Women's soccer takes on UC Irvine on road

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The San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays just one game this week, as it approaches the conclusion of the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Spartans will travel to Irvine, Calif., this weekend, facing UC Irvine on Sunday, October 1, at 1:00 p.m. This will be the final game for the Spartans prior to their annual “Rivalry Series” match-up with third-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara University. This year’s installment will take place at Santa Clara’s Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m. San Jose State will open the 2006 Western Athletic Conference season two days later against Boise State University at Spartan Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

at UC IRVINE (2-6, 0-0 BWC)

SAN JOSE STATE (3-6-1, 0-0 WAC) at UC IRVINE (2-6, 0-0 BWC)
(UCI Leads Series, 5-1)
UC Irvine opens the 2006 Big West Conference season with a game at Cal State Northridge on Friday, September 29, prior to hosting San Jose State on Sunday. Last time out, the Anteaters lost 2-0 at No. 29 Stanford in their lone match of the week. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Henry had a season-high eight saves. Freshman Kate Berrini led the team with one shot in the match.

Junior Makenzie Beahm currently leads the team with three points. Berrini, junior Kim Horn, senior Lauryn Birkinshaw, junior Frankee Kelly and sophomore Christina Gorospe are tied for second with two points each. Henry has 41 saves and one shutout on the year.

UC Irvine holds a 5-1 advantage over San Jose State in the all-time series. These teams last met at Spartan Stadium in San Jose to open the 2005 season, with the Anteaters scoring a 2-1 victory. The Spartans’ only win over UCI came in the 1999 season, a 3-0 triumph in Irvine. SJSU is 1-2 all-time against UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

The Anteaters are led by first-year head coach April Heinrichs. Heinrichs arrived at UC Irvine after serving as the head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2000-04. Prior to her time with the U.S. National Team, Heinrichs was the head coach at Princeton, Maryland and Virginia. She led Virginia to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons, as well as leading Maryland to the tournament in her final season with the Terrapins.

No live coverage will be available for the UC Irvine-San Jose State contest. Live statistics are available free of charge for all soccer games held at Spartan Stadium, at www.sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live” on the top menu bar and then on “Live Stats”. Live video streaming is available for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone,” for all Spartan Stadium games, at www.sjsuspartans.com.

San Jose State split a pair of road games at area foes Saint Mary’s and Pacific last week before dropping a tough decision at home to UC Riverside on Sunday, September 24.

A pair of goals by Nicole Martinez, including the overtime game-winner, gave the Spartans a 2-1 victory at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday. In the first sudden-victory overtime period, Liz Behlen’s free kick found Cristin Murphy at the far post. Murphy’s header hit off the crossbar, with Martinez heading in the rebound for the win at the 96:13 mark. The defeat marked the Spartans’ first win over the Gaels in Moraga in five tries. Martinez had tied the score in the 50th minute, with assists going to both Murphy and Jessica Scott.

A goal with just 1:29 remaining in regulation gave Pacific a 3-2 victory over SJSU on Friday night. San Jose State’s goals came from Kristin Krale and Jennifer Guadagnolo. Krale’s first-half goal tied the game at 1-1 in the 40th minute. Martinez stole a clearance attempt and crossed for Krale to volley home. Guadagnolo’s header goal then put the Spartans ahead briefly, 2-1, in the 59th minute, with Cynthia Pinkney picking up the assist.

A 50th-minute score broke a 1-1 deadlock and sent UC Riverside to a 2-1 victory over San Jose State on Sunday. The Spartans lost despite out-shooting the opponent, 23-13, and earning six corner kicks to just one by the Highlanders. UC Riverside jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just under two minutes into the game. San Jose State knotted matters up at the 26:38 mark. Guadagnolo picked up a loose ball and fired a cross from the right, with Krale getting her foot on it at the far post and finding the net for her second goal in as many games. Marissa Dayton played every minute and made 17 saves in goal over the three games.