Women's Soccer Takes On CSU Bakersfield

The San Jose State women’s soccer team travels to the San Joaquin Valley Friday to face CSU Bakersfield at 7:00 p.m.
Friday at CSU Bakersfield (1-3), 7:00 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.
SERIES HISTORY The Spartans have never lost to CSU Bakersfield, holding a 3-0-0 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have faced each other each season since 2008. San Jose State won the inaugural meeting, 3-0, on Oct. 14, 2008, in San Jose, then defeated the Road Runners, 2-0, in Bakersfield the following year. The Spartans defeated CSUB in last season’s meeting, 2-1, on Sept. 5, in Spartan Stadium.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (0-5) hosted Cal Poly and UC Davis in a two-game homestand Sept. 2 and Sept. 4, falling to the Mustangs, 2-0, and to the Aggies, 5-2. Senior Shanelle Furner collected her first points of the season with a first-half goal and second-half assist against UC Davis. Furner’s goal came left-footed in the 40th minute, and she assisted Kelsy Holm’s goal in the 84th minute. Senior Lauren Sanchez led eight Spartans who fired at least one shot against Cal Poly with four attempts of her own.
Furner is now the Spartans’ leader in points with three. Junior Kelsey Lord leads the team with eight shots and three shots on goal through five games. Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald has 25 saves and a 2.33 goals against average.
ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD The Road Runners (1-3) earned a split in its weekend games, defeating Southern Utah, 3-0, Friday at home before falling to Loyola-Marymount Sunday by the same 3-0 score in Los Angeles.
Kassi Massey is the team’s leading scorer with two goals and four points. Massey also holds the team lead in shots and shots on goal with seven and three, respectively. Goalkeeper Kym Gause has grabbed 24 saves in 375 minutes, 55 seconds of time minding the net.
SLOW STARTS EQUAL SUCCESS Despite beginning both the 2009 and 2010 seasons with a 0-4 record, San Jose State won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles and reached two WAC postseason tournaments. In 2010, the Spartans’ first victory of the year came against CSU Bakersfield. The last time San Jose State earned a win in its first four games was 2004 when the Spartans defeated IUPUI, 3-1, at home in their third game of the season.
CLIMBING THE RECORDS BOOK Kelsey Lord and Meghan Maiwald have already made moves in the Spartans’ career records list early in 2011, and the two are poised to continue climbing. With Lord’s goal against No. 15 Santa Clara in the season opener Aug. 19, the junior claimed sole possession of third place in career points at SJSU with 46, passing Julie Brum (45), who played from 1997-2000. She also moved into a three-way tie for fifth all-time in career goals with 16, sharing the spot with Brum and Karli Silveira (1998-2000).
Maiwald’s 25 saves this season have given her 121 in her career, allowing her to pass Marissa Dayton (110) and move into sixth all-time. Next in Maiwald’s view is Erin Meyer, who recorded 156 saves from 2000-02.
SPREADING THE SCORING San Jose State has received all five of its goals this season from five different players. Kelsey Lord scored in the season opener versus No. 15 Santa Clara Aug. 19, Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal Aug. 26 against No. 13 UC Irvine, and Jessica Ingram tallied a goal Aug. 28 at UC Riverside. Sunday, Furner and Holm both notched scores against UC Davis.
WORKING OVERTIME Both of the Spartans’ games at the UC Riverside Invitational Aug. 26 and 28 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 28-29-9 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 two games next week, starting with a 4 p.m., Sept. 16, road contest at Sacramento State. They return home Sunday, Sept. 18, for a 1 p.m. game against visiting Portland State.