Women's soccer travels to Cal Poly, USF

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THIS WEEK
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team continues a season-long four-game road stretch to open the 2006 campaign at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Friday, September 1. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Sports Complex. The Spartans will bus south to Cal Poly on the morning of Friday, September 1, returning to San Jose immediately after the game. San Jose State will then make the shorter trip north to the University of San Francisco on Sunday, September 3, to take on the area rival Dons at 1:00 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-0-1, 0-0 WAC)
at CAL POLY (1-1, 0-0 BWC)
SPORTS COMPLEX, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 7:00 P.M.

at UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO (0-2, 0-0 WCC)
NEGOESCO STADIUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (0-0-1, 0-0 WAC) at CAL POLY (1-1, 0-0 BWC)
(Cal Poly Leads Series, 4-2)
Cal Poly is coming off an opening weekend in which it split a pair of home matches. The Mustangs dropped a 3-2 decision to the University of San Diego on Friday, August 25, before upsetting No. 20 Pepperdine, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday, August 27. Ashley Vallis scored both Cal Poly goals against USD within a span of 1:54 in the second half. Jessica Rodriguez tallied the sudden-victory game-winner at the 93:48 mark to beat Pepperdine.

The Mustangs were picked to finish fourth in the eight-team Big West Conference in 2006, earning a pair of first-place votes. Cal Poly returns seven starters and 17 letterwinners from a 2005 squad that went 10-5-4 for its fourth straight winning season, but missed out on the Big West Tournament with a 2-4-1 league mark and seventh-place regular-season finish.

Cal Poly leads the all-time series between the two teams, 4-2. Their last meeting came a year ago at Spartan Field in San Jose, with the visiting Mustangs winning by the score of 4-1. The last time the two teams played in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly came away with a 2-1 victory in overtime back on September 9, 2001. The Spartans are 1-2 in San Luis Obispo all-time.

Cal Poly is coached by Alex Crozier. In his 15th year in charge, Crozier has a record of 176-81-27. The 2006 Mustang recruiting class was ranked 82nd nationally by Soccer Buzz.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-0-1, 0-0 WAC) at SAN FRANCISCO (0-2, 0-0 WCC)
(USF Leads Series, 7-2)

San Francisco dropped both games it played last weekend to open the 2006 season, without scoring a goal. The Dons lost at Fresno State, 2-0, on Friday, August 25, and at home against UC Davis, 3-0, on Sunday, August 27.

San Francisco returns eight starters and 19 letterwinners from a 2005 team that finished 4-14-2 overall and 2-5 in the tough West Coast Conference, tying for sixth place. Among returning Dons are 2005 second-team All-WCC selection Chelsea Hunt, a senior forward who led the team in scoring a year ago, and 2005 WCC all-freshman team pick Jessica Duty. The sophomore tandem of Katie Hodgson and Kelly Pohle have each played a complete game in goal.

USF, which leads the all-time series, 7-2, won the last meeting between the teams, 2-0 at Spartan Field in San Jose on September 23, 2005. The Dons won by that identical score the last time they faced the Spartans in San Francisco, on September 26, 2004. The Spartans have never won in San Francisco, going 0-5, and have lost five straight in the series dating back to 2001.

The Dons are coached by Pamela Kalinoski. In her sixth year, Kalinoski has posted a record of 37-59-7.

COVERAGE
Live video streaming will be available for the San Francisco-San Jose State game, courtesy of Yahoo! Broadcast. The live video, as well as live statistics via CSTV GameTracker, can be accessed through both www.sjsuspartans.com and www.usfdons.com.

No multimedia is available for the Cal Poly game.

Beginning with the September 13 match-up against Sacramento State, all home games inside Spartan Stadium throughout the remainder of the 2006 season, five in all for the SJSU women’s team, will have live video streaming available for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone” at www.sjsuspartans.com.

DAVE SIRACUSA ON CAL POLY AND USF GAMES
“Cal Poly is a quality side who lost to the University of San Diego of the West Coast Conference on Friday, but turned around and beat No. 20 Pepperdine, also of the WCC, in overtime on Sunday. Being an area rival, USF is a team that we would really like to beat. They beat us 8-0 the year before I got here, and 2-0 up there in my first season.

“We’ve been working on getting one of our central midfielders into the attack more, as well as our midfield defense. We feel like the midfield is one of our strengths, which is why we are putting five players in that area.”