THIS WEEK - SPARTANS RETURN HOME TO TAKE ON AGGIES
The San Jose State University women's soccer team makes its first home appearance since August 28 when it plays host to the UC Davis Aggies on Friday night, September 18. Kick-off under the lights and on the FieldTurf at Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. This marks the third and final one-match week for San Jose State in 2009, as it will play twice each week for the remainder of the season.
San Jose State is now 2-4 on the year, coming off a season-long four-game road stretch in which it went an even 2-2. The Spartans have won two straight contests by a combined score of 12-1. The Aggies, of the Big West Conference, remain undefeated at 4-0-1 and enter play Friday on a four-match win streak.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-4, 0-0 WAC)
vs. UC DAVIS (4-0-1, 0-0 BWC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:00 P.M.
Live stats for all San Jose State home soccer matches are available courtesy of JumpTV and NeuLion at SJSUSpartans.com. Live stats are also available for a majority of the team's road contests. 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.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-4, 0-0 WAC) vs. UC DAVIS (4-0-1, 0-0 BWC) (UCD Leads Series, 2-1-2)
UC Davis concludes a four-match road stretch of its own this Friday night. The Aggies have won each of their first three games away from home by an aggregate score of 16-2. The run has included a 5-0 shutout at Cal State Bakersfield, a 5-1 win at Montana, and a 6-1 triumph at Eastern Washington last Sunday, September 13. The four-game overall win streak began for UCD with a 3-2 home victory over Marist. In their opener, the Aggies tied Sacramento State, 1-1, following two overtime periods.
Senior forward Rochelle VanBuskirk is off to a remarkable start for UC Davis, already with 18 points from seven goals and four assists. Marisa Boge, herself a senior forward, is close behind with 13 points from five goals and three assists. No other Aggie has more than one goal, but 10 different UCD players have found the scoresheet. Junior Sarah Peters has seen a majority of the minutes in goal, boasting a 1.04 goals-against-average with 11 saves.
UC Davis leads the all-time series, 2-1-2. The teams have met once each season since 2004, alternating venues. The Spartans' only win came in the inaugural meeting, 1-0, in Davis, Calif., on October 22, 2004. Since then, the teams played to a pair of scoreless draws on September 16, 2005, and last year in Davis on August 29. Those double-overtime affairs were sandwiched around back-to-back Aggie victories, 3-2 at home in overtime on September 6, 2006, and 1-0 in San Jose on October 17, 2007. The UC Davis head coach is MaryClaire Robinson.
SPARTANS EXPLODE ON EAST COAST
Following back-to-back narrow defeats at the USF odwalla Nike Classic the weekend before, when they out-shot both of their opponents but could only manage a single goal, the Spartans finally let their aggressions out on Lafayette and Howard. San Jose State topped Lafayette in Easton, Pa., 4-1, on Friday afternoon, September 11, in its first match on natural grass on the 2009 season, before walloping Howard in the nation's capital, 8-0, on Sunday afternoon, September 13.
Four different Spartans scored in their first victory of the year, with Roxy Kamal, Katie Bonadies, Kelsey Lord and Hallsie Pacheco all finding the back of the net, with the final tally a penalty-kick goal and Pacheco's second score of 2009. In her return following a two-game absence, Nina Butera made seven saves in goal to notch her first win of the season.
At Howard, the Spartans scored four times in each half, and out-shot the Bison, 35-7. opened her scoring account for 2009 with her first major college hat trick, while collected her first two major college goals. scored for the second game in a row, grabbed the second of her collegiate career, and fellow freshman her first. Knopp took six shots, while Lord had a season-high five shots and her first two collegiate assists. Kamal helped on three goals. Butera and each played a half of soccer to combine on the shutout, making one stop apiece.Danielle AndersonLaura HillKelsey LordRoxy KamalKatie KnoppEmmy Belding
EAST COAST TRIP SUPERLATIVES
San Jose State's 8-0 victory over Howard in Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon, September 13, broke or matched a number of program records. The eight goals scored, and eight-goal margin of victory, both equalled team records, as the Spartans had defeated Azusa Pacific at home by that same score in their second-ever game on September 14, 1995. The 25 total points tallied in the game, on eight goals and nine assists, is a new single-game program standard, eclipsing the 24 from that Azusa Pacific contest. The nine assists are a new San Jose State record.
Along with the 4-1 win at Lafayette two days before, San Jose State scored four or more goals in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2006 campaign, when it blanked Louisiana Tech at home, 5-0, on October 15, and won at Hawai'i, 4-2, on October 22. The 12 goals is the second-largest two-game total in program history, one behind the 13 from the Spartans' first two matches ever. San Jose State beat UC Santa Cruz, 5-2, on September 3, 1995, ahead of the Azusa Pacific result 11 days later.
Individually at Howard, Emmy Belding produced just the eighth hat trick in school history, and the first since Nicole Irwin scored three times in a 4-2 win at Hawai'i on October 22, 2006. Roxy Kamal fell one short of the single-game assists record, with helpers on each of the Spartans' first three goals. She is the first player this decade with three assists in a single match.