Women's Soccer Opens Home WAC Play This Weekend

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State plays new Western Athletic Conference (WAC) members Texas State and UTSA for the first time in the program's history this weekend. They face Texas State at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, and UTSA on Sunday, October 7, at 12:00 p.m.

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.

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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TEXAS STATE BOBCATS

Texas State had a great welcome to the WAC, with a 2-1 victory against the University of Idaho in its first WAC game ever played. The weekend ended on a sour note, however, when the Bobcats were shut out by Seattle, 2-0, on Sunday.

SCOUTING REPORT

Sophomore Tori Hale ranks third in the conference with 12 points. Freshman Lynsey Curry leads her team with 33 shots.

COACHING

The only head coach in Texas State women's soccer history, Kat Conner has a 140-110-18 career record in 12 seasons.

UTSA ROADRUNNERS

The Roadrunners opened its first weekend in the WAC with 1-1 draws against Seattle and Idaho. Winless on the road, UTSA has won just one game this season.

SCOUTING REPORT

Junior Maria Jose Rojas has been one of the Roadrunners' offensive threats in her two years at UTSA, and leads her team this season in points and assists. Goalkeeper Katarina Pus has recorded the second-most saves in the WAC.

COACHING

Head coach Steve Ballard is in his seventh season as the Roadrunners' head coach. He has a 58-55-11 record at UTSA.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

San Jose State returns to Spartan Stadium this weekend after nearly one month on the road.

MIKAELLA MEIBOCK

Freshman Mikaella Meibock leads the Spartans in goals with four, placing her in a tie for the fourth-most goals in the WAC. She also tops her team in points with eight and shots (24).

MEGAN MOLINA

Junior Megan Molina recorded a goal at Cal and one assist versus USF and Pacific, totaling four points. She ranks second on the Spartans in shots with 12.

AMANDA HEINS

Junior Amanda Heins scored her first collegiate goal, a game-winning goal, against New Mexico State. An assist in the CSUB match was her first collegiate point.

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 10 shots this season.

ZOE MAKRIGIANNIS

Freshman Zoe Makrigiannis earned her first collegiate shut out when she made three saves in the New Mexico State match.

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 10 shots on the year place her fourth in the program's history in that category.

Heins scored her first collegiate goal in 34 games played against New Mexico State.

SPARTANS' PREVIOUS GAMES

The Spartans opened WAC play this weekend and came out with a 1-1 record against nationally-ranked Denver and New Mexico State.

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER PIONEERS

In its Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opener, San Jose State (2-7-1, 0-1-0 WAC) was shutout on Friday night by conference newcomers, the University of Denver Pioneers, at CIBER Field, 4-0. Denver (9-1-2, 1-0-0 WAC), ranked in the top-30 in five polls, got goals from four different players. Junior Cheryl Kute led the Spartans with a personal season-high three shots, one of which was on goal. Freshmen Zoe Makrigiannis and Emily Pryor combined to make six saves, one more than Denver goalkeeping tandem Lara Campbell and Maria Khan.

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES

Amanda Heins' first collegiate goal in extra time gave San Jose State women's soccer (3-7-1, 1-1-0 WAC) a 1-0 victory over New Mexico State in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) match in Las Cruces, N.M., Sunday afternoon. Seeing overtime for the first time since its season opener against USF on August 17, the Spartans and Aggies were scoreless until Heins' goal at the 96-minute mark. "The goal was off of a corner kick," said Spartans head coach Jeff Leightman. "Kelsey Lord drove the ball and Heins hit a header over the keeper's head." Through 90 minutes of play, San Jose State held the shot advantage, nine-to-six. Junior Sarah Fraser and senior Kelsey Lord led the Spartans with three shots each. Freshman Zoe Makrigiannis made three saves to earn her first-career shutout for the Spartans, while Mikaela Bitner tallied four saves for the Aggies.