WOMEN'S SOCCER: Spartans at home for two games

This week: San Jose State University's women's soccer team plays its home opener Tuesday at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans take on Cal Poly starting at 7:30 p.m.

San Jose State is also at home Thursday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against Sacramento State.

On the horizon: After Thursday's game, the Spartans' next action is on Monday, Sept. 4, when San Jose State hosts Wisconsin beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Spartan Stadium.

Spartans against Cal Poly: Cal Poly holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. San Jose State is looking to make it two straight over the Mustangs; last year in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the Spartans recorded a 3-1 victory. Brandy Apodaca scored twice and Jennifer Mescher had one goal in the win.

Spartans vs. Sacramento State: San Jose State leads the all-time series, 3-1. The Spartans recorded a 1-0 victory last year in Sacramento on Kristina Jacob's penalty kick in the 13th minute.

Interim Head Coach Tamie Grimes: Tamie Grimes is in her first year as interim head coach of the Spartans. Grimes was an assistant coach at SJSU last year and a graduate assistant in 1998.

Spartans in the WAC: San Jose State is one of seven teams in the Western Athletic Conference, which has expanded by one team this season with the addition of the University of Nevada. The top six teams in the final conference standings will advance to the conference playoffs, which will be held at Fresno State Nov. 2, 3, 5. The winner of the conference playoffs receives an automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs.

San Jose State will again host the NCAA Division 1 Women's College Cup, Dec. 1 and 3 at Spartan Stadium.

Last week: San Jose State opened the season with a split of two road matches. On Friday the Spartans lost to the University of Oregon, 5-3, in Eugene, Ore. On Sunday, San Jose State recorded a 4-0 victory over Portland State in Portland, Ore.

The Spartans rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the second half of Friday's game on back-to-back goals by Kristina Jacob. It was Jacob's first two-goal game at San Jose State. Jacob's first goal was unassisted, while Jennifer Mescher received an assist on Jacob's second goal. Jolene Keel scored the first Spartan goal, on an assist from Jackie Ostdiek.

On Sunday, Karli Silveira came off the bench to record two goals and an assist in San Jose State's 4-0 win. Silveira broke a scoreless tie less than a minute after entering the game, on an assist by Jennifer Mescher. Brandy Apodaca gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead, with the assist credited to Erica Oatman. Silveira followed with her second goal (unassisted). Julie Brum capped the scoring, with assists to Silveira and Mescher.

Spartan Notes: Silveira's first goal against Portland State was the game winning goal. She now has three in her SJSU career, and is now tied for sixth on the all time list. She is tied with Jennifer Mescher, who had three game-winning goals last season, and Kristen Leonti, who tallied three game-winning goals in 1996-97.

Eryn Meyer's solo shutout against Portland State is the first of her San Jose State career. She is tied for second in career solo shutouts, and is tied for fourth in single-season solo shutouts and career combined shutouts.

This season's San Jose State schedule starts off with four games in the first seven days and five games in 11 days. Those include last weekend's matches against Oregon and Portland State, the two games this week, and next Sunday's game against Wisconsin.