Women's Soccer Faces Big Sky Opponents

The San Jose State women’s soccer team faces two opponents from the Big Sky Conference this week, traveling to Sacramento State Friday before returning home for a Sunday game against Portland State.
Friday At Sacramento State (3-5), 4 p.m.
Sunday vs. Portland State (4-4), 1 p.m.
LIVE STATS Live stats are available free of charge on www.sjsuspartans.com for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page and select the game by clicking on the camera icon.  Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section of the women's soccer home page.
SPARTANS TICKETS Tickets to all home women’s soccer games are available at the gate starting one hour before kickoff. Fans can also call the San Jose State Spartans Ticket Office for advance group purchases by calling 408-924-SJTX.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (0-6) scored twice at CSU Bakersfield Sept. 9 and took a 2-1 lead into halftime, but the Roadrunners (2-3) got three unanswered goals in the second half to win, 4-2. Junior Kelsey Lord scored her second goal of the season and McColl Matthews tallied her first collegiate goal in the first half. The win was CSU Bakersfield’s first over the Spartans in four all-time meetings.
Lord remains the Spartans’ leading scorer this season with two goals and an assist for five points. Lord is also the team’s top shooter with 12 shots and five shots on goal. Shanelle Furner follows with three points (one goal, one assist) and three shots on goal.
SERIES HISTORY Sacramento State and the Spartans have met every season since the women’s soccer program was created at SJSU, making this the 17th consecutive year the two teams face off. The Hornets hold a slight edge in the all-time series with a 7-6-3 record. The Spartans won three straight and four of five from 1995-99 to begin the series, only to see Sacramento State go 5-1-2 in the next eight meetings from 2000-07. Since then, the teams have played even, going 1-1-1 in the last three matches dating to 2008. San Jose State last won on Sept. 14, 2008, a 1-0 overtime victory in San Jose. Last season’s matchup went to the Hornets in double overtime, 2-1, at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans have never lost to Portland State, holding a 2-0 advantage all-time, though the two teams haven’t played each other in over a decade. San Jose State has outscored the Vikings, 8-2, in the series, defeating them, 4-2, on Halloween in 1997, and then taking a 4-0 shutout victory in Portland on Aug. 27, 2000.
ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE The Hornets (3-5) picked up two wins at home last weekend with a 1-0 win over San Francisco and a 2-1 overtime victory against Creighton. The wins snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets, who were outscored 6-0 over that stretch from Aug. 28 to Sept. 4. Sacramento State faces three WAC members in 2011, including San Jose State. The Hornets fell to Fresno State, 2-0, on Sept. 4, and are set to take on Nevada on Sept. 23.
Victoria Ramirez leads the Hornets in scoring with four goals and an assist in seven games played, good for nine points. Caitlin Pulver has three goals in eight games to account for the rest of the Hornets’ goals between her and Ramirez. Jordan Carlberg leads all Hornets with two assists while also being the team’s most active shooter, taking a team-leading 18 shots so far, five of which were on goal. Sacramento State goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie has made 25 saves and holds a 1.49 goals against average.
ABOUT PORTLAND STATE The Vikings (4-4) went 0-2 at their own Viking Soccer Classic Sept. 9 and 11. The losses ended a four-game winning streak Portland State had been riding from Aug. 26-Sept. 4. The Vikings’ Sept. 18 game against the Spartans will be their third this season against a WAC opponent. The team defeated Idaho, 2-1, Aug. 28 and topped Nevada, 2-0, Sept. 2.
Melissa Trammell leads the Vikings in scoring with three goals and an assist for seven points. Megan Martin is the team’s top shooter, taking aim 21 times and putting 13 of those on goal. Esty Geiger and Amanda Dutra both hold the team lead in assists with two. Goalkeeper Melissa Ferguson has recorded 28 saves and holds a 0.59 goals against average while recording three shutouts in eight games this season.
ASCENDING THE CAREER RANKS Kelsey Lord and Meghan Maiwald have already made moves in the Spartans’ career records list early in 2011, and the two are poised to continue climbing. Lord’s five points this season has pushed her career total to 49, allowing her to claim sole possession of third place in career points at SJSU, passing Julie Brum (45), who played from 1997-2000.   Maiwald’s 37 saves so far this season has given her 133 in her career, allowing her to pass Marissa Dayton (110) and move into sixth all-time. Next in Maiwald’s view is Erin Meyer, who recorded 156 saves from 2000-02.
MORE RECORD PACE FOR MAIWALD Maiwald’s 37 saves through six games puts her on pace for 111 stops in 2011, which would tie her for the second best-ever total at San Jose State in a single season. Amee Brown also recorded 111 saves in 1997. The Spartans’ single-season saves record is 113, held by Erin Lavey from the 2002 campaign.
GREAT CROWDS San Jose State has drawn more than 415 fans in each of its first three home games and has averaged 474 fans per contest. The Spartans’ average home attendance is third-best in the WAC, just four fans behind second-place Utah State, which has held five home matches. A crowd of 508 watched the Spartans face No. 15 Santa Clara on Aug. 19 in the season opener, which was the largest crowd to watch a San Jose State women’s soccer game at Spartan Stadium since 847 fans filled the seats on Oct. 30, 2009 for a game against WAC rival Fresno State.
SPREADING THE SCORING San Jose State has received six of its seven goals this season from six different players. Kelsey Lord scored in the season opener versus No. 15 Santa Clara Aug. 19 and got her second of the season Friday at CSU Bakersfield. Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal Aug. 26 against No. 13 UC Irvine, and McColl Matthews got her first collegiate score Friday at CSU Bakersfield. Jessica Ingram tallied a goal Aug. 28 at UC Riverside, while Shanelle Furner and Kelsy Holm both notched scores Sept. 6 against UC Davis.
SLOW STARTS EQUAL SUCCESS Despite beginning both the 2009 and 2010 seasons with a 0-4 record, San Jose State went on to win back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles and reach two WAC postseason tournaments. The last time San Jose State earned a win in its first four games was 2004 when the Spartans defeated IUPUI, 3-1, at home in their third game of the season.
HEAD COACH JEFF LEIGHTMAN Jeff Leightman is in his fourth season leading the San Jose State women’s soccer program. Leightman has collected a 28-30-9 record at the helm of the Spartans while winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10.
UP NEXT The Spartans will play two games away from home next week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. night game at Pacific, Friday, Sept. 23. The team then takes on St. Mary’s (Calif.) at 12 noon Sunday, Sept. 25.