Women's Soccer Travels To UC Davis For Exhibition Tuneup

Alexis Venegas returns for her senior campaign and is a team captain in 2016.
Aug. 12, 2016

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The San José State women's soccer team travels to UC Davis Sunday for an exhibition match beginning at noon. It will be the one and only tuneup for the Spartans before they begin regular-season action at home on August 19. Live streaming will not be available for this match, however fans can follow along with live stats available below.
 
EXHIBITION MATCH
San José State at UC Davis
Sunday, August 14, 12:00 p.m.
Aggie Soccer Field (1,000)
Davis, Calif.
 
SPARTANS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
San José State was predicted to finish second in the Mountain West by the conference's preseason coaches' poll. The Spartans received three first-place votes, while San Diego State received nine and is the preseason favorite. SJSU was predicted to finish seventh in the same poll prior to last season before eventually winning the Mountain West Tournament.
 
2016 IS A FRESH START
Reigning Mountain West coach of the year Lauren Hanson was clear at the start of practice that last year's run provided great experience, but 2016 is a new season. "You'd hope that the team will carry some momentum in from last year," Hanson said. "But I told them that this is a new season and a new team with new players. Let's learn from what we did last year and carry that over, but at the same time it's a fresh start."
 
#PROVEIT
Spartan fans will see #proveit attached to social media posts, flyers and programs throughout the women's soccer season. The team-generated hashtag represents the goal to prove that SJSU can be a consistent MW championship contender. Join forces with the team on Twitter (@SJSUSoccer) and Instagram (@SJSUWomensSoccer) as it goes for another MW championship in 2016.
 
SPARTANS HAVE A LARGE VETERAN GROUP
There are eight seniors on the roster in 2016 and a total of 15 upper classmen. Defender Carley McBeath becomes the Spartans' most experienced player with 58 matches and 49 starts in her career. McBeath along with fellow four-year Spartan Alexis Venegas are both team captains in 2016. Another senior Hayden Kelley and junior Claire Berkley will also guide the team as captains.
 
TOP-TWO SCORERS BACK FOR SJSU
The Spartans are happy to have their two All-Mountain West forwards Darriell Franklin (9 goals) and Dorthe Hoppius (8 goals) back in 2016. Franklin had an outstanding freshman season where she led the team with 20 points and five game-winning goals. Franklin's clutch-factor shined brightest when she hit the final penalty kick in the MW Tournament to secure the team's berth to the NCAA Tournament. Hoppius finished last season with 19 points, had the program's first hat trick in five years and had three game-winning goals in conference play.

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