Spartans Open Conference Play This Weekend

San Jose, Calif. - In the midst of a four-match road trip, San Jose State University (2-6-1) begins Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play Friday, September 28, against the University of Denver. The Spartans then head to New Mexico State on Sunday, September 30, to take on the Aggies.

LIVE STATS

Live stats are available free of charge 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 at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game by clicking on the camera icon. Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section off the women's soccer page at www.sjsuspartans.com.

LIVE VIDEO

Live video is available for all remaining home women's soccer matches. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game by selecting "Watch Live!" to register for the feed.

WOMEN'S SOCCER TICKETS

Tickets for all Spartan home women's soccer games are free for all San Jose State students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00 and are $3.00 for youth (12 and under). Tickets are $1 for youth wearing a soccer jersey. Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to the start of the game at Spartan Stadium or tickets can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589).

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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER PIONEERS

The University of Denver Pioneers have dominated non-conference play, with a 6-1-2 record. Its offense has been distributed among the team, with 10 different players scoring goals.

SCOUTING REPORT

Junior Kristen Hamilton tops the Pioneers in goals (4), points (10), and shots (21). Goalkeeper Lara Campbell has just seven goals against and two shutouts in nine games played.

COACHING

Head coach Jeff Hooker is in his 21 season behind the bench of the Pioneers' program. He has a 290-113-37 record with Denver's men's and women's soccer programs.

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES

The start of conference play and a clean slate will be a welcomed sight for the Aggies, as they have a 1-6-2 record this season.

SCOUTING REPORT

Layla Todd leads New Mexico State in goals (2) and points (5). Mikaela Bitner has recorded two shutouts and a 0.72 goals against average. 

COACHING

In his second season at the helm of the Aggies' program, Blair Quinn has a 10-8-3 major collegiate coaching record.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

San Jose State begins Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play this weekend and continues its four-match road trip with stops at Denver and New Mexico State.

MIKAELLA MEIBOCK

Freshman Mikaella Meibock leads the Spartans in goals with four, and points with eight. She also tops her team in shots (22), and was named the August 2012 Spartan Foundation Female Student-Athlete of the Month.

MEGAN MOLINA

Junior Megan Molina recorded a goal at Cal and one assist versus USF and Pacific for four points. She ranks second on the Spartans in shots with 11.

MEGAN RAUSCHNOT

Freshman Megan Rauschnot scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the UNLV match. Her eight shots give her the third-most shots on the Spartans.

KACEY GRICIUS

Sophomore Kacey Gricius netted her first two career points, a goal and an assist, against CSU Bakersfield. She has taken a career-high eight shots this season.

ZOE MAKRIGIANNIS

Freshman Zoe Makrigiannis made her first-two collegiate starts for the Spartans at the Hilton Garden Inn High Altitude Tournament.

COACHING

Head Coach Jeff Leightman is at the helm of the Spartans for his fifth season. Last season, he led the Spartans to its seventh consecutive WAC tournament bid and finished among the conference's top three teams for the third straight year.

MILESTONES

Senior Kelsey Lord's seven shots on the year place her fifth in the program's history in that category.

Rauschnot scored her first collegiate goal versus UNLV.

Makrigiannis made her first-two collegiate starts against UNLV and Norhtern Arizona University (NAU).

Freshman Mireya Wathen-Mayorga earned her first collegiate start in the NAU match.

SPARTANS' PREVIOUS GAMES

The Hilton Garden Inn High Altitude Tournament at Northern Arizona University (NAU) was not kind to the Spartans, as they went 0-2 at the hands of the UNLV Rebels and the NAU Lumberjacks.

UNLV REBELS

Freshman Megan Rauschnot's first collegiate goal was not enough, as San Jose State women's soccer lost, 5-1, to the UNLV Rebels at the Hilton Garden Inn High Altitude Tournament, hosted by Northern Arizona University (NAU). Twenty-two minutes in to the match, the Rebels (6-2-1) scored goals just over a minute apart. The game's first goal was Courtney Botelho's first of the season, and junior Jenn Wolfe netted her Mountain West Conference-leading eighth goal of the year. Rauschnot's goal at the 27-minute mark cut the Rebels' lead in half. In the second half, three goals by three different Rebels found the back on the net to close out scoring and lead UNLV to its fifth-straight win. Freshman Zoe Makrigiannis, starting her first collegiate game, made five saves for the Spartans, while UNLV goalkeepers Kylie Wassell and Kelli McCracken combined for one save. 

NAU LUMBERJACKS

Freshman Zoe Makrigiannis' 10 saves were a season-high by a Spartan goalkeeper, but San Jose State women's soccer was edged, 1-0, by NAU at the Hilton Garden Inn High Altitude Tournament. The game's lone goal was scored at the 57-minute mark by Lumberjack Malia Tano off of a pass from Demi Schmieder. Junior Megan Molina and sophomore Kacey Gricius led San Jose State with two shots each. The team generated nine shots, four of which were on goal. NAU (2-5-2) goalkeepers Natalie Gilbertson and Lauren Weaver combined for four saves.