Women's Soccer Looks For First Wins At Cal Poly, Sacramento State

Alexis Venegas scored her first collegiate goal in the Spartans' 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 30.

Sep 4, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Sacramento State1
San Jose State2
October 21, 2012
Spartan Stadium

THIS WEEK:

Cal Poly                                     San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Sacramento State                              Sacramento, Calif.

Sept. 6            Cal Poly                      7:00 p.m.
Sept. 8            Sacramento State        3:30 p.m.

(All times in PDT)

SAN JOSÉ STATE TRAVELS TO CAL POLY, SACRAMENTO STATE: This weekend, the San José State University women's soccer team (0-4) heads to the Central Coast to visit the Cal Poly Mustangs (3-0), then heads to the state capital to face Sacramento State. The Spartans play the Mustangs on Friday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m. and the Hornets on Sunday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m.

The Spartans faced Bay Area rivals the University of San Francisco and No. 18 California on Friday, August 30 and Sunday, September 1, and left both Negoesco and Edwards Stadiums with losses. Alexis Venegas scored her first collegiate goal to tie the match, 1-1, but a last-minute goal by the Dons handed them the 2-1 victory. Against the Golden Bears, the Spartans entered the scoreless second half with the 4-3 advantage in shots. A stellar five-point performance by reigning PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Ifeoma Onumonu doomed San José State, as they lost to California, 3-0.

LIVE STATS: Live stats for this weekend's matches will be available on SJSUSpartans.com. Click on the calendar button in the center of the homepage, then access live stats for each match by either clicking on the Match Tracker icon, or the Live Stats link.

LIVE STREAM: Live video and audio will be available for the Cal Poly match. Live video is available free-of-charge through BigWest.TV at http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16264. For live audio, go to SJSUSpartans.com. Click on the calendar button in the center of the homepage, then access the live audio by clicking the Live Audio link.

CAL POLY: The Mustangs (3-0) have started the 2013 season with a three-match unbeaten streak, thanks to a stellar showing by sophomore forward Elise Krieghoff. A two-time 2013 Big West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, Krieghoff leads the nation in goals scored with seven. A four-goal performance in Cal Poly's second game of the season, against CSU Bakersfield, sparked her offensive output. Starting goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti has one solo and one combined shutout, with a 0.75 goals against average and .875 winning percentage. In his 22nd season as head coach is Alex Crozier.

SACRAMENTO STATE: After being shut out by UC Davis and Cal Poly to open the 2013 season, the Hornets (1-2) earned their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 1. Sophomore forward Alyssa Anderson scored two goals and Gabriella Trenton had two assists in the win. Starting goalkeeper Kimberly Mata has a 2.00 goals against average and a .778 save percentage in 270 minutes in net. Head Coach Randy Dedini  is in his seventh season.

SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH: Head Coach Jeff Leightman is at the Spartans' helm for his sixth season, entering 2013 with a 40-47-11 record. The 2009 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year, he is the only coach to lead his team to back-to-back regular season conference titles. In each of his first four years, he led the Spartans to a WAC Tournament bid.

SPARTANS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH: The 2013 San José State University women's soccer team was picked to finish ninth in the Mountain West by a panel of the conference's 11 head coaches.

The Spartans return seven starters and 13 letterwinners to its 2012 squad that finished 6-11-1. In its inaugural Mountain West season, San José State plays a program-high 10 conference matches and faces two teams ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason list (San Diego State, No. 11; California, No. 20).

2013 SQUAD FEATURES QUALITY RETURNERS AND EXCITING NEWCOMERS: The 2012 team-leading scorer and second team All-WAC and Preseason CollegeSportsMadness.com honoree Megan Molina joins the team for her senior season, while centerback Rachel Docherty, who played the second-most minutes of all returners, anchors the backline. Seven newcomers join the squad, including 2012 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year Kareli Rodriguez and goalkeeper Sarah Peplinski, the 2013 Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year. In addition, Niki Brooks, who has six years of coaching at the collegiate level, joins the team as an assistant coach.

NOTES FROM THE PITCH:

Ashley Boitz has played in three matches for the Spartans this season.

Rachel Docherty has started three of the Spartans' matches this season.

Alex Donaldson has played in four of the Spartans' matches this season.

Lupita Estrada scored the Spartans' two goals at the University of San Diego Tournament in and was named to the University of San Diego Tournament All-Tournament Team. She has started all of the Spartans' matches this season. She leads the team in goals (2), points (4), shots (6) and shots on goal (5).

Sarah Fraser has played in all of the Spartans' matches this season.

Alex Jimenez has played in all of the Spartans' matches and has one start this season.

Cheryl Kute has started all of the Spartans' 2013 matches this season and has taken two shots. She was named to the University of San Diego Tournament All-Tournament Team.

McColl Matthews has started all of the team's matches this season, and is tied for the Spartans' lead in assists (1). She has taken one shot, which was between the pipes.

Carley McBeath has started all of the Spartans' matches this season. She has one assist and has taken four shots.

Megan Molina has starts in all of the Spartans' matches this season. She has taken three shots, one of which was between the pipes.

Megan Rauschnot has started all of the team's matches, taking one shot this season.

Stephanie Rebagliati has played in all of the Spartans' matches this season, making one start.

Kareli Rodriguez is tied for the team's lead in assists with one after starting all of the team's matches this season. She has taken two shots.

Becca Spangler has three starts for the Spartans this season, making an appearance in a fourth match. She has taken one shot.

Alexis Venegas has started all of the Spartans' matches this season. She scored her first collegiate goal against San Francisco and has taken three shots, all of which were between the pipes.

NOTES FROM BETWEEN THE PIPES:

Sarah Peplinski has started all of the Spartans' matches this season. In 338:34 minutes, she has a 0-4 record with a 2.92 goals against average and a .577 save percentage.

Zoe Makrigiannis appeared for 31:26 in one match for the Spartans this season. She allowed one goal and recorded a 2.86 goals against average.

SPARTANS' NEXT MATCH: San José State makes its 2013 debut at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 15, against UC Santa Barbara for a 5:00 p.m. match.