Spartans Head To Portland State For Non-Conference Finale

The Spartans have given up five goals this season, leading the Mountain West in goals allowed.
Sept. 16, 2014

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San José, Calif.
- The San José State women's soccer team will travel to Rip City in its final match before kicking off Mountain West competition on Sunday, September 21 to face Portland State. Match time is set for 11:00 a.m. 

San José State (2-3-2)
at Portland State (3-2-2)


Sunday, September 21, 2014, 11:00 a.m.



SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE:
Portland State enters Sunday's match with an overall record of 3-2-2. In its last match, Portland State junior forward Tamia Hasan scored the golden goal in overtime, after goalkeeper Caitlin Plese saved a penalty kick with less than two minutes left in regulation as the Vikings defeated Oregon for the first time since 2004, 1-0.

Portland State is led by freshman Mackenzie Bean with a pair of goals. The Vikings also boast a collective team effort. Five players have at least one goal and four of the team's seven goals have been assisted on.

LAST TIME OUT:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - In its second overtime match of the weekend the San José State (2-3-2) women's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw Sunday morning in a nonconference match at the University of San Francisco.

"All the condition work we did in preseason showed today and helped us," said first year coach Lauren Hanson, after her teams second consecutive overtime draw of the weekend.

San Francisco's (4-2-2) Mackenzie Krieser, while falling to the ground scored from inside the left box in the 40th minute to give the Dons the 1-0 lead slightly before halftime.

For the second consecutive match, the Spartans defensive held strong in the second half. Allowing fewer opportunities on goal, and keeping the opposition out of the net to get themselves a shot at keeping pace in the matches.

With regulation nearing a close, San José State junior Gabriella Stange erased the one goal deficit. The Fremont, Calif. native put home a shot in the top left corner for the equalizer in the 72nd minute.

Following the Stange equalizer, the Dons had the only shot in the regulation time. Allison Arriola attempted to beat Zoe Makrigiannis, but the goalkeeper came up with the crucial save to send the match to extra time.

USF outshot San José 5-0 in extra time, but the Spartans did an excellent job of bend but don't break leaving San Francisco with a 1-1 draw.

"Great team performance today. To travel on the road and go to overtime and then tie the game showed our true character and ability to believe. It was a good result for us on the road," said Hanson. Zoe came up with a couple of huge saves for our squad."

SPARTAN RANKINGS:
Led by junior goalkeeper Zoe Makrigiannis, the Spartans
lead the Mountain West and cracked the nation's top-50 in goals against average (42nd, .672) and save percentage (45th, .848). San José State also shares the conference lead in shutout percentage (.429).

Makrigiannis is locked in a tie for the Mountain West lead in shutouts (3) and is in second in save percentage (.848), shutouts per game (0.43), and in saves (28).

THE HANSON ERA HAS BEGUN:
On Sunday, August 31, 2014, Hanson earned her first victory as the head coach at San José with a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State at Spartan Soccer Field.

Hanson became the program's sixth head coach in December of 2013. A winner of NCAA Women's College Cup championships as a player (University of Portland, 2002) and an assistant coach (University of Portland, 2005), Hanson came to the Spartans from the University of Oregon where she was the associate head coach and the Ducks' recruiting coordinator.

ON DECK FOR THE SPARTANS:
San José State will begin Mountain West play with a pair of home matches starting Friday, September 26, against preseason Mountain West favorite, San Diego State at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 28, versus New Mexico at 12:00 p.m.

A NEW HOME FOR SPARTAN SOCCER:
SJSU men and women's soccer have a new home in 2014. All home matches will be played at Spartan Soccer Field located at South Campus on Alma Street, between Seventh Street and Senter Road.

LIVE STATS

Fans can follow the action of all San José State home and most road contests by accessing the "Live Stats" feature on the women's soccer schedule page at www.sjsuspartans.com.  



VIDEO STREAMING

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A NEW HOME FOR SPARTAN SOCCER:
SJSU men and women's soccer have a new home in 2014. All home matches will be played at Spartan Soccer Field located at South Campus on Alma Street, between Seventh Street and Senter Road.

 

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