Women's soccer hosts pair of non-conference foes at Spartan Stadium

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THIS WEEK
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team concludes a season-long three-game homestand this week with a pair of non-conference matches inside Spartan Stadium. The Spartans will first play host to their second straight opponent from the Big Sky Conference, in Sacramento State, on Wednesday, September 13. San Jose State will then welcome Notre Dame de Namur University on Friday, September 15. Kick-off for both games is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. SJSU will reach exactly the midway point of its non-conference schedule following Wednesday’s game.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-3-1, 0-0 WAC)
vs. SACRAMENTO STATE (3-2, 0-0 BSC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 7:00 P.M.

vs. NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR UNIVERSITY (1-5)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (1-3-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. SACRAMENTO STATE (3-2)
(SJSU Leads Series, 5-4-2)
Sacramento State is coming off a weekend split of two road games. The Hornets routed SJSU’s Western Athletic Conference opponent, Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, 6-0, on Friday, September 8. Five different players scored following a 35th-minute own goal by the host Vandals. Junior forward Katie McCoy had one of the goals and two assists. Freshman Mandy Trojan and sophomore Jenny Lawrence each played one half in goal during the shutout effort. Sacramento State then was edged, 1-0, at Washington State on Sunday, September 10, surrendering the game’s only goal with just 3:44 left in regulation. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Hornets after a season-opening 2-0 home loss to Nevada.

McCoy and Kayelyn Satkowski, herself a junior forward, currently lead Sacramento State in scoring with seven points apiece. Satkowski has one assist and a team-best three goals. McCoy has two goals and a team-high three assists. Trojan has seen most of the minutes in goal, posting a 0.48 goals-against-average, 14 saves and one individual shutout.

San Jose State holds a 5-4-2 edge over Sacramento State in the all-time series. The last meeting between the teams took place a season ago, with the Spartans gaining a 2-2 tie in Sacramento, Calif., on September 25, with goals coming from Jackie Zabek and Cristin Murphy. The teams last matched up in San Jose in 2004, with SJSU blanking the Hornets on Spartan Field, 3-0.

In her third season in charge of the Hornets, Katie Poynter has an overall record of 14-25-3.

SAN JOSE STATE (1-3-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR (1-5)
(First Meeting)
San Jose State and Notre Dame de Namur will meet for the first time at Spartan Stadium on Friday, September 15. Notre Dame de Namur, located in Belmont, Calif., is an independent member of the NCAA Division II.

The Argonauts will carry a five-game losing skid into a Tuesday home date with Fresno Pacific University, ahead of Friday’s match at Spartan Stadium. NDNU last dropped a 1-0 decision to Concordia University of Irvine on Saturday, although it outshot the Eagles, 21-14. A season-opening, 2-1 victory at San Francisco State preceded the five straight losses for the Argos, including three on the road, and the last two in shutout fashion in Atherton, Calif.

Freshman Amy Armijo leads Notre Dame de Namur with three goals. Junior midfielder Morghan King tallied the game-winner against San Francisco State. Junior Julie Loucks also has a goal. Senior defender Yang Zhou has produced one assist and six shots in five games played. Candice Schrodetzki, also a senior, has played every minute in goal thus far.

The Argos are coached by Joe Silveira.

COVERAGE
Live statistics will be available free of charge at www.sjsuspartans.com for both the Sacramento State and Notre Dame de Namur games this week. Just click on “Live” on the top menu bar and then on “Live Stats”. Also, beginning with the September 13 match-up against Sacramento State, all home games inside Spartan Stadium throughout the remainder of the 2006 season, five in all for the SJSU women’s team, will have live video streaming available for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone” at www.sjsuspartans.com.

SPARTANS DEFEAT IDAHO STATE IN HOME OPENER
Heather Oranje’s goal with just 2:12 remaining in regulation propelled the Spartans to a 2-1 victory over Idaho State University in its 2006 home opener at Spartan Field last Friday.

Cynthia Pinkney began the play with a corner kick from the left side. Jackie Zabek beat her marker to the ball and flicked a header to the right side, where Oranje corralled it and put a low shot into the left side of the Bengal goal at 87:48. Zabek and Pinkney were credited with assists.

Although San Jose State outshot the visitors in the first half, 9-5, Idaho State had the best chance to score over the first 45 minutes, when a Bengal shot in the sixth minute was cleared off the goal-line by Brittny Beshore, her second such clearance in three games.

The Spartans got on the board almost immediately following the second-half whistle, as Jessica Scott stole the ball from a Bengal defender and cracked a shot from the right side from 20 yards out which hit off the left post and went into the goal just 51 seconds into the period. Idaho State equalized on a 61st-minute penalty kick.

For the game, SJSU had 20 shots and six corner kicks to 14 and three, respectively, by Idaho State. Individually, Cristin Murphy had a team-high four shots for San Jose State. Kelsea Scott made her second straight start in goal and finished with four saves on the afternoon.