Women's Soccer Hosts Dominican, Fresno State

The San Jose State women’s soccer team continues its stretch of three home games in seven days with two games under the lights this week. The Spartans face Dominican (Calif.) Tuesday in a non-conference tilt, then host rival Fresno State in a Western Athletic Conference game Saturday night.
Tuesday vs. Dominican (Calif.) (3-5, 1-3 PacWest), 7 p.m.
Sunday vs. Fresno State (7-3-3, 1-0 WAC), 7 p.m.
LIVE STATS Live stats are available free of charge on www.sjsuspartans.com 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 and select the game by clicking on the camera icon.  Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section of the women's soccer home page.
SPARTANS TICKETS Tickets to all home women’s soccer games are available at the gate starting one hour before kickoff. Fans can also call the San Jose State Spartans Ticket Office for advance group purchases by calling 408-924-SJTX.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (2-9, 1-0 WAC) won their WAC opener for the third season in a row with a 2-1 victory over visiting Idaho on Oct. 2. Kelsey Lord scored the game-winner in the 83rd minute off a pass from Abigail Hernandez, dribbling into the penalty box and shooting high past the Vandals’ goalkeeper.
Lord added to her season total as the team’s leading scorer with her goal against Idaho. She now has three goals and an assist for seven points in 2011. Lord is also the team’s top shooter with 26 shots and 10 on goal. Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald surpassed the 1,000-minute mark for the season with a full 90 minutes minding the net against Idaho. Her 61 saves and 2.06 goals against average are team highs.
SERIES HISTORY San Jose State and Dominican have never faced each other. Dominican is an NCAA Division II member competing in the Pacific West Conference. The Spartans are 3-0 all-time against current members of the PacWest (2-0 vs. Notre Dame de Namur; 1-0 vs. Hawaii Pacific).
The Spartans and Fresno State have played 21 times in the 16-year history of the San Jose State program, with the Bulldogs holding a 13-6-2 advantage. SJSU is on a three-game unbeaten streak against Fresno State dating to 2009. The teams have met twice in one season on four occasions, including last season. San Jose State has won the last two regular season meetings by a score of 2-1. The Spartans are 4-5 in the series as the home team.
ABOUT DOMINICAN The Penguins (3-5, 1-3 PacWest) snapped a four-game losing streak Sept. 29 with a 5-1 win over visiting Chaminade. Dominican is 3-1 at home this season but winless on the road at 0-4. The team is 2-3 in one-goal games. All three losses came by 1-0 scores.
Julianna Bratsberg and Tori Selesia both hold the team scoring lead with two goals and two assists each (six points). Bratsberg and Selesia are also the Penguins’ top shooters with nine apiece, though Bratsberg has put more of her shots on goal (six). All three of the team’s game-winning goals have come from three different players. Goalkeeper Megan Herring has 40 saves and a 1.33 goals against average in 675 minutes played this season.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE The Bulldogs (7-3-3) are on a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), the longest active streak in the WAC. Fresno State has won back-to-back games after defeating Idaho, 1-0, in its WAC opener on Sept. 30 and getting a hat trick from Callie Hancock to defeat CSU Bakersfield, 3-1, on Oct. 2. The Bulldogs have averaged nearly two goals per game (1.92) and boast a .505 shot on goal percentage.
Callie Hancock is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with seven goals and three assists (17 points). Hancock posted a hat trick in the Bulldogs’ last game with three goals in a 3-1 win at CSU Bakersfield Oct. 2. Molly Nizzoli leads the conference in assists with eight. Fresno State goalkeeper Katie DeVault has a 1.15 goals against average and 75 saves on the year.
FIRST HALF BLANKS The Spartans have shut out their opponent in the first half in four straight matches, and have done so six total times in 2011. SJSU is 2-2 in their current first half shutouts streak and 2-4 overall this season when blanking its opponent in the first 45 minutes. The team has limited its opponents to seven first half goals in 11 games this season.
STARTING STRONG For the third straight year, San Jose State started its WAC season with a 1-0 record. The 2-1 win on Oct. 2 over Idaho also marked the third consecutive season the Spartans have won their WAC opener by one goal, following a 1-0 victory at Hawaii in 2009 and a 2-1 overtime triumph at Fresno State in 2010. SJSU has opened WAC play with a victory on six occasions and a tie on three others.
COMPLETE VICTORY Oct. 2nd’s win versus Idaho was the first game in 2011 the Spartans had more shots on goal (9-5), more corner kicks (3-2) and outshot (19-17) its opponent all in the same game.
SPREADING THE SCORING Eight different players have scored at least one of the Spartans’ 10 goals this season. Kelsey Lord leads the way with three tallies, her most recent coming in the form of a game-winner against Idaho on Oct. 2.Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal on Aug. 26 against No. 13 UC Irvine, and McColl Matthews got her first collegiate score Sept. 9 at CSU Bakersfield. Jessica Ingram tallied a goal Aug. 28 at UC Riverside, while Shanelle Furner and Kelsy Holm both notched scores Sept. 6 against UC Davis. Lauren Sanchez got on the board with a goal Sept. 18 against Portland State, a game-winner in a 1-0 Spartans victory, and Kayla Santacruz tallied a game-tying goal against Idaho on Oct. 2.
ASCENDING THE CAREER RANKS Kelsey Lord and Meghan Maiwald have already made moves in the Spartans’ career records list early in 2011, and the two are poised to continue climbing. Lord’s seven points this season has pushed her career total to 51, allowing her to claim sole possession of third place in career points at SJSU, passing Julie Brum (45), who played from 1997-2000. Lord’s three goals this season have also moved her into third all-time in career goals at SJSU with 18. Emmy Belding also scored 18 goals from 2008-09.   Maiwald’s 61 saves so far this season has given her 157 in her career, allowing her to pass Erin Meyer (156) and move into fifth all-time. Next in Maiwald’s view is Erin Lavey, who recorded 221 saves from 2002-05.
MORE RECORD PACE FOR MAIWALD Maiwald’s 61 saves through 11 games puts her on pace for 100 stops in 2011, which would be the third-best single season total ever at San Jose State. Amee Brown recorded 111 saves in 1997. The Spartans’ single-season saves record is 113, held by Erin Lavey from the 2002 campaign.
Finally, Maiwald’s shutout of Portland State Sept. 18 was the seventh of her career, tying her for third all-time with Adrienne Herbst, who had seven shutouts from 2003-05
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK The Spartans’ first player of the week recognition of 2011 came when senior Lauren Sanchez was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18.
Sanchez, a midfielder from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS), scored the lone goal in the Spartans’ 1-0 victory over Portland State, Sept. 18. The goal, which came in the 70th minute, allowed the Spartans to capture their first win of the season. The goal was Sanchez’s first of the season. 
HEAD COACH JEFF LEIGHTMAN Jeff Leightman is in his fourth season leading the San Jose State women’s soccer program. Leightman has collected a 30-33-9 record at the helm of the Spartans while winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10.
UP NEXT The Spartans head to Hawaii on Oct. 16 to face the Rainbow Wahine in a WAC match, their only game of the week.