Women's Soccer Plays Final Tuneups Before WAC Play

The San Jose State women’s soccer team plays twice away from home this week, starting in the San Joaquin Valley with a game Friday against Pacific, then in the East Bay on Sunday against St. Mary’s.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-7)
Friday at Pacific (5-4), 7 p.m.
Sunday at St. Mary’s (Calif.) (7-2-1), Noon
LIVE STATS Live stats are available free of charge on www.sjsuspartans.com for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page and select the game by clicking on the camera icon.  Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section of the women's soccer home page.
SPARTANS TICKETS Tickets to all home women’s soccer games are available at the gate starting one hour before kickoff. Fans can also call the San Jose State Spartans Ticket Office for advance group purchases by calling 408-924-SJTX.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (1-7) got their first win of the season Sept. 18 when they topped visiting Portland State, 1-0. Senior Lauren Sanchez put in the game-winner in the 70th minute, finding the net from the left side after teammate Kayla Santacruz’s shot went just wide. Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald recorded her first shutout of the season and seventh of her career. San Jose State fell at Sacramento State Sept. 16, 1-0, for its fourth one-goal loss of the year.
Lord continues to be the Spartans’ leading scorer this season with two goals and an assist for five points. Lord is also the team’s top shooter with 15 shots and five shots on goal. Maiwald has recorded 49 saves and a 2.09 goals against average in eight games.
SERIES HISTORY Pacific owns a 7-5 lead in the all-time series against the Spartans, having won the last three meetings and four of the last five dating to 2002. The two teams have not met since 2006 after facing each other every year but one (2001) since the Spartans’ inaugural season in 1995. San Jose State is 1-5 as the road team in the series, with its only win in Stockton, Calif., against Pacific coming on Sept. 10, 2000. The Spartans last defeated Pacific, 2-1, on Aug. 29, 2003, at Spartan Stadium.
St. Mary’s holds an 8-3 advantage all-time against the Spartans, but the Spartans are the ones with the recent success. San Jose State has won three of the last five meetings between the two teams, including last season’s matchup, 1-0, at Spartan Stadium. St. Mary’s began the series by winning six in a row against the Spartans from 1999-2004. San Jose State also won in 2005 and 2006, both overtime victories.
ABOUT PACIFIC The Tigers (5-4) spent last weekend in Arizona facing a pair of Pac-12 opponents in Arizona and Arizona State. Pacific managed to extend its win streak at the time to four games with a 3-0 win over Arizona on Sept. 16, but it would fall Sept. 18 to Arizona State, 1-0, on a late goal in the 86th minute. Pacific is 3-0 at home this season, including a 3-0 shutout of WAC member Nevada on Aug. 19.
Kristina Wavomba is the Tigers’ top offensive weapon with a team-leading 14 points (six goals, two assists) and 28 shots. Both Brittni Beeman and Angelica Figueroa lead the Tigers with four assists each. Tashia Long has played every minute (810) in goal for Pacific this season, notching 33 saves and a 1.33 goals against average. 
ABOUT ST. MARY’S The Gaels (7-2-1) are coming off a Southern California swing last week in which they defeated then-No. 15 UC Irvine in Irvine on Sept. 16, then fell to this week’s second-ranked team in the West Region, Long Beach State, 6-0, on Sept. 18. The Gaels enter this week ranked seventh in the West. Sunday’s loss at Long Beach State snapped the Gaels’ six-match win streak.
Jordan Marada leads the Gaels in scoring with 12 points (four goals, four assists). Marada is also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with two, alongside Christina Tognetti
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK The Spartans’ first player of the week recognition came last week when senior Lauren Sanchez was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18.
Sanchez, a midfielder from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS), scored the lone goal in the Spartans’ 1-0 victory over Portland State, Sept. 18. The goal, which came in the 70th minute, allowed the Spartans to capture their first win of the season. Teammate Kayla Santacruz took the ball all the way into the box and shot to the far post. The ball went wide and got past the Vikings goalkeeper, but Sanchez was in the right place at the right time to put it home for the 1-0 lead.
The goal was Sanchez’s first of the season. In addition to the game-winner, Sanchez added another shot in the contest, and added two more shots in the Spartans’ 1-0 defeat at Sacramento State on Sept. 16.
ASCENDING THE CAREER RANKS Kelsey Lord and Meghan Maiwald have already made moves in the Spartans’ career records list early in 2011, and the two are poised to continue climbing. Lord’s five points this season has pushed her career total to 49, allowing her to claim sole possession of third place in career points at SJSU, passing Julie Brum (45), who played from 1997-2000. Lord’s two goals this season have also moved her into a tie for third all-time in career goals at SJSU with 17. Jessica Scott also scored 17 goals from 2005-07.   Maiwald’s 49 saves so far this season has given her 145 in her career, allowing her to pass Marissa Dayton (110) and move into sixth all-time. Next in Maiwald’s view is Erin Meyer, who recorded 156 saves from 2000-02.
MORE RECORD PACE FOR MAIWALD Maiwald’s 49 saves through eight games puts her on pace for 110 stops in 2011, which would be the third-best single season total ever at San Jose State. Amee Brown recorded 111 saves in 1997. The Spartans’ single-season saves record is 113, held by Erin Lavey from the 2002 campaign.
Finally, Maiwald’s shutout of Portland State Sept. 18 was the seventh of her career, tying her for third all-time with Adrienne Herbst, who had seven shutouts from 2003-05
SPREADING THE SCORING San Jose State has received seven of its eight goals this season from six different players. Kelsey Lord scored in the season opener versus No. 15 Santa Clara, Aug. 19, and got her second of the season Sept. 9 at CSU Bakersfield. Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal on Aug. 26 against No. 13 UC Irvine, and McColl Matthews got her first collegiate score Sept. 9 at CSU Bakersfield. Jessica Ingram tallied a goal Aug. 28 at UC Riverside, while Shanelle Furner and Kelsy Holm both notched scores Sept. 6 against UC Davis. Lauren Sanchez got on the board with a goal Sept. 18 against Portland State, a game-winner in a 1-0 Spartans victory.
SLOW STARTS EQUAL SUCCESS San Jose State won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10 and reached two WAC postseason tournaments, despite beginning the ’09 campaign 1-4 and the 2010 season at 1-5. The last time San Jose State began a season with at least a .500 record after four games was 2000, when the Spartans started 2-2 and eventually made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
HEAD COACH JEFF LEIGHTMAN Jeff Leightman is in his fourth season leading the San Jose State women’s soccer program. Leightman has collected a 29-31-9 record at the helm of the Spartans while winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10.
UP NEXT The Spartans open Western Athletic Conference play at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, by hosting Idaho at Spartan Stadium.