Spartans Host Mustangs, Aggies in Weekend Homestand

The San Jose State women’s soccer team returns home this week for a two-game weekend homestand. Friday the Spartans welcome Cal Poly to Spartan Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The UC Davis Aggies visit at 7 p.m. Sunday for another game under the lights in Spartan Stadium.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-3)
Friday vs. Cal Poly (2-2), 7 p.m.
Sunday vs. UC Davis (2-1), 7 p.m.
Live Stats Live stats are available free of charge on www.sjsuspartans.com 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 and select the game by clicking on the camera icon.  Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section of the women's soccer home page.
Spartans Tickets Tickets to all home women’s soccer games are available at the gate starting one hour before kickoff. Fans can also call the San Jose State Spartans Ticket Office for advance group purchases by calling 408-924-SJTX.
Series History Cal Poly holds the all-time series advantage over SJSU, 6-2. The Mustangs have won four straight against the Spartans dating to 2001. Cal Poly is 2-1 as the road team in the series, including 1-1 in Spartan Stadium. Last season’s meeting in San Luis Obispo on Sept. 3 went to the Mustangs, 2-0. San Jose State’s last win in the series came on Aug. 29, 2000, 1-0, in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans have won two straight and hold a three-match unbeaten streak against UC Davis to lead the all-time series, 3-2-2. The teams have met every season since 2004. The Spartans took a 2-1 victory in Davis last season on Oct. 10. The series record is an even 1-1-1 for games played in San Jose.
About San Jose State The Spartans (0-3) faced triple-digit temperatures and more tough opponents at the UC Riverside Invitational Friday and Sunday, falling twice in double overtime by the same 2-1 score. Friday it was No. 13 UC Irvine’s Amanda Hardeman who gave the Anteaters the victory with an unassisted goal in the 101st minute. Kayde Hensley of UC Riverside did the deed Sunday, putting away the victory for the Highlanders in the 102nd minute.
Freshman Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal Friday against No. 13 UC Irvine in the 78th minute to send the game into overtime. Senior Jessica Ingram found the net for the first time in 2011 during the 88th minute Sunday against UC Riverside to also send the match into overtime. Senior goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald made 15 saves in 203 minutes, 47 seconds of playing time and held opponents to a 1.77 goals against average.
About Cal Poly The Mustangs (2-2) wrapped up last week’s action Sunday with a 3-0 loss to No. 16 Santa Clara in their home opener at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Friday the team defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1, in double overtime. After a season-opening, 2-1 win at Big East Conference member Cincinnati, Cal Poly suffered a 3-1 setback at Dayton.
Sara Lancaster is the Mustangs’ leading scorer with two goals in the team’s first four games of 2011. Cici Kobinski leads all Mustangs with two assists, while Tiffany Gummow is the team’s most active shooter, taking a team-leading 14 shots so far, seven of which were on goal.
About UC Davis The Aggies (2-1) are coming off a 1-0 win Sunday over rival Sacramento State in the Causeway Soccer Showdown. The team opened its season with a 2-0 victory over San Francisco Aug. 19 before falling at Seattle, 1-0, Aug. 21.
Lexi Poppoff is the Aggies’ leading points-scorer with three (one goal, one assist). UC Davis goalkeeper Maria Magana has posted two shutouts with 10 saves and a 0.33 GAA in 270 minutes of work between the posts.
Spreading the Scoring In three games, San Jose State has received goals from three different players. Kelsey Lord scored in the season opener versus No. 15 Santa Clara Aug. 19, Ruder scored Friday against No. 13 UC Irvine, and Ingram tallied a goal Sunday at UC Riverside.
Working Overtime Both of the Spartans’ games at last weekend’s UC Riverside Invitational went into double overtime. A total of 203 minutes, 47 seconds of game time was played by San Jose State. The last time SJSU played in two overtime games within the first three games of the season was 2001, when the Spartans defeated Seton Hall in double overtime, 2-1, before falling at Cal Poly, 2-1, in overtime.
Head Coach Jeff Leightman Jeff Leightman is in his fourth season leading the San Jose State women’s soccer program. Leightman has collected a 28-27-9 record at the helm of the Spartans while winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10.
Up Next The Spartans will play one game next week, a Sept. 9 road contest at Cal State Bakersfield. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.