Spartans Travel To San Diego State, Host UC Riverside

Contact: Brian Morandi, Sports Information Assistant
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September 7, 2010

Women's Soccer Preview

San Jose State women's soccer team (1-4) hits the road this week, traveling to San Diego State University Sports Deck, as the Spartans face the Aztecs (1-3-2) on September 10 beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Later, the Spartans return home on Sunday, September 12, facing UC Riverside (1-3) at Spartan Stadium.  Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

Words from head coach Jeff Leightman.

Q:  How does the victory on Sunday prepare the team for this weekend's play?

A: "We have two very good, quality opponents this weekend and hopefully we can keep the ball rolling.  We got a little unlucky with some of our results early on, but we had a good win on Sunday and hopefully we can keep it going.  Now it's just a matter of getting healthier and building momentum towards conference play."

Q:  How does this team fare on meeting expectations?

A:  "We have been playing hard, one of the tough parts of being a young team, a new team, is each team has to learn their identity and learn how to win.  This year it's about the new leader stepping up and figuring out who we (SJSU soccer) are going to become."

The SJSU-SDSU Series

SDSU owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with San Jose State.  The two teams played at Spartan Stadium last year, with the Spartans registering a 1-0 loss.

The SJSU-UCR Series

UCR holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series lead with San Jose State.  The last time the two met, the Highlanders blanked the Spartans 4-0 at Riverside.

Spartans Edge Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1

Kelsey Lord scored both goals on Sunday, September 5, helping the San Jose State women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield.  The home victory accounted for Spartans' first win of the season.  Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald played the entire 90 minutes in goal, making 3 saves and allowing 1 goal.

Opposition Notebook

San Diego State

Goalkeeper Aubree Southwick and defender Megan McQueeny were both included in the Top Drawer Soccer Mountain West Conference Players to Watch Women's Top 20 list.  Southwick remains the San Diego State's all-time career saves leader, while McQueeny earned a number of accolades in her 2009 sophomore campaign.  Sarah Halverson, Michaela DeJesus, Haley Palmer and Kim Carcich each have one goal this season, while Sarah Halverson leads the team with nine points.

UC Riverside

The Big West announced Monday, September 6 that goalkeeper Jessica White is the Big West Conference women's soccer defensive player of the week.  White picked up the eighth shutout of her career on Friday evening, September 3, as the Highlanders defeated Texas State, 1-0.  Melisa Escamilla leads the team in goals (1) and points (2).