Women's Soccer Comes Home In First Place

Oct. 10, 2017

SPARTANS RETURN HOME IN FIRST PLACE
The San José State women’s soccer team returns home this week in first place with 13 points in the Mountain West table. The Spartans finished their first road trip of league play 2-1-1 and now take on Nevada on Friday, Oct. 13, and UNLV on Sunday Oct. 15. Both matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network, but we hope to see everyone out at the Spartan Soccer Complex.
 

MATCH #13
 
San José State (7-5-1, 4-1-1 MW) vs. Nevada (1-13-1, 0-6-0 MW)
Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
Spartan Soccer Complex (400)
 
Series: SJSU leads, 12-5-1
Last Meeting: San José State beat Nevada, 3-1, in Reno last season on Sept. 25, 2016.
Trend: A win on Saturday would make it three in a row over the Wolf Pack and five of the last seven.
  
 
MATCH #14
 
San José State (7-5-1, 4-1-1 MW) vs. UNLV (12-3-0, 4-2-0 MW)
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (PT)
Spartan Soccer Complex (400)
San Jose, Calif.

 
Series: UNLV leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: San José State beat UNLV 2-1 in last season’s only meeting in Las Vegas on Sept. 23, 2016.
Trend: The win last season was SJSU’s first against the Rebels in five matches dating back to the 1998 season when the programs met for the first time.
 
 
 
SUCCESSFUL TRIP VAULTS SPARTANS INTO FIRST
The Spartans recently completed a road trip which they finished 2-1-1 and vaulted into first place in the Mountain West standings. The trip began with a 1-0 overtime win at Colorado State where Dorthe Hoppius scored the game-winning goal. The victory was San José State’s fifth in a row. The streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss in snowy Wyoming, but the Spartans got back on track with a tie at San Diego State and a 2-1 victory at New Mexico to conclude the trip.
 
WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR SJSU
The Spartans are currently in first place with 13 points. UNLV, New Mexico and Air Force are all bunched in a tie for second place with 12 points. Heading into this week, the top seven teams in the league are all separated by just three points. Depending on Friday’s results, SJSU’s match on Sunday against UNLV could be a battle between the top two teams in the league and have a significant impact on winning the Mountain West regular season title. Full scenarios involving the regular season title and Mountain West Tournament seeding will be more clear when this week’s matches are complete.
 
YOU WANT TO SEE THIS LIVE!
Sunday’s match against UNLV could be the biggest match of the season to date, and the Spartan women’s soccer team invites everyone to come see it at the Spartan Soccer Complex. Come watch the game from the Striker Club, where you can enjoy a shaded area with snacks and beverages. Youngsters can watch the match and then meet the players during a postgame autograph session. Spartan Shops will be at the match with a fantastic selection from their Street Eats food tuck. It’s a big day out at the Spartan Soccer Complex and we hope to see you there!

CHEER FOR YOUR SPARTANS FROM INSIDE THE STRIKER CLUB
There is no better way to enjoy matches on Sundays at the Spartan Soccer Complex than from inside the Striker Club. The Striker Club experience includes a ticket to game, access to a private area with shaded seating, two beverages (beers/wine/soda/water) and unlimited helpings of snacks. It's just $25 for ages 21 and older and $10 for 20 and under.

MORE PK HEROICS IN SAN DIEGO FOR SIMONEAU
Paige Simoneau was the hero who came in a stopped multiple penalty kicks against San Diego State in title match pf the 2015 Mountain West Tournament. Simoneau turned back the clock and last Friday night and stopped another penalty kick on the same surface against the same Aztecs. The play came in the 52nd minute when she dove low and left to block the shot, then returned to her feet to save another SDSU attempt off the rebound. Simoneau finished with a career-high eight saves that night and earned a shutout. She was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week for her outstanding performance. 


 
QUICK STRIKES LIFT SPARTANS OVER NEW MEXICO
San José State struck for two goals in a span of 26 seconds last match at New Mexico and went on for the 2-1 win. Darriell Franklin found the back of the net for the first time in 2017 with an arching shot from nearly 25 yards out to make it 1-0. Then the Spartans got the ball back shortly after UNM’s kickoff and Jamilecxth Becerra shot one past the keeper inside the right post to make it 2-0. You might be wondering what the record is for fastest consecutive goals are. In this case, 26 seconds is fast, but nowhere near the NCAA Division I record of five seconds held by Fresno State (1997) and Northwestern (1994).


 
BECERRA & HOPPIUS SHARE TEAM LEAD IN GOALS
Senior Dorthe Hoppius has history of being an elite goal scorer. In fact, she’s SJSU’s fourth-leading goal scorer in program history. Sophomore newcomer Jamilecxth Becerra also has a history of finding the back of the net, but now she’s doing it on a new level in her first season of Division I soccer with the Spartans. Both Hoppius and Becerra head into this week tied for the team-lead with four goals. Three of the four for Becerra have been game-winners, including the walk-off in double-OT against Utah State. Hoppius has two game-winners of her own.
 
ARISTA TIED FOR LEAGUE LEAD IN ASSISTS
Senior Yaritza Arista has four assists during Mountain West play, tyingher for the league lead with UNLV’s Sophie Cortez. Three of the four assists have led to a game-winning goal for the Spartans. Arista is responsible for nearly all corner kicks and will take some free kicks as well, like the one which setup Dorthe Hoppius’ game-winner in overtime at Colorado State.