Women's Soccer Hosts Aztecs, Travels To Idaho

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HOST AZTECS, TRAVEL TO IDAHO
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team will play three games in the week ahead in search of its first win of the 2007 campaign. The week will see the Spartans close out a stretch of five of six non-conference games away from home. San Jose State will first host San Diego State University inside Spartan Stadium on Wednesday, September 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the first meeting between the former Western Athletic Conference rivals since 1998. The Spartans will then fly to Idaho the following day to take part in the 2007 Idaho State Classic in Pocatello, Idaho, over the weekend. San Jose State will play the host Bengals of Idaho State University on Friday, September 21, at 4:00 p.m. MDT. The Spartans will conclude tournament play against the University of Northern Iowa at 11:00 a.m. MDT on Sunday, September 23, and return to San Jose to prepare for a season-long four-game homestand the following weekend.

GAMES #6-8
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-3-2, 0-0 WAC)
vs. SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY (2-2-2, 0-0 MWC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7:00 P.M.

at 2007 IDAHO STATE CLASSIC
IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY (2-3-1, 0-0 BSC)
DAVIS FIELD, POCATELLO, IDAHO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 4:00 P.M.

vs. UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA (2-3-1, 0-0 MVC)
DAVIS FIELD, POCATELLO, IDAHO
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 11:00 A.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (0-3-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. SAN DIEGO STATE (2-2-2, 0-0)
(SDSU Leads Series, 2-1)
San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference begins a season-long four-match road stretch with Wednesday night’s game in San Jose.

Freshman goalkeeper Aubree Southwick had her consecutive shutout minutes streak of 428:21 snapped in a 2-0 home loss to No. 14 California on Sunday, September 16. She has made nine saves in each of the last two games, and 37 on the season, with three straight individual shutouts to her credit leading up to the Cal match. Offensively, the Aztecs have scored four goals in their six games. They are led by senior forward Jackie Ragudos with five total points off of a team-best two goals and one assist.

San Diego State leads the all-time series between the teams, 2-1. All three contests came as fellow members of the WAC. The Aztecs won a pair of home meetings in 1996 (3-0) and 1998 (4-0), around a 2-1 loss in their only previous trip to San Jose in 1997. Mike Friesen, a 1996 graduate of Sonoma State, is in his first season at the helm.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-3-2, 0-0 WAC) at IDAHO STATE (2-3-1, 0-0 BSC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0)
Idaho State is coming off back-to-back narrow overtime losses at Utah (3-2) and San Jose State’s Western Athletic Conference opponent Utah State (1-0), last weekend. The Bengals will be the Spartans’ third opponent from the Big Sky Conference this season, all on the road. San Jose State earlier lost at Sacramento State (2-0) and drew 0-0 at Northern Arizona. SJSU still hosts a fourth Big Sky foe in Eastern Washington at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 30.

The Bengals, who won their fourth Big Sky Tournament title and earned their fourth NCAA Championshp berth a year ago, previously topped WAC foes Boise State, 5-2, and Idaho, 2-0, as the host of the Governor’s Cup.

Senior goalkeeper Maren Eves was named the Big Sky “Co-Defensive Player of the Week” on Tuesday. ISU’s leading offensive player is sophomore forward Jana Boehler, who has six points off of two goals and a pair of assists. Senior Michelle Okumura also has two goals scored.

San Jose State defeated Idaho State, 2-1, in the only previous meeting between the teams, at home on Spartan Field in San Jose a year ago on September 8, 2006. Current Spartan senior defender Heather Oranje notched the game-winning goal with just 2:12 remaining in regulation. Jessica Scott had scored the opening goal early in the second half before the Bengals tied it up.

Allison Gibson, a 1995 graduate of Sonoma State, is in her second season in charge of the Bengals after leading them to a 10-9-1 overall mark as the Big Sky “Coach of the Year” in 2006.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-3-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. NORTHERN IOWA (2-3-1, 0-0 MVC)
(First Meeting)
Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Panthers travel to play in-state rival University of Iowa on Tuesday, September 18, before heading to Idaho. They are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss to Valparaiso. Prior to that, UNI had won back-to-back games for the first time since 2004, over Wisconsin-Green Bay and IUPUI.

Freshman Chelsie Hochstedler leads the team with 10 points from five goals scored, including a pair of goals in UNI’s 3-0 win over IUPUI. She has five of the seven Panther goals on the year. Senior Amy Seubert tallied the other score against IUPUI, her first since her freshman year.

San Jose State and Northern Iowa have never previously met in women’s soccer. Kathy Kakoyianni-Bering is 5-35-1 in her third season as the Panther head coach.

COVERAGE
Live stats for all San Jose State home contests held at Spartan Stadium, and most road matches, are available free of charge at sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page. The games in Idaho over the weekend will not have live stats.

The home game against San Diego State on Wednesday, September 19, is scheduled to feature live streaming video, for a subscription fee, through the “Gold Zone” at sjsuspartans.com.

The game at Idaho State on Friday, September 21, will have live audio coverage available free of charge through the official Bengal website, beginning at 4:00 p.m. MDT. Just go to the women’s soccer page at isubengals.com and click on the graphic on the right side.

LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS TIE ONE, LOSE ONE IN ARIZONA
San Jose State left Flagstaff, Ariz., on Sunday evening following a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Northern Arizona and a 1-0 loss to Southern Utah. It was the first meeting ever for the Spartans against either opponent.

At NAU on Friday night, the Spartans were unable to snap the Lumberjacks’ undefeated and unscored-upon start to the 2007 season, as neither team was able to crack the scoreboard over the 110 minutes of action. SJSU was out-shot, 15-12, by the home side, with Liz Behlen providing a game-high four shots. Nina Butera replaced Marissa Dayton in goal at the 19:53 mark in her collegiate debut, and made seven saves over 90:07 of scoreless soccer.

Against Southern Utah in a neutral-site match on Sunday afternoon, San Jose State surrendered a penalty-kick goal at 72:25 in the 1-0 loss. Butera made her first start as a Spartan and finished with three saves. SJSU was out-shot, 14-10.