Spartans Host Highlanders, Wolf Pack This Weekend

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University (2-2-1) begins a two-game homestand with a night match on Friday, September 7, against the University of Nevada Wolf Pack (2-3-1) at 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans then host the UC Riverside Highlanders (3-2-1) on Sunday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m.

LIVE STATS

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 NEVADA WOLF PACK

In the midst of a five-game road trip, the Wolf Pack earned its first road win of the season with a 1-0 victory against TCU on Sunday to improve to 2-3-1 on the year.

SCOUTING REPORT

Sophomore Chrisalyn Fonte leads the Wolf Pack in goals (4), points (9), and shots (13). With a 0.97 goals against average, senior goalkeeper Dana Moreno's play has led her team to two shutouts.

COACHING

Dr. Melissa Price enters her third season as the Wolf Pack's head coach. In two seasons, her teams have compiled a 10-25-3 record.

UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS

Four of the Highlanders' six games have ended with a one-goal difference, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Sunday versus UTEP that saw UC Riverside overcome a two-goal deficit.

SCOUTING REPORT

Sophomore Celia Valencia is first on the Highlanders in all offensive statistical categories. Senior Jessica Cortez has netted one of her team's three game-winning goals this season, and has UC Riverside's second-most shots (10).

COACHING

In his first season as interim head coach, Nat Gonzalez takes over a team that finished its 2011 campaign with an 8-9-2 record.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Spartans have recorded back-to-back wins in non-conference play for the first time in two years. This is the earliest San Jose State has accomplished this feat since 2000.

MIKAELLA MEIBOCK

Freshman Mikaella Meibock extended her scoring streak to three games for four goals this season. She leads the Spartans in this category, and in points (8) and shots (16).

EMILY PRYOR

Freshman Emily Pryor recorded her second shutout of the season versus Pacific with a 1.73 goals against average. Her two shutouts are second-most in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

MEGAN MOLINA

Junior Megan Molina recorded a goal at Cal and one assist versus USF and Pacific for four points. She ranks second on the Spartans in shots with eight.

KACEY GRICIUS

Sophomore Kacey Gricius netted her first two career points, a goal and an assist, against CSU Bakersfield. She has taken a career-high five shots this season.

HELEN PHAN

A senior defender, Helen Phan scored her first career goal in the Spartans' 1-1 tie versus USF. She also assisted on goals in Tigers' match.

CHERYL KUTE

Junior Cheryl Kute scored the Spartans' second goal of the game at Cal for a two-point start to her season.

COACHING

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.

MILESTONES

Pryor recorded her second career shutout, achieved in consecutive games versus CSU Bakersfield and Pacific.

SPARTANS' PREVIOUS GAMES

San Jose State shut out its opponent in consecutive games versus CSU Bakersfield and Pacific, but could not continue its winning streak against UC Davis.

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC TIGERS

San Jose State women's soccer shut out the University of the Pacific Tigers 1-0 Thursday night for its second win of the season. At the 56-minute mark, Spartan junior Megan Molina was awarded a corner kick and after directing the ball to the net, freshman Mikaella Meibock got the ball past goaltender Tashia Long off of a pass from senior Helen Phan. Meibock's game-winner was the lone goal of the night, and her third goal in two games. San Jose State freshman Emily Pryor earned her second shutout of the season in as many games after a six-save performance.

UC DAVIS AGGIES

Mikaella Meibock extended her goal-scoring streak to three games, but San Jose State women's soccer lost 3-1 to UC Davis Sunday afternoon at Aggie Soccer Field.  Junior Ashley Edwards opened scoring for UC Davis (2-0-1) nearly five minutes in to the game. Kiele Argente passed the ball to Edwards from the 30-yard line, who then spun around and shot over goalkeeper Emily Pryor's left shoulder. San Jose State knotted the score at the 21-minute mark. Meibock was awarded a corner kick and her shot bounced past goalkeeper Taylor Jern. It was her fourth goal of the season and extended her scoring streak to three games. But the Aggies regained its lead just 19 seconds in to the second half. Junior Kirstin Holmberg gave the ball to sophomore Lexi Poppoff who, on a breakaway, was able to tip the ball past Pryor. The goal was Poppoff's first of the season. Edwards closed out scoring in the 84 minute with her second goal of the game 20 yards to Pryor's left.

SPARTANS' NEXT WEEK

San Jose State head to Flagstaff, Ariz., for Northern Arizona University's High Altitude Tournament. On Friday, September 14, the Spartans take on the UNLV Rebels for a 4:00 p.m. game. On Sunday, September 16, San Jose State faces off against the NAU Lumberjacks for a 1:00 p.m. matinee.