SAN JOSE, Calif. – Fresh off their first win of the season, SJSU women’s soccer looks to build off their momentum as they travel to UC Riverside for the last nonconference match of 2018 before the start of MWC play. The Spartans will have their hands full as the Highlanders enter the contest undefeated at 6-0-1.
San Jose State (1-3-2) at UC Riverside (6-0-1)
Friday, September 14, 5 p.m. (PT)
UC Riverside Soccer Stadium (878)
GET TO KNOW – Caitlin McManus
Before digging into this week’s matchup, take a minute to meet freshman goalkeeper Caitlin McManus. Friday’s game will be a homecoming of sorts for McManus as she is a Riverside native where she was a four-year letter winner at Poly High. As a junior, she posted a staggering 37-0-2 record in the goal in Inland Valley League play and tallied 10 shutouts en route to leading her team to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs.
LAST TIME OUT
After coming up empty in three bouts with overtime, the Spartans finally came up victorious in their fourth try against UC Davis. Tied at no score with less than two minutes to play in the second overtime period, SJSU finally found the net in the 108th minute as freshman Hannah Mathews scored from inside the box to lift the Spartans to their first win of the season.
MEET THE OPPONENT – UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS
UC Riverside enters Friday’s match undefeated and with one tie. The Highlanders rattled off a string of six-straight wins to open the season, five of which in home matches. Last time on the pitch, UC Riverside travelled to Idaho where the tied the hosting Vandals at 0-0. The Highlanders are led by Nat Gonzalez, the 2013 Big West Coach of the Year, who is in his seventh season at the helm.
This will be the 10th meeting all-time between the Spartans and Highlanders with UC Riverside holding a 6-2-1 advantage. The teams last met on August 19, 2016 in San Jose in what ended in a scoreless tie. SJSU is 1-3 at games played in Riverside.
SIMONEAU STANDING OUT
Senior goalkeeper Paige Simoneau has been rock-steady for the Spartans so far in 2018, conceding just five goals while tallying 20 saves and pitching two shutouts. The Corona, Calif. product has posted a 1-3-1 record and holds a .800 win percentage. Simoneau picked up MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors following her shutout against Kansas State on September 2.
GOLDEN FOR HER FIRST GOAL
Freshman Hannah Mathew’s scored her first-career goal in 2OT to give the Spartans a 1-0 win over UC Davis on September 9. The golden goal came in the 108th minute off the assist from Natasha Hall.
GO 4 THE GOAL
SJSU women’s soccer is proud to work with Go 4 The Goal, a pediatric cancer support group with the unwavering mission ‘to make a difference in the lives of kids battling cancer.’ In support of this amazing cause, the Spartans are wearing gold laces in their running shoes all of September. To find out more information about Go 4 The Goal, visit their website at www.go4thegoal.org and be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@Go4theGoal).
SJSU closes out September with a four-game home stand Sept. 21, 23, 28 and 30. Fans, be sure to get your tickets now by visiting www.sjsuspartans.com/tickets/ or by purchasing at the north endzone gate of CEFCU Stadium, which serves as the main entrance for the Spartan Soccer Complex.