Women's soccer battles Santa Clara, opens conference season

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THIS WEEK
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays three games this week, including its annual “Rivalry Series” match against South Bay rival Santa Clara University, and its 2006 Western Athletic Conference opener against Boise State University. The Spartans will first make the short trip to Santa Clara’s Buck Shaw Stadium this Wednesday, October 4, to take on the third-ranked Broncos of Santa Clara at 7:00 p.m. The game will mark the conclusion of the non-conference portion of SJSU’s 2006 schedule. San Jose State will open the WAC season against Boise State at Spartan Stadium on Friday, October 6. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. The Spartans will conclude the week by travelling to Moscow, Idaho, for a match-up with league foe University of Idaho at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8.

 

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-7-1, 0-0 WAC)
at NO. 3 SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY (9-2, 0-0 WCC)
BUCK SHAW STADIUM, SANTA CLARA, CALIF.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 7:00 P.M.


vs. BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (5-4-1, 0-0 WAC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7:00 P.M.

at UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (0-11, 0-0 WAC)
WICKS FIELD, MOSCOW, IDAHO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1:00 P.M.


SAN JOSE STATE (3-7-1, 0-0 WAC) at SANTA CLARA (9-2, 0-0 WCC)
(SCU Leads Series, 10-0)
Third-ranked Santa Clara has won four games in a row, all in shutout fashion. The Broncos are coming off a 2-0 home victory over then-18th-ranked Stanford on Saturday, September 30.

Meagan Snell leads the Broncos with 16 points on eight goals. Kiki Bosio has a team-high six assists to go with one goal. Meagan McCray has a 0.49 goals-against-average, 39 saves and six individual shutouts in goal. Nine of Santa Clara’s 11 opponents were ranked at the time.

San Jose State has not beaten Santa Clara in 10 tries, and is 0-5 all-time at Buck Shaw Stadium. Last year’s meeting ended 2-1 in favor of the Broncos at Spartan Stadium, with Jessica Scott scoring a late goal for SJSU off an assist from Kaila Waitley. Santa Clara was ranked fifth at the time. The teams have met once each season since SJSU’s inaugural 1995 campaign, with the exception of 1996. Santa Clara is coached by Jerry Smith. In his 20th season, Smith has a record of 320-81-26.

2006-07 “RIVALRY SERIES” CONTINUES WEDNESDAY
The annual “Rivalry Series” between San Jose State University and Santa Clara University is now in its fifth season, with the Broncos having won the first four installments. Thus far in 2006-07, Santa Clara holds an edge of 4.5-1.5. The Broncos took the three points in volleyball, with the schools splitting the three points in men’s soccer due to a 0-0 tie at Buck Shaw Stadium.

SAN JOSE STATE (3-7-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. BOISE STATE (5-4-1, 0-0 WAC)
(BSU Leads Series, 3-1-1)
Boise State will also be opening its conference season on Friday, coming off an undefeated week in which they got by Sacramento State, 4-3, in double overtime, and tied TCU, 1-1. The Broncos, who have gone 1-3-1 since a 4-1 start, will then host Hawai’i on Sunday.

Senior Brennan Lau leads the Broncos with seven points from two goals and a team-best three assists. Katie Keller has scored a team-high three goals. Kim Parker (1.29 GAA, 30 saves) and Michaela Morrison (1.91 GAA, 19 saves) have each seen over 375 minutes of time in goal.

Boise State holds a 3-1-1 advantage over San Jose State in the all-time series, with the teams having met once each season since 2001, the Broncos’ first year as a WAC member. Boise State won last time in Boise to open the 2005 WAC season. The Broncos came away with a 2-1 overtime victory on a Spartan own goal. The Spartans’ last win over Boise State came in 2002, 4-1 in San Jose. SJSU is 1-1 against Boise State in San Jose. The Broncos are coached by Steve Lucas. In his seventh year, he is 51-61-10 in charge.

SAN JOSE STATE (3-7-1, 0-0 WAC) at IDAHO (0-11, 0-0 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0-1)
Idaho was idle all last week, and remains winless at 0-11 on the season heading into this week. The Vandals will play twice before hosting SJSU on Sunday, travelling to Eastern Washington for one final non-conference tilt on Tuesday before hosting defending regular-season WAC champion Hawai’i in its conference opener on Friday.

The Vandals have been out-scored 2-41 so far this season, with their two goals coming in a 7-2 loss at Cal State Northridge on September 12. Ashley Irish and Sari Morrison tallied the goals, with Britta Rustad assisting on each. Michelle Jordan (42 saves) has seen most of the time in goal.

San Jose State won last year’s meeting between these teams, their first as fellow members of the WAC. The Spartans posted a 2-0 shutout at Spartan Stadium on October 9, 2005. Previously, the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Moscow, Idaho, on September 27, 2002. The Vandals are led by Pete Showler. He has a 3-27 record in his second season at the helm.

COVERAGE
Live statistics will be available free of charge for the San Jose State-Boise State game, at www.sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live” on the top menu bar and then on “Live Stats”. Live video streaming is also available for this game for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone,” at www.sjsuspartans.com.

SPARTANS EDGED AT UC IRVINE, 1-0
UC Irvine scored a fifth-minute goal and held on to defeat San Jose State, 1-0, at Anteater Stadium on Sunday, October 1.

The lone goal of the contest came at the 4:23 mark on an Anteater breakaway. Kelsea Scott played the full 90 minutes in goal for SJSU, making one save. Her counterpart in the Anteater net, Erin Henry, stopped three shots in earning the shutout.

UC Irvine out-shot San Jose State on the afternoon, 9-6, although the Spartans had three of them on goal to just two by the Anteaters. Jessica Scott led the Spartans with three shots in the game. Roxy Kamal, a freshman out of nearby Presentation High School, was credited with the first shot of her collegiate career off the bench. The game featured just one corner kick between the teams, taken by UC Irvine in the first half.