Women's soccer hits road for two, hosts UC Riverside

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Fresh off a season-long three-game homestand during which it went 2-1, the San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays three matches in the week ahead. The Spartans will first make local road trips to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary’s College at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, and to Stockton, Calif., to face the University of the Pacific at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22. San Jose State will then play host to its final non-conference home game of 2006 on Sunday, September 24, as it welcomes UC Riverside to Spartan Stadium with kick-off set for 1:00 p.m.

at SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE (1-5-2, 0-0 WCC)


vs. UC RIVERSIDE (5-2, 0-0 BWC)

SAN JOSE STATE (2-4-1, 0-0 WAC) at SAINT MARY’S (1-5-2, 0-0 WCC)
(SMC Leads Series, 6-1)
Saint Mary’s is coming off a weekend in which it participated in the Harvard Invitational in Boston, Mass. The Gaels played host Harvard to a scoreless tie on Sunday, September 17. Saint Mary’s tied its first game of the tournament as well, 1-1 with Northeastern on Friday, September 15, with Danielle Spann scoring the lone goal for the Gaels. Saint Mary’s has not won since a 3-1 season-opening home win over Long Island. The Gaels dropped five games in a row prior to their two draws in Boston.

Spann currently leads the Gaels with six points on three goals. Noelle Brown, Jennifer Zenovich and Tara Larson, all true freshmen, have each seen over 200 minutes in goal for Saint Mary’s thus far this season. Larson made four saves to earn the shutout against Harvard.

Saint Mary’s holds a 6-1 advantage over San Jose State in the all-time series. The Spartans earned their first win over their area rivals in last year’s meeting, as Nicole Irwin’s blast from distance with just 3:28 left in overtime gave SJSU a 3-2 victory. In the previous meeting in Moraga, the Gaels posted a 4-0 win. SJSU has never beaten Saint Mary’s in Moraga, going 0-4. Kelly Lindsey is in her first year in charge of the Saint Mary’s women’s soccer program.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-4-1, 0-0 WAC) at PACIFIC (5-1-1, 0-0 BWC)
(UOP Leads Series, 6-5)

Pacific had a six-game unbeaten streak ended in its last outing, a 1-0 home loss to No. 19 Brigham Young on Thursday, September 14. Four of the games during UOP’s streak, were played away from home. Pacific travels to play Fresno State on Tuesday, September 19.

Mandi Van Dorn and senior Kelsey Nagel each have two goals and one assist for five total points to lead the Gaels offensively. Alysse Valenzuela and Suzy Peterson also have two goals apiece. Junior Jaime Souza has played every minute in goal thus far, allowing just the goal to BYU for a 0.13 goals-against-average. She has six shutouts and 31 saves. BYU’s goal came at 84:03, ending the Tigers’ school-record streak at 661:01 without conceding a goal.

Pacific carries a narrow 6-5 edge in the all-time series. The Tigers won last year’s meeting, 2-1 in double overtime, at Spartan Field in San Jose. Nicole Martinez scored the only goal of the game for San Jose State. In the previous meeting in Stockton, Calif., Pacific took a 4-2 decision in 2004. The Spartans are 1-4 all-time against UOP in Stockton. In his 13th season at the helm, Keith Coleman has a current overall record of 116-98-23.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-4-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. UC RIVERSIDE (5-2, 0-0 BWC)
(UCR Leads Series, 2-1)
UC Riverside split its last two games heading into the week, blanking San Diego State on Sunday, September 10, 1-0, on a 51st-minute goal by sophomore midfielder Loana Holness, and losing to Creighton in overtime, 2-1, on Sunday, September 17. The Creighton loss snapped a five-game win streak for UCR since a 2-0 season-opening loss at Colorado College, during which the Highlanders outscored their opponents, 11-2. They went 2-0 to win the Puma Classic in Irvine, Calif. The Highlanders are at Fresno State on Friday, September 22, before visiting SJSU.

UC Riverside is led in points by Jenna Leonti with eight on two goals and a team-best four assists. Tessa Lennala has a team-high three goals to go with one assist for seven points. Senior Tawny Poggio is the regular goalkeeper. She has a 0.82 goals-against-average, 38 saves and three shutouts. Poggio recorded her 300th career save in a 2-0 shutout at Air Force on August 27.

The Highlanders lead the all-time series between the teams, 2-1. In the first meeting in 2002, San Jose State blanked UCR in Riverside, 3-0. On Spartan Field in 2003, UC Riverside won by the score of 3-1. Last season in Riverside on September 4, the Highlanders edged the Spartans, 2-1. Liz Behlen scored the lone SJSU goal. UC Riverside is coached by Veronica O’Brien, now in her sixth season.

Live statistics will be available for Saint Mary’s-San Jose State free of charge through CSTV GameTracker at www.sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live” on the top menu bar and then on “Live Stats”. The San Jose State-UC Riverside game will have live statistics at no charge, as well as live video streaming available for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone,” at www.sjsuspartans.com. No live multimedia is available for the Pacific-San Jose State contest.

San Jose State dropped a tough, 2-1 decision to Sacramento State on Wednesday, September 13, before defeating Notre Dame de Namur, 3-1, on Friday, September 15, to conclude a three-game homestand last week with a record of 2-1.

Against Sacramento State, Cristin Murphy got the Spartans on the board first at 26:04. Nicole Irwin’s corner kick from the right side, was met by a Hornet defender on the far post, but her clearance went parallel to the goalmouth, with Murphy waiting by the near post to head the ball into the roof of the net.

Sacramento State tied the game at the 74:21 mark. The Hornets began to pressure the San Jose State goal late in the contest, producing four corner kicks and eight shots, including one that hit the post, over the final 13 minutes, before finally breaking through for the game-winner at 88:58. Kelsea Scott made a career-high nine saves, including six in the first half.

In Friday’s win over Notre Dame de Namur, the Spartans controlled play for the majority of the 90 minutes, scoring twice before the halftime whistle. At 12:05, Jessica Scott took a pass from Brittny Beshore and lofted a long-range shot from 30-35 yards out that sailed over the Argonaut goalkeeper’s head and into the left side of the net. It was her team-leading third goal of 2006.

Scott then turned provider in the 26th minute, playing an exquisite through ball to Irwin down the middle of the field and into the Argo penalty box. Irwin ran onto the ball and shot it from the right side of the box and into the left corner. It was Irwin’s first goal of the campaign and Scott’s first collegiate assist.

Notre Dame de Namur got a goal back in the 75th minute, but San Jose State shut the door just under 10 minutes later, Jennifer Guadagnolo notching her second goal of 2006 at 84:23. Hallsie Pacheco passed to Murphy, who crossed from the right flank. The goalkeeper was unable to deflect the cross effectively, with the ball falling for Guadagnolo to put it into the empty net at the far post. Kelsea Scott made six saves on the evening. San Jose State outshot the visitors, 16-14, including 10-4 over the first 45 minutes.