Women's Soccer Set For USF Odwalla Nike Classic

THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS HEAD TO USF FOR TOURNAMENT
The San Jose State University women's soccer team will search for its first victories of the 2009 season at this weekend's University of San Francisco odwalla Nike Classic at Negoesco Stadium. The Spartans (0-2) are set to take on a pair of East Coast opponents for the first time in program history. They first face Fairfield University of Fairfield, Conn., the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament champions, in the first match on Friday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m. The Stags (0-2) were automatic NCAA Championship qualifiers in 2008. San Jose State concludes tournament play against Long Island University (2-0) of Brooklyn, N.Y., beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 6.

The USF odwalla Nike Classic begins a season-long four-game road stretch for the Spartans, all against East Coast foes. San Jose State will travel to play at Lafayette and Howard next weekend.

GAME #3
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-2, 0-0 WAC)
vs. FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY (0-2, 0-0 MAAC)
NEGOESCO STADIUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 5:00 P.M.

GAME #4
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-2, 0-0 WAC)
vs. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY (2-0, 0-0 NEC)
NEGOESCO STADIUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1:30 P.M.

LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all San Jose State home soccer matches, as well as for most road contests, including both this weekend at the USF odwalla Nike Classic, at SJSUSpartans.com. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also click on Schedule/Results from the women's soccer home page and access the live stats from there.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. FAIRFIELD (0-2, 0-0 MAAC) (First Meeting)
Fairfield returns seven starters among 16 letterwinners from a team that went 15-5-3 overall and 7-2 in MAAC play for a second-place league finish a year ago. The Stags won the MAAC Tournament, before falling to seventh-ranked Oklahoma State, 1-0, in a first-round match of the NCAA Championship in Piscataway, N.J. Key returners off that Fairfield team include sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau (4.31 GAA, 19 saves), sophomore midfielders Casey Frobey (1 G, 1 A) and Adrienne Boyer (1 A), and sophomore forward Jasmin Corniel. The Stags dropped a pair of road decisions at No. 20 Boston College (5-0) of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Seton Hall (4-2) of the Big East Conference to begin the year.

Friday's meeting will mark the first in women's soccer between these schools. Jim O'Brien is 45-28-13 in his fifth season in charge of the Fairfield program.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. LONG ISLAND (2-0, 0-0 NEC) (First Meeting)
Long Island is off to a 2-0 start to the 2009 season following a pair of 1-0 home shutouts over Iona on August 28 and Buffalo on August 30. The latter result came in double overtime. Freshman goalkeeper Jennifer Bannon earned adidas/Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors as a reward for posting back-to-back clean sheets to begin her college career. Junior forward Samantha Hoak and senior teammate Kim Bishop accounted for the two Blackbird goals, with Bishop's the overtime winner against Buffalo, just 57 seconds into the second 10-minute sudden-victory session.

LIU was picked to finish second in the NEC in a preseason poll conducted by league head coaches. Sunday's meeting will mark the first in women's soccer between these schools. The Blackbirds play the host Dons of USF on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tracey Bartholomew is in her 10th season at the helm at LIU.

SPARTANS EDGED BY SAN DIEGO STATE
San Jose State suffered a second straight home shutout to open the 2009 season, this time by a score of 1-0 against visiting San Diego State, at Spartan Stadium on Friday, August 28. The Spartans were credited with seven shots in the match, with two each by Emmy Belding and Hallsie Pacheco. The senior duo accounted for the team's two shots on goal. The Aztecs notched the lone goal of the match in the 54th minute, and withstood a furious attempt late by the Spartans to knot the score. Nina Butera made seven saves in the San Jose State net. Freshman midfielder Shannon Righetti made her collegiate debut.