Women's Soccer Heads Cross Country

THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS GO CROSS COUNTRY TO CLOSE ROAD STRETCH
The San Jose State University women's soccer team left bright and early on Thursday morning, September 10, for the East Coast, arriving in Newark, N.J., in the evening. The Spartans round out a season-long four-match road stretch across the country at Lafayette (1-3) on Friday afternoon, September 11, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, and in the nation's capital at Howard (0-4-1) two days later.

San Jose State will stay in Easton, Pa., on Thursday night, ahead of its match there with the Leopards the following day. The Spartans travel by van to Washington, D.C., immediately after the match. The team will take a tour of the Capitol on Saturday morning, and go through one training session on the Howard campus that afternoon. After Sunday's match with the Bison, the Spartans will stay overnight in D.C., and fly back on Monday, September 14, with an expected arrival time in San Jose of 8:00 p.m.

GAME #5
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-4, 0-0 WAC)
at LAFAYETTE COLLEGE (1-3, 0-0 PATRIOT)
OAKS STADIUM, EASTON, PA.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 3:00 P.M. ET

GAME #6
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-4, 0-0 WAC)
at HOWARD UNIVERSITY (0-4-1, 0-0 GWC)
GREENE STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1:00 P.M. ET

LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all San Jose State home soccer matches, as well as for most road contests, at SJSUSpartans.com. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also click on Schedule/Results from the women's soccer home page and access the live stats from there. Live stats on Friday against Lafayette are courtesy of GameTracker by CBS College Sports, but no live stats will be available for Sunday afternoon's match at Howard.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-4, 0-0 WAC) at LAFAYETTE (1-3, 0-0 PATRIOT) (First Meeting)
Lafayette, a member of the Patriot League, is 1-3 and coming off a 4-1 home loss to Rider on Tuesday, September 8. Sophomore Janelle Pierson netted the lone Leopard goal. The Lafayette victory came over Delaware State, 4-0, at home last Friday, September 4. Four different players scored, and the Leopards did not allow a single shot to be taken defensively. Freshman Lauren Smedley produced the shutout in goal. The Leopards also have losses at home to La Salle, 2-0, and at Loyola (Md.), 3-2.

Friday's meeting will mark the first in women's soccer between these schools. Mick Statham is in his fourth season in charge of the Leopards, who were 2-13-2 overall and 0-6 in the Patriot a year ago. They return 18 letterwinners in all, including nine starters.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-4, 0-0 WAC) at HOWARD (0-4-1, 0-0 GWC) (First Meeting)
Howard is new this season to the Great West Conference, and like San Jose State, is searching for its first win of 2009. The Lady Bison are coming off a scoreless home draw with George Washington this past Sunday, September 6, at Greene Stadium, which snapped a four-match losing skid to begin their 2009 campaign. Sophomore goalkeeper Chanel Bell, the team's lone California product out of Whittier, made a career-high 16 saves to earn the shutout, and has 57 stops already on the year (2.44 GAA). Freshman forward Cynthia Snyder has two goals, while junior forward Rachael Lee has the only other Howard score.

Sunday's meeting will mark the first in women's soccer between these schools. Brent Leiba is in his first season at the helm at Howard.

SPARTANS SHOW IMPROVEMENT BUT FALL TWICE AT USF
San Jose State scored its first goal of 2009 and out-shot both of its opponents, but dropped a pair of hard-luck decisions to East Coast foes at the University of San Francisco odwalla Nike Classic at Negoesco Stadium last weekend. Fourth-year senior Hallsie Pacheco collected her first collegiate goal with 1:45 remaining against Fairfield on Friday, September 4, to pull the Spartans to within a score at 2-1, but a last-gasp effort by Katie Knopp was saved by the Stag goalie with three ticks left. Danielle Anderson made six saves in her major college debut. The Spartans had 13 shots to 11 by the opponent.

On Sunday afternoon, San Jose State out-shot undefeated and unscored-upon Long Island, 18-13, including 13-4 after halftime, but could only come away with a 2-0 loss through a pair of header goals within five and a half minutes of each other in the second period. Anderson added five more saves. Pacheco and Michelle Haughey represented the Spartans on the all-tournament team.

SCORELESS STREAK OVER
Fourth-year senior midfielder Hallsie Pacheco's goal at the 88:15 mark of the Fairfield game on Friday, September 4, snapped a scoreless streak of 268:15 to begin the new season for the Spartans. It was the first career goal for the native of Lodi, Calif.

NG-PINKERTON ACTIVE ASSISTS LEADER
By providing the cross from the left side on senior teammate Hallsie Pacheco's goal 89th minute against Fairfield on Friday, September 4, junior Lauren Ng-Pinkerton became the Spartans' active career leader in assists, now with four. Pacheco and fellow senior Roxy Kamal have three apiece.