Women's Soccer Opens 2012 Against Bay Area Rivals

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University opens its regular season Friday, Aug. 17, against the University of San Francisco Dons (0-0-0) and then heads to Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 19, for a 2:00 p.m. match versus the University of California Golden Bears (0-0-0). 
LIVE STATS Live stats are available free of charge for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game by clicking on the camera icon. Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section off the women’s soccer page at www.sjsuspartans.com. 
WOMEN’S SOCCER TICKETS Tickets for all Spartan home women’s soccer games are free for all San Jose State students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00 and are $3.00 for youth (12 and under). Tickets are $1 for youth wearing a soccer jersey. Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to the start of the game at Spartan Stadium or tickets can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589). 
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO The Dons are coming off a 6-14-0 record in 2011. The team finished sixth in the West Coast Conference with a 2-6-0 conference record.   TOP RETURNERS The University of San Francisco returns its top two point-getters from 2011. Junior Christina Moberg scored five goals and assisted on three more for 13 points. A midfielder, Moberg scored half of her team’s game-winning goals (3). Sophomore Mackenzie Krieser’s five goals and two assists gave her 12 points for the season. The forward had the most shots on the Dons (48), leading the number two shot-taker by 28 shots.
Keeper Celia Pellegrini returns for her sophomore season after she shared the net minding duties last season. In 2011, she had a 1.54 goals against average and a .824 save percentage in nine games played. She shut out her opponent once in 408:30 minutes played. 
COACHING Head Coach Jim Millinder was named the USF Dons’ head coach December 2011. He has a 143-97-25 Division I coaching record in 13 seasons. In Division I sports, Millinder most recently spent 11 seasons as the head coach of the University of Southern California’s women’s soccer team. He returns to major college athletics after serving as the South Bay Force club team Girl’s Director of Coaching for the 2010-11 season. 
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA  The Golden Bears return to action in 2012 after a successful 12-6-4 season. In the Pacific-12 Conference, Cal recorded a 5-4-2 record to finish sixth in the conference standings. 
TOP RETURNERS The Golden Bears held its opponents to just 0.87 goals scored per game as compared to Cal’s 1.91 goals scored per game. The team’s second-highest point-getter, Lauren Battung returns for her senior season after she netted seven goals and added two assists for 16 points. She recorded the most shots (54) and game-winning goals (3) for the Golden Bears. 
Cal’s number one goalkeeper from 2011, Emily Kruger returns after she played and started in 22 games. The junior  saved 75.6 percent of shots she faced and recorded a 0.91 goals against average. Her seven shutouts on the season were the third-most in the conference. 
COACHING Head Coach Neil McGuire returns for his sixth season at Cal. He has led the Golden Bears to eight consecutive winning seasons and NCAA Tournament bids. McGuire has compiled a 57-35-12 record at Cal.    SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY  The Spartans finished the 2011 season with a 6-12-1 record and third in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with a 4-2-1 record. San Jose State dropped its only exhibition game of the season 6-0 on Aug. 11 to the Bay Area Breeze Women’s Professional Soccer League.
TOP RETURNERS The Spartans’ leader in every statistical category for field  players, Kelsey Lord returns in 2012 for her senior season. Lord, who was named to the Preseason All-WAC first team, is San Jose State women’s soccer’s single-season record holder in assists with 11 (set in 2010) and is in the top three for career goals (21), assists (19), and points (60). She sits sixth all-time in shots (130). 
Goalkeeping duties will be shared among junior Gladis Covarrubias, and freshmen Emily Pryor and Zoe Makrigiannis. Covarrubias spent the last two seasons as the Spartans’ backup goalkeeper. In 41:15 minutes last season, she recorded a 2.18 goals against average. Pryor, who redshirted her freshman year, is a 5-9 Torrance, Calif., native. She was named the Pioneer League Most Valuable Player as a senior at Torrance High School. Zoe Makrigiannis, a 6-1 native of Surrey, B.C., Canada, backstopped the Ecole Panorama Ridge Secondary girls soccer team to an undefeated season her senior year. 
COACHING Head Coach Jeff Leightman is at the helm of the Spartans  for his fifth season. Last season, he led the Spartans to its seventh consecutive WAC tournament bid and finished among the conference’s top three teams for the third straight year.
MILESTONES The Spartans’ first game of the season, versus the University of San Francisco, marks the 350th game coached by Head Coach Jeff Leightman in his major college coaching career. He coached at Binghamton (N.Y.) University for 10 seasons prior to San Jose State. 
WAC PRESEASON COACHES POLL RESULTS In a poll of WAC head coaches, San Jose State was picked to finish fourth in the conference. Leading the pack was  Denver, who return nine of its 11 starters from its 2011 team that finished with a 16-5-0 record. Senior Kelsey Lord picked to the Preseason All-WAC first team following a stellar 2011 campaign in which she led position players in all statistical categories. Midfielder Megan Molina, a junior, was named to the Preseason All-WAC second team after she recorded two points and 17 shots last season. 
SPARTANS’ PREVIOUS GAME The Spartans’ lone exhibition game of the year came against the Bay Area Breeze of the  Women’s Professional Soccer League on Saturday, Aug. 11.  Despite the Spartans 13 shots, as compared to the Breeze’s 16, San Jose State lost to the Breeze 6-0. 
SPARTANS’ NEXT GAME San Jose State takes on the University of the Pacific at Spartan Stadium Thursday, Aug. 30, for a 7:00 pm match. The Tigers hold a 3-8-0 series advantage over the Spartans.