Women's Soccer Takes Streak Into Home Week

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS TRY TO EXTEND WIN STREAK TO CLOSE HOMESTAND
The San Jose State University women's soccer team will attempt to extend its three-match win streak with two contests to close out a season-long three-game homestand in the week ahead.

The Spartans are now 3-4 on the year, having out-scored opponents, 13-1, over the past 280-plus minutes of soccer since opening their second campaign under current head coach Jeff Leightman with four successive defeats.

San Jose State won for the first time inside Spartan Stadium this year last Friday night, September 18, over previously-undefeated UC Davis in double overtime. The Spartans now host Notre Dame de Namur University in a match that was added late to the 2009 schedule, on Tuesday, September 22. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. They then welcome the United States Air Force Academy on Friday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m., in their final tune-up ahead of the start to the 2009 Western Athletic Conference slate.

GAME #8
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-4, 0-0 WAC)
vs. NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR UNIVERSITY (1-4, 1-0 PWC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:00 P.M.

GAME #9
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-4, 0-0 WAC)
vs. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY (2-6-1, 0-0 MWC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7:30 P.M.

LIVE STATS
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 (3-4, 0-0 WAC) vs. NOTRE DAME DE NAMUR (1-4, 1-0 PWC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0)

Notre Dame de Namur, located in Belmont, Calif., is a new NCAA Division II program and a member of the Pacific West Conference. The Argonauts, like the Spartans, are coming off a double-overtime home win, as they edged past Academy of Art in their PacWest opener, 3-2, on Saturday, September 19. NDNU gave up the first goal just 17 seconds into the contest, but got the winner from senior midfielder Sally Olsson with just 1:15 left in the second extra session.

Olsson struck twice in that match and now has a team-leading three goals on the year. Sophomore midfielder Samantha Paetz has the only other NDNU goal, and assisted on Saturday's winner. Sophomore Kelsey Baxter (2.14 GAA, nine saves) is the regular Argo goalkeeper.

The only previous meeting between these teams took place inside Spartan Stadium on September 15, 2006, when San Jose State won, 3-1. The Argos are led by first-year director of soccer BJ Noble.

SAN JOSE STATE (3-4, 0-0 WAC) vs. AIR FORCE (2-6-1, 0-0 MWC)
(Series Even, 1-1)

Air Force is a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons will be coming off their first home win of 2009, a 1-0 decision over New Hampshire on Sunday, September 20. Sophomore Bridgett Murphy tallied the lone goal in the 77th minute. Goalkeepers Charity Blanton (1.70 GAA, 36 saves), a freshman, and Ariana Green (1.00 GAA), a sophomore, combined on the shutout. Air Force is 1-2 away from home.

The all-time series between these teams is even at 1-1. A year ago on September 26 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Spartans came away with a 3-1 victory. It marked Jeff Leightman's first road triumph in charge of San Jose State. The first two goals were scored by current players Katie Bonadies and Emmy Belding. Michelle Haughey and Brittany Boehm provided assists. Previously, the Falcons took a 2-1 decision at the Cowgirl Soccer Classic in Laramie, Wyo., on September 20, 1996. Larry Friend is in his first season as the Air Force women's soccer head coach.

SPARTANS TIP UC DAVIS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
San Jose State won its first home game of 2009 inside Spartan Stadium and third match in a row overall, 1-0, in double overtime over UC Davis on Friday night, September 18. The Aggies had entered the match undefeated at 4-0-1, rated No. 10 in the West region, and ranked sixth nationally in scoring at 4.00 goals per game with 20 scores over their first five matches. It was San Jose State, however, that put in the lone goal of the night, as Emmy Belding headed the ball in at the far post at the 100:34 mark, just 34 seconds into the second and final 10-minute overtime session. Assists went to freshman Shannon Righetti on a right-sided throw-in, and Roxy Kamal with an overhead flick to her fellow senior. Nina Butera made seven saves for her first individual shutout in goal.

FIRST THREE-GAME STREAK SINCE 2005
San Jose State has now won three consecutive matches for the first time since the 2005 season, when it beat three straight Western Athletic Conference foes, October 9-16. The Spartans did produce a five-match unbeaten stretch in 2006, also all against league opposition, with a draw sprinkled in between four victories. This is the team's first three-game non-conference streak since 1999, when San Jose State posted home triumphs over Oregon (3-0), San Francisco (3-1) and Gonzaga (6-3) from August 29 to September 5.

GOING FOR .500
Should San Jose State defeat Notre Dame de Namur on Tuesday night, September 22, it would even the Spartans' record at 4-4. That would mean the program's first .500 mark at the eight-game point of the season, since 2000. In 14 previous years of women's soccer, San Jose State has been at .500 or better just four previous times through eight matches, in the inaugural 1995 campaign (4-4), 1996 (4-4), 1999 (5-3) and 2000 (4-4).

AIR FORCE CONNECTION FOR WINANS
Fourth-year San Jose State assistant coach Craig Winans will be going up against the Air Force Falcons for the second year in a row this Friday night, September 25. Winans attended and played soccer at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., prior to earning his bachelor's degree at San Francisco State University in 1981.