THIS WEEK - SPARTANS KICK-OFF FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND
Coming off of its first win of the 2007 campaign, the San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays two games this week to kick off a season-long four-game homestand. The four matches will lead the Spartans up to their Western Athletic Conference opener at rival Fresno State on Friday, October 12. San Jose State will first host Cal State Fullerton at Spartan Field on Friday, September 28, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Admission to all games at Spartan Field are free of charge. The team will then host Eastern Washington University on Sunday, September 30, inside Spartan Stadium at approximately 3:30 p.m., as the second half of the first of five Spartan soccer doubleheaders this year. The SJSU men take on the College of Charleston beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Having concluded a stretch of six of eight games away from home to start the year, the Spartans will now play nine of their remaining 12 regular-season matches in San Jose.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-5-2, 0-0 WAC)
vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON (4-3-1, 1-0 BWC)
SPARTAN FIELD, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 3:00 P.M.
vs. EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (3-3, 0-0 BSC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 3:30 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (1-5-2) vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON (4-3-1, 1-0 BWC)
(Series Even, 1-1)
Cal State Fullerton has had several impressive results thus far on the year, including successive wins at Washington (3-1) and home triumphs over then-14th-ranked California (2-1) in overtime and Oklahoma (2-0). The Titans are coming off of a 2-0 win at UC Davis to open the Big West Conference portion of their schedule. Earlier, they were narrowly defeated by top-ranked Portland, 2-1, at the Husky Nike Invitational in Seattle, Wash. A common opponent for SJSU and Cal State Fullerton has been Idaho State. The Spartans were edged 2-1 by the Bengals on the road a week ago, while the Titans drew 1-1 in double overtime at the UNLV adidas Classic.
Cal State Fullerton is currently led by senior forward Lauren Cram in both goals scored and total points with four and nine, respectively. Stacey Thompson, Jenae Gibbens and Brianna Buffington have two goals apiece while Kristen Boujos, Nicole Scheid and Casey Schostag have each assisted on a pair of scores. Shayla Sabin and Kerri Ward have each seen action in goal.
The all-time series between these teams is even at one game apiece. This will be the first match-up in San Jose. The Spartans came away with a 2-1 win at the La Quinta/Nike UC Irvine Invitational in Irvine, Calif., in 1999. The Titans defended their home turf with a 5-1 decision in Fullerton in 2005. Demian Brown, a 1997 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, is in his fourth season overall at his alma mater and just his first in charge of the Titans.
SAN JOSE STATE (1-5-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. EASTERN WASHINGTON (3-3)
Eastern Washington, located in Cheney, Wash., beat San Jose State’s Western Athletic Conference opponent Utah State, 2-1, in its last game on September 23 to even its overall record at 3-3. The Eagles previously lost at WAC foe Boise State, 3-1, on September 16. EWU first travels to Washington on Friday, September 28, before heading to San Jose. This will mark the Spartans’ fourth and final match-up with a Big Sky team this season, and first at home. San Jose State is 0-2-1 against the Big Sky, having previously lost at Sacramento State, 2-0, tied at Northern Arizona in double overtime, 0-0, and lost at Idaho State, 2-1.
Junior Lillian Bourret was named the Big Sky “Co-Defensive Player of the Week” after providing the game-winning goal against Utah State. Bourret, senior forward Cyeeta Mott and sophomore Chelsey Hannesson have two goals apiece on the year. Mott leads the team in assists and points with two and six, respectively. Junior Ashley Renz is the regular goalkeeper.
San Jose State and Eastern Washington have never previously met in women’s soccer. The Eagle program began in 1997. George Hageage has a record of 36-79-9 in his eighth season in charge of the Eagles.
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LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS NOTCH FIRST WIN OVER UNI
San Jose State got a pair of goals from Jessica Scott and a first collegiate shutout by redshirt freshman goalie Nina Butera in notching a 2-0 win, their first of 2007, over the University of Northern Iowa on the final day of the 2007 Idaho State Classic in Pocatello, Idaho, on Sunday, September 23. Scott’s goals came within a span of four and a half minutes in the second half, with the first through assists from Jackie Zabek and Liz Behlen, and the second a solo effort.
Scott produced a game-high nine shots, putting four of them on goal. The Spartans out-shot the Panthers, 25-16, for the match. Butera had to make six saves in her fourth collegiate start.
In their first game of the tournament on Friday, September 21, the Spartans pulled to within one at 2-1 on a Jennifer Guadagnolo score at 69:50 after allowing a goal on either side of the haltime break, but were unable to find the equalizer. Behlen was credited with the assist. Butera made seven saves. Earlier in the week, SJSU dropped a 1-0 decision at home to San Diego State.
SPARTAN TRIO EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS IN IDAHO
Juniors Liz Behlen, Jennifer Guadagnolo and Jessica Scott were all selected to the 11-player All-Tournament Team following the final game of the 2007 Idaho State Classic on September 23. Scott scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Northern Iowa, while Guadagnolo scored the lone Spartan goal against Idaho State and Behlen provided an assist in each contest.
MULTIPLE-GOAL GAME FOR SCOTT
Junior forward Jessica Scott produced the first multiple-goal game by a Spartan this season with her two-goal performance in the 2-0 victory over Northern Iowa on Sunday, September 23. Scott scored what proved to be the game-winner with assists from Liz Behlen and Jackie Zabek at 60:02, before a solo effort on the goalline gave her an unassisted second at 64:31.
FIRST CLEAN SHEET FOR BUTERA
Redshirt freshman Nina Butera earned credit for the first individual shutout of her collegiate career in the 2-0 blanking of Northern Iowa in Pocatello, Idaho, on Sunday, September 23. Butera made six saves in the contest. She had previously combined on a shutout with redshirt sophomore teammate Marissa Dayton in a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Northern Arizona (9/14). Dayton started and went the first 19:53 before giving way to Butera’s college debut, with the latter making seven saves over 90:07 scoreless minutes the rest of the way, including two overtime periods.