Women's Soccer Hosts adidas Bay Area Classic

adidas Bay Area Classic: In its second year, the adidas Bay Area Classic brings together Gonzaga University, Northeastern University, the University of the Pacific and San Jose State University to Spartan Stadium for games on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30.

adidas Bay Area Classic Schedule:
Friday, September 28
* Pacific vs. Gonzaga – 5:00 p.m.
* San Jose State vs. Northeastern – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 30
*Pacific vs. Northeastern – 11:00 a.m.
* San Jose State vs. Gonzaga – 15 min. after first match

The Tournament Field:
San Jose State: The Spartans are 1-5-0 overall, 0-0-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Spartans have a 1-4-0 record at home and 0-1-0 on the road. The Spartans lost their last game at home to Saint Mary’s, 5-0, on Sept. 23.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are coming off a loss against Oregon State on Sept. 23. Gonzaga is 0-5-1 overall and 0-0-0 in West Coast Conference games.

Northeastern: The Huskies are off to a 4-0-1 start. Coming off a win against Hofstra and a tie with Drexel. The Huskies play at Holy Cross before heading West.

Pacific: The Pacific women’s soccer team improved to 5-2 overall after defeating Fresno State, 1-0, on Sunday, Sept. 23. It was the Tigers fourth shutout this season.

Head to Head:
Pacific vs. Gonzaga: The Pacific Tigers have a 2-0-1 edge in the all-time series with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The last time the two teams met was Sept. 26, 1997. The Tigers came away with a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs at home.

San Jose State vs. Northeastern: This is the first ever meeting between the Spartans and the Huskies.

Pacific vs. Northeastern: This is the first ever meeting between the Tigers and the Huskies.

San Jose State vs. Gonzaga: The Spartans have a 3-0-0 advantage in the all time series with the Bulldogs. The last game between the two teams was on Sept. 5, 1999 when San Jose State won the match at home, 6-3.

Recent San Jose State games: San Jose State has lost its last four games. The team’s last win came against visiting Seton Hall, 2-1 Double OT on Sept. 7. In their latest game, the Spartans were shut out, 5-0, by visiting Saint Mary’s on Sept. 23.
The streak began on the road in Cal Poly with an overtime loss, 2-1, on Sept. 9. The Spartans recently lost two at home in a 5-2 loss to Oregon on Sept. 18 and a 3-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 20.

Afonso Leads in Scoring: Forward Vanessa Afonso leads the team in scoring with two goals on seven shots. Afonso scored her first goal against Seton Hall on Sept. 7 and her second Tuesday against Oregon. Afonso’s seven shots and four shots on goal, also are team highs. Afonso played for only 17 minutes in the last game against UC Santa Barbara, and had no shots in the game.

Fountain of Youth: The Spartans have one of the youngest teams in the history of the program. This years squad has six juniors and only three seniors on board--Kristina Jacob, Ryanne Banks and Annemarie Hennes. The roster is rounded out with twelve freshmen and seven sophomore players. So its no wonder four of the top five scorers on the team are sophomores, and are racking up the starts. The top five team scoring leaders are:

Player Class G A Pts.
1. Vanessa Afonso Sophomore 2 0 4
2. Jeane Sunseri Sophomore 1 1 3
3. Emily New Junior 1 0 2
3. Mariko Yoshihara Sophomore 1 0 2
5. Kelly Pryor Sophomore 0 1 1

Schedule Note: The game between San Jose State and Gonzaga on Sunday, Sept. 30 will start earlier than originally scheduled. The match will begin 15 minutes after the completion of the 11:00 a.m. game between Pacific and Northeastern, not at 1:30 p.m. as originally scheduled.