SPARTANS HEAD OUT FOR EXTENDED STAY IN COLORADO SPRINGS
The San José State women's soccer team takes off this week for an extended stay in Colorado Spring, Colo., where it will visit Air Force on Thursday, October 8, and Colorado College on Sunday, October 11. The Spartans defeated both of those teams at home last season, but it will be no easy task as the Falcons are coming off of a win over Colorado State, and the Tigers sitting on table of the Mountain West table with a 4-0 record. Both matches will have live video streaming which can be accessed using the links below or by visiting the SJSU women's soccer schedule page. Fans can also get live scoring updates via Twitter by following the team @sjsusoccer.
INSIDE THE MATCHUPS
San José State will take a four-game unbeaten streak against Air Force into Colorado Springs. The last time the two teams met, it ended in a 2-1 win for the Spartans on October 26, 2014 in San Jose. The Spartans are 3-1-1 all-time against the Falcons, who are coming off of a 3-2 double-OT win over Colorado State last Sunday. Air Force is coached by Larry Friend in his seventh season. San José State and Colorado College have only met one time, and it was last season when the Spartans won 3-0 at home. The Tigers are sitting at the top of the Mountain West standings with a perfect 4-0 record so far. Geoff Bennett is in his 12th season as the head coach for Colorado College. The Tigers are coming off of a 2-1 overtime victory over Wyoming last Sunday.
VERN & WATHEN PUSH SPARTANS PAST BOISE STATE
San José State battled back from a 1-0 deficit in the second half to defeat Boise State thanks to goals from Veronica Chung and Mireya Wathen-Mayorga. It was the first goal of the season for both players. Chung's came off of a nice corner kick in from Maricruz Chapa in the 77th minute which made it 1-1. Wathen-Mayorga scored her first-career game-winning goal in the 99th minute sending Boise State home with a 2-1 loss and giving the Spartans a 3-0 start in conference play for the first time since 2006.
FRESHMAN-SENIOR CONNECTION PUTS DAGGER IN BOISE STATE
Freshman Midfielder Courtney Elterman has been seeing an increase in playing time off the bench for SJSU, and she was in on the game-winning play against Boise State. Elterman raced down the right sideline with the ball and put a crossing pass right on the head of Mireya Wathen-Mayorga leading to the golden goal in the 99th minute. It was the first assist of the season for Elterman.
SPARTANS NOTCH FIRST WIN AT HOME
San José State's 2-1 overtime win over Boise State was the first win at Spartan Soccer Field in 2015. The team was previously 0-2-1 at home and 4-2-1 on the road.
14-MATCH SCORING STREAK ENDS WITH 1-0 LOSS
The Spartans' 1-0 loss to Utah State Sunday was not only their first loss in conference play this year, but it was the first time the team had been shutout since October 19, 2014. 14 matches in a row with at least one score was the Mountain West's longest active streak.
SPARTANS SWEEP MW OPENING WEEKEND
San José State defeated Wyoming, 1-0 (OT), and Colorado State, 2-0, last weekend on the road in the opening weekend of Mountain West play. It is the first time SJSU has started out conference play with a 2-0 record since 2009.
MAKRIGIANNIS BECOMES ALL-TIME LEADER IN SHUTOUTS
Senior keeper Zoe Makrigiannis (Sr., GK, Surrey, B.C., Canada) earned the 11th and 12th shutouts of her Spartan career over the weekend, making her the all-time career leader in that category. She made six saves combined in the two matches, three of which came in the first half against Wyoming to preserve a scoreless tie. San José State eventually broke that tie with a golden goal in overtime to defeat the Cowgirls 1-0.
ZOE WINS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
One day after making San José State women's soccer history, Zoe Makrigiannis was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. She has now been a defensive player of the week honoree in each of the last two seasons. Zoe is the second Spartan to earn player of the week honors this season after Darriell Franklin (Fr., F, La Habra, Calif.) was the offensive player of the week for August 24-30.
FRANKLIN-ORODPOUR TANDEM TOO MUCH FOR COLORADO STATE
Darriell Franklin scored her fifth goal of the season to put San José State up 1-0 over Colorado State in the 42nd minute. Samantha Orodpour (Jr., F, Chino Hills, Calif.) hit franklin with a cross from beyond the top-left corner of the box, and was credited with the assist. Less than three minutes into the second half, Franklin returned the favor assisting Orodpour's second goal of the season and the Spartans left Fort Collins with a 2-0 win.
FRANKLIN'S GOLDEN GOAL DOWNS WYOMING
San José State went into overtime for the fourth time this season in the conference opener at Wyoming. Freshman forward Darriell Franklin has seen enough after six minutes of overtime and booted in the golden goal that gave San José State a 1-0 victory. It was Wyoming's first loss at home since October of 2013.
HOPPIUS RECORDS 10TH SPARTAN HAT TRICK
Sophomore forward Dorthe Hoppius recorded San José State's 10th hat trick in program history versus CSUN (9/20). Two of her three goals were go-ahead scores for the Spartans. It was the first hat trick since Kayla Santacruz scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Utah State in October of 2010.
SHARING THE WEALTH
Continuing a trend from last season, eight different Spartans have found the back of the net in 2015. Darriell Franklin leads the way with five and Darlene Rodriguez and Dorthe Hoppius are close behind with three each. Maricruz Chapa and Samantha Orodpour have added two goals a piece while Claire Berkley, Veronica Chung and Mireya Wathen-Mayorga each have one. In 2014, San José State had a Mountain West leading 12 different goal scorers.
FRANKLIN WINS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Darriell Franklin was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 23-30. She became the first Spartan freshman to win a conference player of the week since Mikaella Meibock in 2012. In two matches, Franklin put three out of five shots on goal and two in the back of the net.