Oct. 9, 2013
Boise State Boise, Id.
Oct. 11 Boise State 12:30 p.m.
Utah State San Jose, Calif.
Oct. 13 Utah State 12:00 p.m.
(All times in PDT)
SAN JOSÉ STATE FACES FORMER WAC FOES THIS WEEKEND: The San José State University women's soccer team (2-10-0, 1-3-0 MW) faces a pair of former Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rivals this weekend. The Spartans travel to Boise State on Friday, October 11 for a 12:30 p.m. (PDT) match against the Broncos, then host Utah State for a 12:00 p.m. (PDT) match on Sunday, October 13.
San José State earned its first shutout of the season in a double overtime victory over UNLV on Friday, October 4. The team's first 1-0 double overtime shutout since 2009, Lupita Estrada scored the game-winner in the 105th minute for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Despite generating a bevy of scoring chances, the Spartans lost to the Nevada Wolf Pack, 2-1, in a Mountain West match on Sunday, October 6, out-shooting Nevada, 13-6, to tie its largest shot margin of the season.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for this weekend's matches will be available on SJSUSpartans.com. Click on the calendar button in the center of the homepage, then access live stats for each match by clicking on the GameTracker icon.
LIVE STREAM: Live video will be available for the Utah State match through the Mountain West Network, free-of-charge. Visit SJSUSpartans.com/videos and click on the `Live' tab 30 minutes prior to kick-off.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS: The Broncos (7-4-2, 2-1 MW) will be a tough defensive opponent for the Spartans, posting a 2-0-2 record at home and allowing just 11 goals in their 13 matches played this season.
In goal, Maddy McDevitt has been a major reason for Boise State's success, playing every minute for the Broncos and posting a 0.80 goals against average with six shutouts.
Offensively, Brooke Heidemann has scored six of the team's 15 goals this season, taking a team-leading 33 shots.
All-time, Boise State has a 7-4-2 record over the Spartans. The teams last played at the 2010 WAC Tournament, when the San José State blanked Boise State, 2-0.
Jim Thomas is in his first season as the Broncos' head coach.
UTAH STATE AGGIES: Utah State (6-4-2, 2-1-0 MW) has gleaned offensive support from a slew of players, with 12 different Aggies earning at least a point through the team's first 12 matches.
The team is led offensively by Jennifer Flynn and Taryn Rose, who have each scored a team-leading three goals.
Goalkeeper Jeannie Woller's 58 saves, five shutouts and 4.83 saves per game are tied for second-most in the Mountain West.
The series is even at 5-5-2. Last season, San José State fell to Utah State, 1-0 in Logan.
Heather Cairns is in her 11th season as Utah State's head coach.
SAN JOSÉ STATE HEAD COACH: Head Coach Jeff Leightman is at the Spartans' helm for his sixth season, entering 2013 with a 40-47-11 record. The 2009 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year, he is the only coach to lead his team to back-to-back regular season conference titles. In each of his first four years, he led the Spartans to a WAC Tournament bid.
NOTES FROM THE PITCH:
Ashley Boitz, a forward, has played in 11 matches for the Spartans this season. She has taken four shots, two of which were between the pipes.
Rachel Docherty, a defender, has started six of nine matches played for the Spartans this season.
Alex Donaldson, a defender, has played in 10 of the Spartans’ matches this season with two starts.
Lupita Estrada, a foward, has started all of the Spartans’ matches this season and leads the team in goals (4), points (9), shots (21) and shots on goal (13). She was named to the University of San Diego Tournament All-Tournament Team after scoring both of the team’s goals.
Sarah Fraser, a defender, has played in all of the Spartans’ matches this season with four starts. She has scored one goal, and has taken three shots, two of which were between the pipes.
Alex Jimenez, a defender, has played in all of the Spartans’ matches and has nine starts this season. She has taken one shot.
Cheryl Kute, a midfielder, has started all of the Spartans’ 2013 matches this season. She has scored one goal, a game-winning penalty kick, and has one assist. She has taken 11 shots, seven of which were on goal. Kute was named to the University of San Diego Tournament All-Tournament Team.
McColl Matthews, a forward, has played in nine of the team’s matches this season with four starts. She assisted on one goal, taking two shots, both of which were between the pipes.
Carley McBeath has started 10 of 11 matches for the Spartans this season as a midfielder or defender. She has one assist and has taken 12 shots, six of which were on goal.
Megan Molina, a midfielder, has started all of the Spartans’ matches this season. She has taken 13 shots, six of which were between the pipes.
Megan Rauschnot, a midfielder, has started eight of the team’s matches, taking one shot this season.
Stephanie Rebagliati, a defender, has played in 11 of the Spartans’ matches this season, making six starts. She has taken one shot, which was on goal.
Kareli Rodriguez, a forward, has scored two goals and is the team’s assist leader (2) in her 12 starts this season. She has taken 19 shots with six going between the pipes.
Becca Spangler, a midfielder, has seven starts for the Spartans this season, appearing in all 10 matches. She has one assist and has taken one shot.
Alexis Venegas, a midfielder, has started 11 of the Spartans’ matches this season. She scored her first collegiate goal against San Francisco and her assist this season came on the double overtime game-winner against UNLV. She has taken nine shots, six of which were between the pipes.
Mireya Wathen-Mayorga, a midfielder, has played in two of the Spartans’ matches this season.
NOTES FROM BETWEEN THE PIPES:
Zoe Makrigiannis has five starts for the Spartans and an additional two appearances for 499:00 minutes in goal this season. She has a 1.62 goals against average with a .719 save percentage alongside a 1-4 record.
Sarah Peplinski has started seven of the Spartans' 12 matches this season, making appearances in eight matches. In 610:10 minutes played, she has a 1-6 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .630 save percentage.
SPARTANS' NEXT MATCH: San José State is on the road next weekend, traveling to Air Force for a 5:00 p.m. (MDT) match on Friday, October 18. The Spartans then play Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., for the first time since 1996 on Sunday, October 20 for a 12:00 p.m. (MDT) match.