THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HEAD TO STATE CAPITAL TO FACE HORNETS
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays just one game this weekend, continuing its non-conference slate at Sacramento State. The team will travel by bus to Sacramento on Friday, September 7, with the game now scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, contrary to the previously announced time of 1:00 p.m. Capacity at Hornet Field is 1,500 spectators. The Spartans will return to San Jose immediately following the game.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-1-1, 0-0 WAC)
at SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0, 0-0 BSC)
HORNET FIELD, SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2:30 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (0-1-1, 0-0 WAC) at SACRAMENTO STATE (1-0)
(Series Even, 5-5-2)
Sacramento State is coming off a 4-0 season-opening home win over Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday, September 2. Sacramento State had previously topped Chico State at home and San Francisco on the road, 4-2 and 1-0, respectively, in a pair of exhibition contests. Following Friday’s game, the Hornets will host SJSU’s conference rival Fresno State on Sunday.
In 2006, Sacramento State posted a record of 10-7-4 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big Sky Conference, finishing in a tie for second in the league standings. The Hornets return 17 letterwinners, including seven starters.
Standouts include senior forward Katie McCoy, who’s two-goal effort against Mount St. Mary’s put her alone in fourth place on the school’s all-time list with 15 goals scored. Sunday’s result marked sophomore goalkeeper Mandy Trojan’s third career individual shutout. Senior forward Amanda Gray tallied a goal and an assist on the afternoon, while the fourth goal came off the foot of true freshman Leah Larot, a San Jose native.
The all-time series is even between these two squads, with each team having won five meetings, and tied twice. They have played each other once in each season since the Spartan program began in 1995. The Spartans are also an even 2-2-2 all-time in games played against the Hornets in Sacramento. Last year, Sacramento State posted a 2-1 victory over San Jose State in Spartan Stadium on September 13. The last time the teams faced off in Sacramento, they played to a double-overtime draw, 2-2, on September 25, 2005. Randy Dedini, a 1993 graduate of Sonoma State, is in his first season in charge. The 4-0 shutout of Mount St. Mary’s marked his first-ever victory as a collegiate head coach.
GAME TIME CHANGED FOR FRIDAY
Game time for the match between San Jose State and Sacramento State on Friday, September 7, in Sacramento, Calif., which had been listed as 1:00 p.m., has been pushed back to 2:30 p.m.
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SPARTANS OPEN UP AGAINST PAIR OF WCC FOES
San Jose State put together a solid showing in a pair of games against opponents from the tough West Coast Conference to open the 2007 season last week. The Spartans were first edged at eighth-ranked Santa Clara in the first installment of this year’s “Rivaly Series” between the South Bay schools, 3-2, on Friday, August 31. Goals in that one came from senior tri-captains Kristin Krale from the penalty spot in the 79th minute to pull to within 2-1, and Jackie Zabek on a header from a Liz Behlen free kick with just 32 ticks left for the final margin. Marissa Dayton made nine saves in goal for San Jose State.
In their home opener on Sunday, September 2, against a second WCC foe in the University of San Francisco, the Spartans battled back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits to earn a 3-3 draw in double-overtime. Krale and Zabek both scored again, with Krale’s again from the penalty spot. The San Jose State scoring began on Heidi Romswinckel-Guise’s first college goal at 46:15 to make it 1-1. Dayton provided eight more stops. Krale added an assist on Zabek’s goal, while Brittny Beshore assisted on Romswinckel-Guise’s strike. The teams combined on a four-goal flurry (two apiece) within a span of 11:45 in the second half.
ROMSWINCKEL-GUISE NOTCHES FIRST COLLEGE GOAL
Heidi Romswinckel-Guise’s 25-yard left-footed strike a minute and 15 seconds into the second half of the Spartan home opener against USF on September 2 accounted for her first collegiate goal. Through the first two games, the senior tri-captain leads the team with seven shots.
TRI-CAPTAINS ON TARGET
All five Spartan goals in the early going have come from their three senior tri-captains, Kristin Krale (2), Jackie Zabek (2) and Heidi Romswinckel-Guise.
DAYTON REACHES 100 SAVES
Marissa Dayton, who only rejoined the team in training just days before the 2007 season opener at No. 8 Santa Clara on Friday, August 31, made a total of 17 saves over the first two games of the year last weekend, surpassing the 100-saves mark in the process. She now has 102 stops in one-plus season, putting her fifth on the all-time Spartan chart.