THIS WEEK - SPARTANS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY
Coming off of its second win of the season, the San Jose State University women’s soccer team now begins the Western Athletic Conference portion of its 2007 season this week, travelling south by bus to rival Fresno State on Friday, October 12, for a match beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium, before playing host to the University of Nevada inside Spartan Stadium on Sunday, October 14. Fresno State is the defending WAC regular-season champion, while Nevada won its first WAC Tournament title on its home field and thus earned a trip to the NCAA Championship a year ago. The game with Nevada will serve as the second half of another Spartan soccer doubleheader, with the men taking on conference foe UNLV at 1:00 p.m.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-8-2, 0-0 WAC)
at FRESNO STATE (5-5, 0-0 WAC)
BULLDOG STADIUM, FRESNO, CALIF.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7:00 P.M.
vs. UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA (4-5-1, 0-0 WAC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 3:30 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-8-2, 0-0 WAC) at FRESNO STATE (5-5, 0-0 WAC)
(FS Leads Series, 9-4-1)
Fresno State evened its overall record at 5-5 with a 1-0 home victory over the University of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7. Against other common opponents this season with the Spartans, the Bulldogs blanked UC Irvine at home to start the year (3-0), lost at Sacramento State (5-1) and lost at home to Cal State Fullerton (3-2). Fresno State is 3-1 at home this season.
Forward Nicole Gutierrez leads the Bulldogs in goals (6) and points (14). Two of her goals have been game-winners, and she has added a pair of assists. Ali Sill, a fellow junior and preseason All-WAC selection, has three goals and four assists for 10 points, while senior Amanda Reyes has three goals and two assists. Freshman goalkeeper Kaity Revel, out of San Mateo, Calif., and Aragon High School, has 32 saves, a 1.16 goals-against-average and four shutouts.
Fresno State holds a 9-4-1 advantage in the all-time series and is 3-1-1 at home against SJSU. The Spartans and Bulldogs have faced off at least once each year since San Jose State started its program in 1995. Of the 14 meetings, three have taken place at the WAC Tournament, with Fresno State coming out with narrow 1-0 victories in 1999, 2005 and 2006. The 2006 affair ended with a Bulldog goal with eight seconds left in the second overtime in Reno, Nev. The lone Spartan win in Fresno came the last time they played there, with then-freshman Jennifer Guadagnolo’s goal at 86:40 off an assist from Nicole Irwin the difference in a 1-0 victory in 2005. Steve Springthorpe, the 2006 WAC Coach of the Year, is 33-29-9 in his fourth season in charge of the Bulldogs.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-8-2, 0-0 WAC) vs. NEVADA (4-5-1, 0-0 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 5-2-1)
Nevada opens up conference play at Hawai’i on Friday night, October 12, before heading to San Jose. The Wolf Pack are winners of three straight heading to Honolulu, with a 4-1 decision at UC Davis and a pair of 3-0 victories over UNLV and Northern Arizona. Nevada previously tied Sacramento State at home, 3-3, and blanked San Francisco, also in Reno, 2-0.
Freshman Cristen Drummond paces the Wolf Pack with five goals, including two against Northern Arizona on Friday, October 5. Junior Karen Zmirak shares the team points lead with Drummond at 12 from four goals and a team-best four assists. Freshman Marie Cove has seen all of the action in goal, posting a 1.17 goals-against-average with 35 saves and three shutouts.
San Jose State is 5-2-1 all-time against Nevada, including an undefeated 2-0-1 in San Jose. The Spartans outlasted the Wolf Pack, 4-3 in overtime in San Jose in 2001, with a subsequent 2-0 victory at Spartan Field coming in 2003. The teams played to a wild 4-4 draw in double overtime at Spartan Stadium on Senior Day in 2005. Nevada took last year’s meeting at home to close out the regular season, 3-1, on October 29, 2006. Liz Behlen scored the Spartan goal unassisted. Nevada is led by first-year interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic, now in her fourth season overall with the Wolf Pack.
Live stats for all San Jose State home contests held at Spartan Stadium, and most road matches, including the WAC opener at Fresno State, 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: SHORT-HANDED SPARTANS TRIUMPH OVER UCI
Competing a player short for over 82 minutes of the game due to an early red card, San Jose State fought couragiously and came up with a 2-1 victory inside Spartan Stadium over UC Irvine on Sunday, October 7. Both goals came from Jessica Scott over the last 5:11 of the game. The visiting Anteaters pulled one back with 1:47 left to make things interesting, but the Spartans fended off the threat. Scott’s first goal came via a long punt by goalkeeper Nina Butera and a headed through ball by Nicole Irwin, with both players gaining credit for assists. Less than three minutes later, at 87:27, Scott ran onto a deep pass down the left wing by Tasha Van Dixhorn, knocked the ball past the oncoming UCI goalie and slotted her shot into the empty net. Butera finished with a career-high 11 saves to go along with her first collegiate assist. The 11 saves included one on a penalty kick in the first half, as the redshirt freshman dove to her left to make the grab.
JESSICA SCOTT NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Forward Jessica Scott was named the Western Athletic Conference Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, October 8. The junior scored both Spartan goals in a 2-1 home win over UC Irvine on Sunday, October 7. Scott is now a second-time honoree.
BUTERA HELPS ON BOTH DEFENSE AND OFFENSE
In addition to her career-high and 2007 Spartan single-game high 11 saves in the 2-1 win over UC Irvine on October 7, goalkeeper Nina Butera provided her first collegiate assist on a long punt on the first SJSU goal that senior teammate Nicole Irwin then headed on and into the path of the scorer, Jessica Scott. One of Butera’s saves came on a first-half penalty kick.
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.