Women's Soccer Begins Conference Play This Week

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:
SJSU vs. Tulsa, Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, 7:30 p.m.
SJSU vs. Rice, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, 1:00 p.m.

THE SPARTANS:
San Jose State, 2-6-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, snapped a five game losing streak after defeating Gonzaga, 3-1, in the second round of the Bay Area adidas Soccer Classic held at Spartan Stadium last weekend. The last game the Spartans won before Sunday was on Sept. 7 against visiting Seton Hall.

THE OPPONENTS:
Tulsa:
University of Tulsa seniors Kara Heer and Melissa McCormick each tallied one goal to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 2-1 non-conference victory against St. Bonaventure today at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex. Tulsa improves to 5-3-1 overall this season and 2-1 at home, while St. Bonaventure slips to 2-4-1 overall. The Hurricane outshot the Bonnies, 19-5, and allowed SBU just one shot in the first half and four in the second period.

Rice:
Rice, 1-4-0 overall and 0-0-0 in WAC games, lost to the South Alabama Jaguars, 2-1, Sunday. The Owls trailed 1-0 coming out of halftime and turned up the pressure on the South Alabama defense. Janelle Crowley came off the bench in the 62nd minute and scored her first goal of the season to tie the game. The Jaguars dashed the Owls hope after scoring late in the game take a 2-1 lead. The Owls head to Fresno State on Friday before heading to San Jose State on Sunday.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SJSU vs. Tulsa:
The Spartans lead the all-time series with Tulsa, 2-1. The last time these teams met San Jose State won, 3-1, in the 2000 WAC Championship game in Fresno where. Kristina Jacobs scored the first Spartan goal of the game and was named to the all-WAC Tournament and was selected at the tournament MVP.

SJSU vs. Rice:
This is the first meeting between the two teams. This is the first year of Rice’s Division I women’s soccer program.

RECENT SAN JOSE STATE GAMES:
San Jose State hosted the second annual Bay Area adidas Soccer Classic last weekend. The field included the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the Northeastern Huskies and tournament champion University of the Pacific Tigers. The Spartans lost Fridays match to the Huskies, 5-3. Although the Spartans lost, they seem to have broken an offensive slump where they have averaged only 1.00 goals per game so far this season. Sunday, the offense continued against Gonzaga where Marie McCann had two goals and one assist in the Spartans 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs. The win broke a five game Spartans losing streak.

OFFENSIVE RESURRECTION:
The sophomore tandem of midfielder Marie McCann and forward Vanessa Afonso has accounted for 75 percent of the Spartan goals this year. The two share the team’s leading scorer title with four goals apiece. McCann scored one goal in Friday’s loss and two goals and an assist in Sunday’s victory. Afonso score one goal on Friday and a goal and an assist on Sunday. The team was eighth in the WAC for average goals per game with a 1.00 average and the six goals scored last week doubled the team’s total on the season.

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.