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The first-place San Jose State University women’s soccer team contests a pair of Western Athletic Conference games this week. The Spartans travelled for the first time to Logan, Utah, early Thursday, October 12, to take on the Aggies of Utah State University on Friday, October 13. Start time for the game is 3:00 p.m. MDT, as SJSU looks to continue its perfect start to the league season. San Jose State will then host Louisiana Tech University for the first time on Sunday, October 15. Kick-off at Spartan Stadium is set for approximately 2:30 p.m., as part of the lone Spartan soccer doubleheader of the 2006 season. The San Jose State men’s soccer team will host Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Air Force at 12:00 p.m.
at UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (6-7, 1-0 WAC)
CHUCK & GLORIA BELL FIELD, LOGAN, UTAH
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 3:00 P.M.
vs. LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY (4-5-2, 0-1 WAC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2:30 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (5-8-1, 2-0 WAC) at UTAH STATE (6-7, 1-0 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0)
Utah State had a modest two-match win streak snapped against in-state non-conference rival Utah Valley State at home on Friday, October 6. The Aggies followed that game up with a 2-1 win at Louisiana Tech in their WAC opener on Sunday, October 8. The 2-1 victory marked Utah State’s eighth game in a row decided by one goal, and 11th such contest of the season. Utah State is 6-5 in those games.
Charity Weston scored the opener and assisted on the insurance goal at Louisiana Tech, with both goals coming in the first half. The 2005 first-team All-WAC selection leads the Aggies with eight points from three goals and two assists. Erin Salmon has scored three goals of her own. Ali Griffin (1.05 GAA, 52 saves, four shutouts) has played every minute in goal.
San Jose State has won the only previous meeting between these teams, a 4-2 triumph in San Jose on October 14, 2005. The Spartan goals were scored by Liz Behlen (2), Jackie Cruz and Kristin Krale. The Aggies received goals from Weston and Abby Hunt. Last year was Utah State’s first as a WAC member. This will be San Jose State’s first trip to Logan, Utah. Utah State is coached by Heather Cairns. In her fourth season, she has a record of 29-34-7.
SAN JOSE STATE (5-8-1, 2-0 WAC) vs. LOUISIANA TECH (4-5-2, 0-1 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0)
The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer program is in its third year of existence. The Bulldogs completed a season-long five-game homestand on Sunday, October 8, with a 2-1 loss to Utah State in their 2006 WAC opener. Louisiana Tech was 1-2-2 on the homestand. The goal against Utah State, scored unassisted by Denise Wilson with just 25 seconds remaining in the game, was Louisiana Tech’s first-ever goal in WAC play. In 2005, its first year as a member of the WAC, Louisiana Tech went 0-7 and failed to register a goal in conference play.
The Bulldogs are led offensively by Emily Cleaveland, who has five goals and one assist for a team-high 11 points. Brook Kelly has four goals and two assists for 10 points, while Wilson has four goals. Jill Medigovich (1.39 GAA, 51 saves, three shutouts) is the regular goalkeeper.
San Jose State has won the only previous meeting between these teams, a 4-0 shutout in Ruston, La., on October 16, 2005. The Spartan goals were scored by Jessica Scott, Kristin Krale, Nicole Irwin and Liz Behlen, in order. The Bulldogs are coached by Jennifer (Soileau) Burns. In her third year, she is 11-25-4.
Live statistics will be available free of charge for the San Jose State-Louisiana Tech game, at www.sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live” on the top menu bar and then on “Live Stats”. Live video streaming is also available for this game for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone,” at www.sjsuspartans.com.
FIRST-PLACE SPARTANS OFF TO PERFECT CONFERENCE START
San Jose State is alone in first place through the first weekend of Western Athletic Conference action for the 2006 season. The Spartans have the full six points from two games. San Jose State is off to its first 2-0 league start since joining the WAC for the 1996 season. The Spartans’ previous best start to a season was in 2000, when they came out of the gate 2-0-1 with consecutive wins following a 1-1 tie at Hawai’i to open the conference portion of the schedule.
LAST WEEK’S ACTION
San Jose State began the 2006 WAC season a perfect 2-0 last week following a 6-0 loss at third-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara in the annual “Rivalry Series” game on October 4.
The Spartans blanked visiting Boise State, 3-0, on Friday, October 6, before edging Idaho on the road on October 8, 1-0. Nicole Irwin keyed both wins, scoring the first two goals and assisting on Jackie Zabek’s late header goal with a corner kick against the Broncos before tallying the lone score of the Idaho match. Against Boise State, Irwin scored on long-range shots at 27:07 and 72:43, with Roxy Kamal gaining credit for her first collegiate assist on the latter goal. Zabek’s score was at 82:49. Irwin’s game-winner at Idaho came at 25:48, with assists going to Nicole Martinez and Cynthia Pinkney. Marissa Dayton picked up the first two shutouts of her college career in goal, making two stops against Boise State and three more saves at Idaho.
IRWIN PICKS UP NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS
With her seven-point performance last week with two game-winning goals, Nicole Irwin became the first player in program history to gain selection to the Soccer Buzz “National Elite Team of the Week.” Irwin garnered WAC “Offensive Player of the Week” distinction earlier in the week for the first time in her college career. The WAC award was the first for a Spartan player in 2006, and first since Liz Behlen also earned offensive honors on October 17, 2005.