Women's Soccer Opens WAC Play In Hawaii

The San Jose State University women's soccer team finally opens the Western Athletic Conference portion of its 2009 season this weekend. The Spartans, now above the .500 mark at 5-4, take their school-record five-match win streak to Honolulu, Hawaii, early on the morning of Thursday, October 1. Kick-off at Waipi'o Peninsula Stadium on Friday night, October 2, is set for 7:00 p.m. local time. The team returns to San Jose on Saturday night, October 3, and then travels by vans to the state capital on Sunday, October 4, set to take on Sacramento State at Hornet Soccer Field beginning at 3:30 p.m. San Jose State is an even 2-2 away from home thus far in 2009. The Spartans have gone 3-7-3 in 13 previous WAC openers.

GAME #10

GAME #11
at SACRAMENTO STATE (4-3-2, 0-0 BSC)

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.

This weekend, no live stats, audio or video will be available for Friday night's conference opener at Hawai'i. Live stats can be accessed for Sunday's game at Sacramento State through SJSUSpartans.com.

SAN JOSE STATE (5-4) at HAWAI'I (4-6-1) (UH Leads Series, 8-5-1)
Hawai'i is coming off back-to-back shutout victories at home over Detroit-Mercy in its own Ohana Hotels and Resorts Shootout, 1-0 last Thursday, September 24, and 2-0 on Saturday, September 26. The Rainbow Wahine enter the weekend as winners of three straight in all. They are 3-3-1 at home in 2009.

Reigning WAC Offensive Player of the Week Britta Bourne, a transfer from Montana, leads UH with 14 points from six goals and two assists. Fellow senior forward Ambree Ako, the 2007 WAC Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-WAC selection, is next on the team chart with eight points from three goals and two assists. Freshman Kristina Ehrett (1.90 GAA, 32 saves) and redshirt freshman Kanani Taaca (1.10 GAA, 15 saves, two shutouts), have split most of the action in the Hawai'i net.

Hawai'i leads the all-time series, 8-5-1, though the teams are an even 3-3-1 against one another in Honolulu. The teams have played once each season since the Spartans' inaugural year in 1995. San Jose State won the first four meetings, and then went 0-6-1 prior to a comprehensive 4-2 victory in Honolulu in 2006, when Nicole Irwin produced a hat trick. The Spartans' last road match at UH resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss a year ago on October 19, with the deciding goal coming at 92:45. San Jose State's first-ever WAC match, a 2-0 triumph, was at Hawai'i on October 11, 1996.

Pinsoom Tenzing, the only head coach in program history, is 136-138-27 in his 16th season in charge.

SAN JOSE STATE (5-4) at SACRAMENTO STATE (4-3-2) (Series Even, 6-6-2)
Sacramento State snapped a three-match losing skid with a 2-0 shutout victory at defending Western Athletic Conference Tournament champion Fresno State last Sunday, September 27. The Hornets first play at California on Friday, October 2, before hosting the Spartans on Sunday afternoon.

In their first victory all-time in Fresno, the Hornets got unassisted goals from junior Cori Shreve and sophomore Shea Roberts, with sophomore Savannah Abercrombie making four saves to earn the shutout in goal. For the season, sophomore Elece McBride leads Sacramento State with seven points from two goals and three assists. Junior forward Leah Larot (3 G) and Shreve (2 G, 2 A) have six points apiece. Abercrombie boasts a 0.67 goals-against-average, with 33 saves and four individual clean sheets.

The all-time series between these teams is even at 6-6-2, with Sacramento State holding a narrow edge in home matches, 3-2-2. The teams have played once each season since the Spartans' inaugural year in 1995. In the most recent meeting, Emmy Belding's goal at 93:13 of the first overtime gave San Jose State its first win under new head coach Jeff Leightman, 1-0, inside Spartan Stadium on September 14. The Spartans dropped a 2-0 decision in their previous trip to Sacramento, on September 7, 2007.

Randy Dedini, the 2007 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, is in his third season in charge.

San Jose State won both of its games last week to close out a season-long three-match homestand in perfect fashion. The Spartans first tipped Notre Dame de Namur, 1-0, on an 85th-minute goal by Hallsie Pacheco on Tuesday, September 22. They then scored three goals within a span of 1:41 late to break open a close game against Air Force on Friday, September 25, winning by the final of 4-0. Roxy Kamal produced her first career two-goal effort to cap the scoring. Kelsey Lord tallied what proved to be the game-winner in the 49th minute, putting in the rebound after Shanelle Furner's shot had hit off the left post. Furner then also assisted on Katie Bonadies' insurance goal in the 83rd minute. Nina Butera played all 180 minutes in goal over the two matches, to extend her individual shutout streak to three matches in a row. She made seven saves for the week. The Spartans out-shot their opponents, 44-13.

San Jose State's first year of women's soccer was in 1995, with the program joining the Western Athletic Conference in 1996. Since then, the Spartans are 3-7-3 in conference openers, including 1-4-3 while starting the WAC schedule away from home, like they are this year at Hawai'i. San Jose State has twice opened WAC play at Hawai'i, winning 2-0 in its first-ever league match on October 11, 1996, and playing to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on September 28, 2000.

San Jose State has won five consecutive games for the first time in program history. The Spartans have only had one other five-match unbeaten run in their 14-plus years, back in 2006, with a scoreless draw at Utah State sprinkled in between four league triumphs.

With its results at Lafayette and Howard, San Jose State has also taken successive road matches for the first time since 2005. That year, the Spartans won at Louisiana Tech, 4-0 (October 16), at Fresno State, 1-0 (October 28), and against Nevada, 2-0 (November 4), at the WAC Tournament in Boise, Idaho.

San Jose State has matched another program record with four consecutive shutouts. The only other time the Spartans have achieved the feat was in 2006, when they opened the Western Athletic Conference season with four straight clean sheets. One of those results was a scoreless draw at Utah State, however, so this is their first instance of four shutout triumphs in a row. In all, the Spartans' shutout streak is currently at 390:47. The school record, from that 2006 stretch, stands at 446:57.

Individually, redshirt junior Nina Butera has notched three straight shutouts, with her own string currently at a personal-best 345:47. Marissa Dayton holds the individual mark at 446:57.

ABOVE .500
San Jose State, currently at 5-4 overall, is above the .500 mark through nine games for the first time since opening the 1999 campaign at 6-3. The Spartans have had a winning record at this point in the season just three other times in its 15-year history, in 1999, 1996 (5-4) and 1995 (5-4).