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San José State opens 2017 under the Friday night lights at nearby Santa Clara University
Aug. 15, 2017
2017 WOMEN'S SOCCER SEASON BEGINS UNDER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS AT SANTA CLARA San José State opens the 2017 regular season Friday night just a few miles away at Santa Clara University. The match against the No. 24-ranked Broncos is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcast live on TheW.tv.
San José State (0-0) at #24 Santa Clara University (0-0)
HOME OPENER SET FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 20 After Friday night's game the Spartans will take on UC Santa Barbara in the regular season home opener on Sunday, August 20. The match will officially begin the new era of San José State soccer with a permanent home, the Spartan Soccer Complex. The women's match is part of a soccer doubleheader with the men's team which takes on Santa Clara beginning at noon. Don't miss out on this special day and call the Spartan Ticket Office now to purchase tickets in advance.
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SPARTANS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON COACHES' POLL The Spartans have been predicted to finish the 2017 regular season in second place out of 12 teams according to the Preseason Mountain West Coaches' Poll. San José State was predicted to finish second in 2016 which came to be true after finishing league play 7-3-1.
The Spartans have eight freshmen on the roster this season, all of which head coach Lauren Hanson believes will play a significant role in the 2017 season. Hanson has a track record of getting the best out of her first-year players. Last season as a freshman, Kristen Amarikwa was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team and Newcomer Team while being a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Pacific Region defender. Going back to 2015, Darriell Franklin was one of the Mountain West's leading scorers throughout her freshman regular season and was a huge factor in SJSU's NCAA Postseason run.
RIVALS UNITE IN SPARTAN NATION
Once high school rivals, Lauola Amanoni and Natasha Harris have now united as friends and Spartan teammates. Amanoni was Palo Alto High School's top defender, and at the left-back position would find herself in a 1-v-1 against Mountain View High's star forward Harris twice a year. The two players didn't know one another personally in high school but they always understood the challenge they presented each other before the big match. Now the two have united as friends and as roommates for their first year competing together for the Spartans.
San José State is returning just over 65 percent of it's goal scoring from a year ago, led by forward Dorthe Hoppius who put eight in the back of the net in 2016. Darriell Franklin, Sabrina Miller and Kristen Amarikwa are all returning after scoring three goal apiece last season. Amarikwa's offense was just a secondary threat as she proved to be one of the Mountain West's toughest defenders all season long last year as a freshman. Returning in the midfield is Yaritza Arista, a 2016 MW All-Newcomer Team honoree, who scored a pair of goals and mixed in three assists.
SANTA CLARA OPENS 2017 RANKED NO. 24
The Santa Clara Broncos advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA Postseason, and that momentum has carried into 2017 as they begin the year ranked 24th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Last year they were nearly unbeatable at home with an 8-1-3 record, and the team is returning many of its top players. The Broncos are one of four teams that SJSU will face during 2017 that reached NCAA postseason last year.
THE NEW SPARTAN SOCCER COMPLEX
San José State has played in a number of different home venues in recent years, but 2017 marks the beginning of a new era with a permanent home in the new Spartan Soccer Complex. The team's home opener at the new field is set for Sunday, August 20, at 2:30 p.m. (PT). That will be the only home match during the first month of the season, but the team plays seven consecutive matches at home to begin the month of September. Tickets are available at the gates or you can call the Spartan Ticket Office at 408-924-7589 for purchases in advance.