Women's Soccer Opens Training Camp

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team reported for training camp on Tuesday, August 7, and took the field for the first time ahead of the 2007 season on Wednesday, August 8.

The Spartans went through team meetings ahead of a team dinner on Tuesday night.

Wednesday marked the first of 10 scheduled double days, through Saturday, August 18. The team will take a break from double-day training on Monday, August 13.

Practices during double days will go from approximately 9:00-11:00 a.m., and 1:30-3:30 p.m. All practices are held at Spartan Field, and are open to the public. Spartan Field is located on South Campus at the corner of Alma and 10th streets.

Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Dave Siracusa, the Spartans opened camp on Wednesday morning with an extended warm-up, followed by a fitness test consisting of five 300-yard shuttle runs, with brief rests in between each run.

The squad broke for lunch following an extended warm-down. The afternoon session began with technical skill demonstration and shooting drills at four separate stations. The Spartan field players then broke into four teams of six for small-sided games of one-versus-one.

“It was great to be back and playing again,” said Siracusa. “This is always an exciting time. We have everybody healthy. We had our fitness test in the morning, and a lot of (one-versus-one) competition, as well as technical skill and shooting (drills) in the afternoon. We worked on receiving balls in the air, dribbling, 1v1 defensive technique, 1v1 attacking skills and shooting. We gave the goalkeepers a lot of work. It was a good first day.”

San Jose State opens the 2007 season at South Bay rival Santa Clara on Friday, August 31. Kick-off at Buck Shaw Stadium is set for 5:30 p.m. The Spartans begin the home slate on Sunday, September 2, hosting area opponent University of San Francisco at Spartan Stadium starting at 1:00 p.m. It will be the first of 11 home games for San Jose State in 2007.

The Spartans return 12 letterwinners, eight of them starters, from a 2006 squad that went 7-11-3 overall and matched the program’s best Western Athletic Conference record at 4-2-1. San Jose State has improved its overall win total in each of the last three years under Siracusa.

The team will look to the veteran leadership of eight seniors, all of which were freshmen in Siracusa’s first year in charge. That group includes 2006 WAC “Offensive Player of the Year” and two-time first-team All-WAC selection Nicole Irwin in midfield, tri-captains Kristin Krale, Heidi Romswinckel-Guise and Jackie Zabek, as well as Kelly Madej, Erica Ng-Pinkerton, Heather Oranje and Tasha Van Dixhorn.