October 6, 2010
Women's Soccer Preview
San Jose State (6-5-0, 1-0-0 WAC) will host Hawai'i (2-10-1, 0-2-0 WAC) in its Western Athletic Conference home-opener, Friday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. and then travel to UC Davis (5-5-1, 2-0-1 Big West), Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans enter the weekend tied with Idaho for second in the WAC standings, only trailing behind Utah State.
Fans can follow the game via Live Stats. The link is available on the Spartans website at SJSUSpartans.com under the Live Stats button on the front page.
The University of Hawai'i slightly edges the Spartans' in overall series, 6-8-1. The Rainbow Wahine will take their first trip to San Jose in four years, having the advantage of playing the Spartans at home the last four matches. The Spartans blanked the Rainbow Wahine in their last match, 1-0 in 2009.
The University of Hawai'i Women's Soccer team finished the 2009 season with a record of 7-11-1, finishing 3-5-0 in WAC play, good for seventh place in the standings. UH returns 17 players and six starters. In 2010, UH is winless in its last eight matches (0-7-1) and got off to a 0-2 start in WAC play with a pair of home losses to Boise State and Idaho. In addition, UH was dealt a crushing blow in its last match when senior co-captain and leading scorer Mari Punzal was lost for the season with a knee injury. Chelsea Deptula now leads the team with points (7) and goals (3). Goalkeeper Kamani Taaca (2-10-0, 0-2-0 WAC) holds a 2.71 goals against average.
The series is dead even at 2-2-2. In six meetings, each team has scored a total of two goals. The Spartans won the first and last meetings (2004 & 2009), both 1-0 victories. In 2005 and 2007 both matches ended in a 0-0 draw, and in 2006 and 2007 the Spartans were edged 1-0.
Scouting UC Davis
UC Davis is coming off a 2009 season in which they went 6-10-1 overall and 1-7-10 in Big West play. Returning for head coach MaryClaire Robinson are 13 letterwinners, including six starters, while the roster also boasts 10 incoming freshman and transfers. The Aggies (5-5-1, 2-0-1 Big West) are currently undefeated at home with a 2-0-1 mark at Aggie Soccer Field. Sophomore forward Allison Kelly leads the team in points (10), knocking in five goals this season. Goalkeeper Kathleen Brandl records a 4-4-0 record and holds a .737 save percentage and a 1.54 goals against average.
Last Week's Results
Freshman Kayla Santacruz scored twice in the overtime win at Fresno State last week, September 30. This marked the first time the Spartans beat the 'Dogs at home in Bulldog Stadium, previously going 0-5-1. Down by one in the 72nd minute, San Jose State found the equalizer when Sophomore Kelsey Lord played the ball to Santacruz, who broke free and slipped the ball into the back of the net. In the 95th minute, the Spartans were able to close the game when Lord dribbled the ball past a couple defenders and buried a shot from an angle at 18 yards. Santacruz redirected the shot into the far post for the game-winner as the Spartans won 2-1.
The Spartans continue to appear in the NSCAA Regional Rankings for the second straight week. San Jose State ranks at No. 9 in the NCAA Rankings Regional-West.
Five On It
San Jose State enters the match with a five-game win streak. Last year on September 25, the Spartans blanked the United States Air Force Academy for its first five-match win streak in the program's 15-year history, finishing with a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Santacruz Climbs Rankings
Freshman Kayla Santacruz finds her way towards the top of the WAC individual rankings. The midfielder places second in total points and points per game, with four. Santacruz is also runner-up in total goals and goals per game, knocking in two. Santacruz scored twice last week at Fresno State, September 30, for her third overall goal this season.
The Spartans travel this weekend to face two WAC teams. San Jose will face Louisiana Tech, Friday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m. and New Mexico State on Sunday, October 17 at 12:00 p.m.