UTEP's Miranda Cuthbertson deflected a ball into its own to help lift San Jose State to its second WAC win this year. The Spartans evened the score and captured the momentum heading into the second half on a corner kick by Kristina Jacob who connected with Cynthia Harrah who scored her first goal of the season in the 44th minute. The Spartans came out firing in the second period going out on front when Marie McCann took advantage on a penalty kick in the 50th minute. UTEP attempted a late rally adding a point on a penalty kick by Holly Cohen in the 77th minute.

MCCANN AND AFONSO TOP TEAM SCORING:
The sophomore tandem of midfielder Marie McCann and forward Vanessa Afonso have accounted for more than half of the Spartan goals this year. This weekend, McCann added to her team-leading goal total against UTEP, scoring her sixth goal of the year on a penalty kick.

KRISTINA JACOB IS HEATING UP:
Senior midfielder Kristina Jacob is beginning to heat up heading to the midpoint in conference play. Last season Jacob was selected as the WAC Tournament MVP and is showing the conference why. In the first conference match of the year against Tulsa, Jacob factored in both Spartan goals with a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win. Against Rice, she was able to score the game-tying goal with only seven seconds left in the game. Jacob nailed the ball on a corner kick, curving it past the Owls goalkeeper. In the match against UTEP, Jacob assisted on the game-tying goal after she directed it to Cynthia Harrah on a corner kick. Unfortunately, Jacob’s streak of scoring at least one point in conference games ended this past Sunday in the 4-0 loss to SMU.

THE CONFERENCE MIDPOINT:
With four games in the books and four more on the schedule, the Western Athletic Conference is beginning to take shape. The Spartans are 2-2-0 overall and are hoping to be able to snag one of the six conference playoff spots. With games against Nevada, Fresno State, Boise State and Hawai’i, the Spartans will probably have to win at least two more games to get into the WAC Tournament. This year’s tournament will begin at SMU’s Wescott Field in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 10.

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.