Spartans Best Start To Season Since 2007

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University (0-1-1) takes on the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (0-2-0) on Friday, Aug. 24, for a 7:30 p.m. start at Spartan Stadium.

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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CSU BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS

The Roadrunners began its season with a three-game road trip that ends in San Jose. The team's first game  of the season was a 2-1 loss versus UC Riverside. Two days later, the Roadrunners faced Cal Poly, a match that ended in a 1-0 loss.

SCOUTING REPORT

Freshman Joanna Ortiz scored the Roadrunners lone goal over the weekend in her team’s 2-1 loss versus UC Riverside. She also took six shots, four of which were on goal. Junior Erica Shelton, who assisted on Ortiz's goal, took a team-high eight shots over the weekend, just one more than junior Sam Pena. 

COACHING

Head Coach Melissa Phillips enters her second season at the helm of the Roadrunners program. In her first season as a major collegiate head coach, Phillips led the Roadrunners to a 3-14-1 record. 

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

San Jose State has recorded its best two-game start to the season since 2007 with a tie and a loss.  The Spartans' 2012 season opener ended in a 1-1 tie versus USF on Aug. 17, and the team dropped its first away game of the season at California, 5-2, on Aug. 19.

MEGAN MOLINA

The best offensive player over the Spartans' two-game weekend, junior Megan Molina recorded a goal at Cal and an assist versus USF for three points, and took three shots.

HELEN PHAN

A senior defender, Helen Phan scored her first-career goal in the Spartans' 1-1 tie versus USF. She also took two shots, both at USF.

CHERYL KUTE

Junior Cheryl Kute scored the Spartans' second goal of the game at Cal for a two-point start to her season.

MIKAELLA MEIBOCK

The Spartans most offensive freshman, Mikaella Meibock took five shots in two games played and started. 

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

Leightman coached the 350th game of his major college career at the Spartans' home opener versus the USF Dons. He coached at Binghamton University for 10 seasons prior to San Jose State.

Phan scored her first career goal in 33 games played in the 1-1 tie versus USF. Her two games started this season have already matched her career high set in 2010.

Freshman Emily Pryor started and played in her first two career games this weekend. She posted a 3.09 goals against average and a .615 save percentage in 145 minutes played.

SPARTANS' PREVIOUS GAMES

San Jose State opened the 2012 season with two games against Bay Area rivals: the Spartans home opener versus the USF Dons on Aug. 17 and the Spartans first away game of the season versus the California Golden Bears on Aug. 19.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS

San Jose State women's soccer season opener ended in a 1-1 tie against the University of San Francisco Dons Friday night. Senior Helen Phan scored the lone goal for the Spartans nearly 16 minutes in to the game for the first goal of her career. But at the 75-minute mark, USF sophomore Jaciara Mello tied the game for the Dons. Despite several quality chances for both teams, neither San Jose State nor USF could capitalize on their chances and both teams start their season at 0-0-1.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

San Jose State (0-1-1) faced off in an afternoon matinee Sunday against the California Golden Bears (2-0-0) for the Spartans' first away game of the season. The Spartans opened scoring 8:25 in to the first half when junior Cheryl Kute picked up a rebound and kicked the ball in to the near post. But Golden Bear Grace Leer tied the game at one nearly 22 minutes in to the first half when, following a Cal corner kick, she picked up the loose ball on San Jose State's six-yard box. Spartan junior Megan Molina kept her team in the game, however, when her free kick bounced in to Cal's net. But the Golden Bears' offense was too strong for San Jose State, and Cal scored four unanswered goals to win the Sunday matinee, 5-2.

SPARTANS' NEXT WEEK

San Jose State takes on the University of the Pacific at Spartan Stadium Thursday, Aug. 30, for a 7:00 p.m. match. The Tigers hold an 8-5-0 series advantage over the Spartans.