Women's Soccer Travels To UC Riverside Tournament

The San Jose State women’s soccer team heads to Southern California this weekend for the UC Riverside Invitational. The Spartans will face their second consecutive top-15 opponent at 4 p.m. Friday when they take the field against No. 13 UC Irvine. Sunday the team will take on the tournament host Highlanders with a 2 p.m. start.
UC Riverside Invitational
San Jose State University (0-1-0) Friday, 4 p.m. -- vs. No. 13 UC Irvine (2-0-0) Sunday, 2 p.m. -- at UC Riverside (0-1-1)
Series History UC Irvine holds the all-time series lead over San Jose State, 6-2. The Spartans won the last meeting between the two teams, 2-1, on Oct. 7, 2007, in Spartan Stadium. The Anteaters won all four contests in the series from 2000-06, and won the first two games of the series in 1997 and 1998. The Spartans first broke through with a victory against UC Irvine with a 3-0 win on Sept. 12, 1999.
UC Riverside leads all-time series against the Spartans, 4-2. San Jose State won the inaugural game of the matchup, 3-0, on Sept. 2, 2002. The Highlanders then reeled off four straight wins in the series from 2003-2008, before the Spartans won again last season, 3-0, in Spartan Stadium.
About San Jose State The Spartans (0-1-0) saw their first action Friday when they hosted local rival and 15th-ranked Santa Clara in Spartan Stadium, falling 2-1 in their 2011 season opener. The Broncos got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to two first-half goals from Ellie Rice. Junior Kelsey Lord scored San Jose State’s goal on a penalty kick in the 89th minute.
About UC Irvine The No. 13 Anteaters (2-0-0) are off to a fast start this season after winning both of their games at the Texas A&M Invitational on opening weekend. The team jumped four spots this week to No. 13 in the NSCAA national poll after starting the season ranked No. 17. The Anteaters were chosen to finish first in the Big West preseason coaches’ poll, garnering seven of the possible nine first-place votes.
Lexi Kopf leads UC Irvine out of the gate in scoring, with two goals in two games, both eventual game-winners. Kopf has only taken two shots this season, but they both found the net. Dana Sanderlin leads the team with two assists.
About UC Riverside The Highlanders (0-1-1) earned a 1-1 tie Sunday against Western Athletic Conference member Idaho in their final game at the UNLV Rebel Classic. UC Riverside fell two days earlier on Friday, 3-0, to tournament host UNLV in both teams’ season opener. The Highlanders were picked to finish last in the Big West Conference preseason coaches’ poll.
Kayde Hensley has UC Riverside’s lone goal this season, and has put four of her five shots on goal for a .800 shots-on-goal percentage. Melissa Escamilla is the team’s leading returning scorer with two goals in 2010 from a team that managed just three goals all season. Highlanders goalkeeper Jessica White enters the season ranked second in the history of the program in goals against average (1.04), shutouts (11), saves (217) and minutes played (3,537:55).
Up Next The Spartans return home to Spartan Stadium Sept. 2 and 4 for a two-game homestand. Cal Poly visits Friday, Sept. 2 for a 7 p.m. kickoff before UC Davis comes to San Jose for another 7 p.m. start Sunday, Sept. 4.