THIS WEEK - SPARTANS TRAVEL TO ARIZONA
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team continues a stretch this weekend of five of six non-conference games away from home. The Spartans are scheduled to depart San Jose by bus early on Thursday morning, September 13, headed for Flagstaff, Ariz. There, they will take on host Northern Arizona University under the lights at Lumberjack Stadium on Friday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. San Jose State will conclude the trip with a neutral-site game against Southern Utah University on Sunday, September 16, beginning at 2:35 p.m. Capacity at Lumberjack Stadium is 3,000 spectators.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-2-1, 0-0 WAC)
at NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY (3-0-1, 0-0 BSC)
LUMBERJACK STADIUM, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7:00 P.M.
vs. SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY (0-2-1, 0-0 SL)
LUMBERJACK STADIUM, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2:35 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (0-2-1, 0-0 WAC) at NORTHERN ARIZONA (3-0-1)
Northern Arizona is off to the best start in program history with an undefeated overall mark of 3-0-1. The Lumberjacks are coming off a pair of narrow 1-0 victories to win their own annual La Quinta Inn & Suites High Altitude Tournament last weekend over Liberty and San Jose State’s Western Athletic Conference opponent Utah State. NAU has not allowed a goal yet this season, with senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Winkelblech boasting a current school-record streak of 394:53 minutes without being scored upon heading into Friday’s match-up with the Spartans.
Sophomore midfielder Sarah Vallen scored the game-winner over Utah State at 104:53 of the second overtime period, off a free-kick assist from freshman Kristi Andreasson. The goal against Liberty came from senior midfielder Tai Powers in the second half. The Lumberjacks had trounced Lamar, 7-0, during its own Hilton Garden Inn Mountain Classic the previous weekend. Five of the seven goals were tallied by freshmen, including two by Carolyn Savage.
In 2006, Northern Arizona went 7-10-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big Sky Conference to finish sixth in the league standings. The Lumberjacks return nine letterwinners, eight of them starters.
San Jose State and Northern Arizona have never previously met in women’s soccer. Andre Luciano, a 1993 graduate of Indiana and a former Hoosier standout, is now 43-64-7 in his seventh season in charge.
SAN JOSE STATE (0-2-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. SOUTHERN UTAH (0-2-1, 0-0 SL)
Southern Utah, located in Cedar City, Utah, suffered its worst loss in program history on the final day of the Governor’s Cup in Pocatello, Idaho, on Sunday, September 9, dropping a 9-0 decision to another one of San Jose State’s WAC opponents in Boise State. Seven of the goals came on 18 shots after the halftime break.
The Thunderbirds open Summit League play with their 2007 home opener on Thursday, September 13, against South Dakota State prior to heading to Arizona for a single game with the Spartans. Southern Utah has a current overall record identical to that of San Jose State, at 0-2-1, following a season-opening draw in double overtime at in-state rival Utah Valley State, 1-1, on Friday, August 31, and a 2-0 loss to yet another WAC team, Idaho, on the first day of the Governor’s Cup. The Thunderbirds were picked to finish fourth in the Summit League.
In 2006, Southern Utah posted a record of 5-10-3 overall and 2-1-3 in the Mid-Continent Conference, making its second straight Mid-Con Conference Tournament appearance.
The lone Thunderbird goal thus far on the year came from sophomore midfielder Laura Goodrich in the second half at Utah Valley State, with senior defender Ashley Westphal assisting. Senior Holly Senter sees a bulk of the minutes in goal.
San Jose State and Southern Utah have never previously met in women’s soccer. Brian Stock, a 1995 graduate of Akron, is in his seventh season at the helm. He has led the Thunderbird program since its inception in 2001.
Live stats for all San Jose State home contests held at Spartan Stadium, and most road matches, including both this weekend in Arizona, are available free of charge at sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page.
The game with Northern Arizona on Friday, September 14, will have live television coverage available on DISH Network (Channel 9411), and a tape-delayed broadcast beginning at 10:00 a.m. PDT on Sunday, September 16, on Fox College Sports Pacific.
LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS FALL AT SACRAMENTO STATE
San Jose State lost a non-conference match at Sacramento State, 2-0, on Friday, September 7. The teams played a relatively even first half without a goal being produced, with the home side maintaining an advantage in scoring opportunities. The Hornets out-shot the Spartans for the period, 10-4, and earned three corner kicks to none by San Jose State. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Marissa Dayton played a large part in keeping Sacramento State scoreless, gaining credit for a trio of saves, including two on shots from close range late in the half.
The two best Spartan chances came on free kicks by Jackie Zabek and Heidi Romswinckel-Guise, both of which went just wide of the Hornet goal, with the former following a foul on junior midfielder Jennifer Guadagnolo after a nice run up the middle of the field.
Sacramento State finally broke the deadlock at the 51:52 mark as senior forward Katie McCoy put a cross into the penalty box from the right side for Katelin Hopping to head in for her first collegiate goal. McCoy then upped the advantage to 2-0 at 60:29, finding herself one-on-one with Dayton before chipping a shot over her and into the back of the net.
Zabek and sophomore Roxy Kamal had two shots apiece for the Spartans, each with one on goal. As a team, Sacramento State held a final shot advantage of 18-7. Romswinckel-Guise earned her first start of the season at forward alongside junior Liz Behlen. Dayton finished the match with seven saves.