Women's soccer opens 2006 season at LMU

THIS WEEK
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team opens the 2006 season on the road on Friday, August 25. The Spartans will bus to Los Angeles, Calif., on the afternoon of Thursday, August 24, and take on the Lions of Loyola Marymount University at Sullivan Field at 1:00 p.m. the following afternoon. San Jose State posted records of 6-12-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference a season ago, finishing the campaign on a 6-2-1 run and one game short of an NCAA Tournament berth. Loyola Marymount, a member of the West Coast Conference, is also opening the 2006 season on August 25. Capacity at Sullivan Field is 2,000.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-0, 0-0 WAC)
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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
SULLIVAN FIELD, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (0-0, 0-0 WAC) at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
(LMU Leads Series, 1-0)

Loyola Marymount is coming off a 2005 season in which it went 6-10-4 overall and 1-5-1 in the West Coast Conference, finishing last in an eight-team WCC which featured four teams ranked among the nation’s top 20, including eventual national champion Portland.

The Lions, picked to finish sixth in the conference in 2006, fell to No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, in an exhibition game in Fullerton, Calif., on Thursday, August 17. LMU outshot the Titans in its final tune-up, 9-7. LMU returns seven starters and 15 letterwinners. Among them are 2005 WCC all-freshman team selection Michelle Kanama and senior midfielder Whitney Temple, who earned All-WCC honorable mention. Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded eight shutouts last season, fourth among conference goalies in 2005.

San Jose State and Loyola Marymount have met just once before since the Spartan women’s soccer program’s inaugural year in 1995. LMU defeated the Spartans, 4-0, in Los Angeles, Calif., in SJSU’s 2002 season opener on August 31, 2002.

The LMU head coach is Gregg Murphy. Entering his 11th year in charge, Murphy has a record of 95-75-21 at the school. The 10-player 2006 Lion recruiting class was ranked eighth in the West and 28th in the nation by Soccer Buzz.

COVERAGE
Live statistics for the Loyola Marymount-San Jose State game will be available for free at www.sjsuspartans.com and www.lmulions.com, through CSTV GameTracker.

DAVE SIRACUSA ON LMU GAME
“ LMU plays in arguably the best conference in the nation. For the past three years, they have had top-30 recruiting classes. I think they will be fast and skilled. We had a good, competitive training camp. We played really well (in the exhibition) at Sonoma State. We looked a little tight early, but after about 30 minutes, we started building. I was happy with our performance.”

SPARTANS BLANK SONOMA STATE IN EXHIBITION OPENER
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team blanked host Sonoma State University, 1-0, in an exhibition match at Seawolf Field on Friday, August 18.

The lone goal of the game came from Spartan junior midfielder Kristin Krale at the 67:09 mark in the second half. Sophomore forward Jessica Scott’s left-footed shot was saved by Seawolf goalkeeper Vanessa Merced, but Krale put home the rebound.

Redshirt freshmen Marissa Dayton and Kelsea Scott each played a half in the net for San Jose State, with Dayton needing to make one first-half save. The Spartans outshot the hosts, 23-5, including 10-1 in shots on goal and 15-2 following the halftime break.