San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University women's soccer (1-1-1) takes on the University of the Pacific Tigers (0-3-0) on Thursday, August 30, for a 7:00 p.m. start at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans then head to Davis, Calif., on Sunday, September 1, to faceoff at 1:00 p.m. against the UC Davis Aggies (2-0-1).
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 THE PACIFIC TIGERS
The 2012 season has not been kind to the Tigers three games in. Winless against California, USF and nationally-ranked Pepperdine, the University of the Pacific has managed just two goals combined to start its season.
Junior Maricela Padilla has netted one of the Tigers' two goals scored this season, after she redshirted last year. Junior Haylee Bettencourt recorded her first career goal versus Pepperdine University. Sophomore transfer Mirella Mattos has taken 10 shots.
Head coach Keith Coleman, in his 19th season with the Tigers, has compiled a 164-141-36 overall record at Pacific. Last season, the Tigers ended its season with a record of 8-9-1.
UC DAVIS AGGIES
In three games to open its season, the Aggies are undefeated with wins against Fresno State and Nevada, and a tie versus Sacramento State. The four goals recorded in the Aggies' wins, both 2-1 overtime victories, were scored by four different players.
Junior Kiele Argente leads the Aggies in points, with one goal and one assist. Senior Allison Kelly, who leads her team with 11 shots, scored one of UC Davis' four goals this season.
Entering her 21st season, MaryClaire Robinson is the Aggies' head coach with a 176-144-27 career coaching record. Last season, her team reached its first conference tournament with a 11-7-1 record.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
San Jose State has recorded its best start to the season since 2000 with a tie, a loss, and a win after a 3-0 shutout of CSU Bakersfield on Friday, August 24.
The Spartans most offensive player to start the season, freshman Mikaella Meibock has four points off of two goals scored to lead her team in both categories. She also leads San Jose State in shots with eight. She was also named the August 20 TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week for her performance in the CSU Bakersfield match.
Sophomore Kacey Gricius netted her first two career points, a goal and an assist, in the CSU Bakersfield match.
Junior defender Amanda Heins recorded her first point as a Spartan, an assist versus CSU Bakersfield.
Junior Megan Molina recorded a goal at Cal and an assist versus USF for three points, and has taken four shots in three games played this season.
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.
Junior Cheryl Kute scored the Spartans' second goal of the game at Cal for a two-point start to her season.
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.
Four Spartans achieved career milestones in its team's 3-0 shutout over the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners.
Meibock scored her first two career goals. Her four points lead the Spartans.
Gricius netted her first career goal in nine games played.
Heins recorded her first point as a Spartan, an assist, in 19 games played.
Freshman Emily Pryor recorded her first career shutout in three games played.
SPARTANS' PREVIOUS GAMES
After opening its season with two hard-fought games against Bay Area rivals, the Univeristy of San Francisco Dons and the California Golden Bears, and going 0-1-1, San Jose State faced off against the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Friday, August 24, at Spartan Stadium, and walked away with its first victory of the season after spectacular play by Meibock. The Spartans are off to its best season start since 2003.
CSU BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS
San Jose State women's soccer won its first game of the season in a 3-0 shutout of the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Friday night. Kacey Gricius opened scoring nearly four minutes in to the first half when she skirted around a Bakersfield defender and kicked the ball past goaltender Tori Ornela. Under seven minutes later, freshman Mikaella Meibock caught a Roadrunner defender off guard, sneaked past her, and shot the ball in to the net. The tandem of Gricius and Meibock struck again and closed out scoring just over nine minutes in to the first half when, charging the net, Gricius passed the ball to Meibock who easily slid it past Ornela for her second of the game.
SPARTANS' NEXT WEEK
San Jose State takes on the University of Nevada Wolfpack for a 7:00 p.m. match in Spartan Stadium on Friday, September 7. The Spartans lead the season series 10-3-1. The UC Riverside Highlanders come to town Sunday, September 9 for a 1:00 p.m. matinee. The Highlanders hold a 5-2-0 advantage over the Spartans.