THIS WEEK - SPARTANS CONCLUDE FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND
Having now reached exactly the halfway mark of a 20-game regular-season schedule, the San Jose State University women's soccer team concludes a season-long four-game homestand this week, hosting area rival Saint Mary's College at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at Spartan Field, and UC Irvine at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, inside Spartan Stadium. The pair of matches will take the Spartans into the Western Athletic Conference portion of their 2007 schedule, at Fresno State on Friday, October 12.
Admission to all games held at Spartan Field is free of charge. Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Sunday’s contest with UC Irvine will serve as the first half of the second of five San Jose State soccer doubleheaders this season, with the Spartan men opening Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play against Sacramento State immediately after the women’s game.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-7-2, 0-0 WAC)
vs. SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE (4-4-2, 0-0 WCC)
SPARTAN FIELD, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 3:00 P.M.
vs. UC IRVINE (5-3-1, 0-0 BWC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 5:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (1-7-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. SAINT MARY’S (4-4-2, 0-0 WCC)
(SMC Leads Series, 6-2)
Saint Mary’s is coming off back-to-back road losses at ranked area rivals in No. 22 California (4-0) and then-fourth-ranked Stanford (4-1) last weekend. The Gaels had previously won three straight, including a pair in overtime. Junior forward Mika Matsui’s first career goal was their lone score against the Cardinal.
Sophomore forward Allie Weiner leads the team with 13 total points from four goals and five assists. Freshman forward Alex Ciliento also has four goals, including two game-winners, for eight points. Sophomore Tara Larson has seen a bulk of the action in the Saint Mary’s goal. She has a 1.77 goals-against-average, 39 saves and two shutouts.
The Spartans and Gaels have faced off once each year since 1999, with Saint Mary’s holding a 6-2 overall series advantage and 2-1 edge in San Jose. San Jose State has defeated Saint Mary's in come-from-behind fashion in overtime in each of the past two seasons. Nicole Irwin produced a long-distance, left-footed strike with just 3:28 remaining in the second overtime in a 3-2 triumph at Spartan Stadium in 2005, before Nicole Martinez’s goal at 96:13 of the first extra period, her second of the game, gave the Spartans a 2-1 victory in Moraga in last year’s meeting. Kelly Lindsey, a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame and standout former player there, is 7-17-6 in her second season at the helm of the Gaels.
SAN JOSE STATE (1-7-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. UC IRVINE (5-3-1, 0-0 BWC)
(UCI Leads Series, 6-1)
UC Irvine will be the second of three total Big West Conference opponents for San Jose State this season. The Spartans previously dropped a 1-0 double-overtime heartbreaker to 2006 NCAA Championship participant Cal State Fullerton at Spartan Field on Friday, September 28. They are still to host UC Davis inside Spartan Stadium on Wednesday night, October 17.
The Anteaters open Big West play at home against Cal Poly on October 12, after facing the Spartans. They have met a pair of Western Athletic Conference teams already this season, losing 3-0 at Fresno State to begin the year and defeating Utah State, 2-0, in Flagstaff, Ariz. UCI first plays at the University of San Francisco on Friday, October 5, before heading to San Jose.
UC Irvine went 1-1 at the Falcon Invitational to finish second in the tournament last weekend, beating host Air Force, 2-1, and losing to Northern Colorado by the same score. Kathleen Lemieux was named to the All-Tournament Team. Falcon freshman Caty Cope is tied for seventh in the nation with 0.78 assists per game. She has seven on the year, with no other Anteater having more than one. Goalkeeper Danielle de Seriere, also a freshman, is 25th in the nation with a 0.552 goals-against-average. She has posted four individual shutouts. Kate Berrini has four goals.
San Jose State is 1-6 all-time against UC Irvine and 0-3 in San Jose. All six losses to the Anteaters have been by one goal, including 1-0 five times. The lone Spartan victory was a 3-0 shutout in Irvine, Calif., on September 12, 1999. Scott Juniper is in his second year at UCI and first season in charge of the Anteaters.
Live stats for all San Jose State home contests held at Spartan Stadium, and most road matches, are available free of charge at sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page.
LAST TIME OUT: EAGLES RALLY TO TOP SPARTANS
The Spartans faced their fourth and final Big Sky Conference opponent of 2007 this past Sunday, September 30, dropping a tough 3-2 decision to Eastern Washington University. Senior midfielder Nicole Irwin, the reigning WAC “Offensive Player of the Year,” tallied her first goal of the season and 15th of her career on her birthday to open the scoring. Fellow senior Kelly Madej added her first career goal to temporarily give the Spartans a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Brittny Beshore was credited with her second assist of the year on Irwin’s goal, while local product Danielle Drago earned her first college point with an assist on Madej’s score. Nina Butera made seven saves in goal on the afternoon. The Spartans out-shot the Eagles, 16-15, led by Roxy Kamal’s four attempts to match her individual career high.
Senior Nicole Irwin notched her first goal of 2007 against Eastern Washington on Sunday, September 30, while senior teammate Kelly Madej scored the first of her career later in the same game, on the first collegiate assist for freshman Danielle Drago.
SCHEDULE CHANGE: HAWAI’I GAME MOVED TO SPARTAN FIELD
The Western Athletic Conference game between San Jose State and Hawai’i on Sunday, October 21, previously scheduled to be played inside Spartan Stadium, will now be contested at Spartan Field. The start time remains unchanged at 1:00 p.m.