Women's Soccer Travels To The Islands For WAC Match

The San Jose State women’s soccer team heads to the islands Sunday, Oct. 16, to take on Hawaii in a Western Athletic Conference match for its only game of the week. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Pacific time.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-10, 1-1 WAC)
Sunday at Hawaii (3-10, 2-1 WAC), 8 p.m.
LIVE STATS Live stats are available free of charge on www.sjsuspartans.com for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page and select the game by clicking on the camera icon.  Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section of the women's soccer home page.
SPARTANS TICKETS Tickets to all home women’s soccer games are available at the gate starting one hour before kickoff. Fans can also call the San Jose State Spartans Ticket Office for advance group purchases by calling 408-924-SJTX.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (3-10, 1-1 WAC) went 1-1 in two home games last week, defeating Dominican (Calif.), 3-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, before falling to Fresno State in a WAC game, 1-0, on Saturday, Oct. 8. Kelsey Lord had a goal and two assists to lead SJSU against the Penguins. A goal off a corner kick in the 16th minute was all Fresno State would need to come away with the 1-0 victory.
Lord added to her season total as the team’s leading scorer with her four points Dominican. She now has four goals and three assists for 11 points in 2011. Lord is also the team’s top shooter with 31 shots and 14 on goal. Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald has logged 1,152 minutes minding the net for San Jose State this season. Her 68 saves and 1.87 goals against average are team bests.
SERIES HISTORY The Rainbow Wahine leads the all-time series against San Jose State, 8-6-2. The Spartans are on a short, two-game unbeaten streak against Hawaii since 2009, going 1-0-1. Last year’s match ended in a tie, 1-1, at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans opened the series, which began in their inaugural year in 1995, with four straight wins before falling for the first time against Hawaii, 2-1, on Oct. 10, 1999. San Jose State is 4-3-1 as the road team in the series.
ABOUT HAWAII The Rainbow Wahine (3-10, 2-1 WAC) lost their first conference game on Oct. 7 at Idaho, 4-2, after opening their WAC slate at 2-0. The team is 1-9 in non-conference play this season, its only win coming at home against NCAA Division II member Hawaii Pacific. Hawaii has allowed the most goals among WAC teams this season (31) and holds the worst goals against average (2.36), but through three WAC games, it leads the conference in goals scored (nine), goals per game (3.00), points (22), and has played an aggressive brand of soccer with a conference-leading 38 fouls in WAC matches.
Brittani Lum is the team’s leading scorer and shooter with five goals and an assist (11 points) on 22 shots and 10 shots on goal. Rachel Doming leads the team in assists with five. Goalkeeper Kanani Taaca has made 59 saves with one shutout while playing every minute in goal for Hawaii this season.
BYE, BYE, BYE For the first time in program history, the Spartans are beginning their WAC schedule with three straight one-game weeks. A single-game week gives the team a bye from the regular two-game weekend schedule. With eight teams in the conference in 2011, the Spartans will play seven WAC opponents on three single-game weeks and two two-game weeks. All three of the Spartans’ weeks in which they play a single game against a WAC opponent lined up at the opening of the conference slate.
PLAYING THEM CLOSE Of the Spartans’ 10 losses this season, five of them have come by one goal, including three straight one-goal setbacks to open the season. SJSU has been involved in seven one-goal games this year, holding a 2-5 record in those matches. 10 of the Spartans’ 13 games have been decided by two goals or less.
HAWAII RESULT A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? On the three occasions that San Jose State has won either the WAC regular season title (2009-10) or the tournament title (2000), the Spartans also won or tied against Hawaii during the regular season that same year. In four other seasons when they defeated Hawaii, the Spartans made it to at least the semifinals of the WAC tournament. Conversely, in seven seasons when they lost to Hawaii, the Spartans either did not make the WAC tournament or did not advance past the first round.
FALLING GOALS AGAINST Senior goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald has tightened her lock on opponents’ scoring opportunities in the last three games. Maiwald has dropped her season goals against average from 2.17 to 1.87. She has posted a 0.75 goals against average in 238 minutes, 45 seconds minding the net during that stretch with 11 saves and a combined shutout of Dominican on Oct. 4.
SPREADING THE SCORING 10 different players have scored at least one of the Spartans’ 13 goals this season. Kelsey Lord leads the way with four tallies, her most recent coming in the form of a game-winner against Dominican on Oct. 4.Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal on Aug. 26 against No. 13 UC Irvine, and McColl Matthews got her first collegiate score Sept. 9 at CSU Bakersfield. Jessica Ingram tallied a goal Aug. 28 at UC Riverside, while Shanelle Furner and Kelsy Holm both notched scores Sept. 6 against UC Davis. Lauren Sanchez got on the board with a goal Sept. 18 against Portland State, a game-winner in a 1-0 Spartans victory, and Kayla Santacruz tallied a game-tying goal against Idaho on Oct. 2. Abigail Hernandez netted her first collegiate goal and Megan Molina got her first of the season against Dominican (Calif.) on Oct. 4.
COMPLETE VICTORY Oct. 2nd’s win versus Idaho was the first game in 2011 the Spartans had more shots on goal (9-5), more corner kicks (3-2) and outshot (19-17) its opponent all in the same game. The Spartans repeated that feat two days later on Oct. 4th against Dominican.
ASCENDING THE CAREER RANKS Kelsey Lord and Meghan Maiwald have already made moves in the Spartans’ career records list early in 2011, and the two are poised to continue climbing. Lord’s 11 points this season has pushed her career total to 55, allowing her to claim sole possession of third place in career points at SJSU, passing Julie Brum (45), who played from 1997-2000. Lord’s four goals this season have also moved her into third all-time in career goals at SJSU with 19.   Maiwald’s 68 saves so far this season has given her 164 in her career, allowing her to pass Erin Meyer (156) and move into fifth all-time. Next in Maiwald’s view is Erin Lavey, who recorded 221 saves from 2002-05.
ONE MORE FOR LORD With one more assist, Kelsey Lord (17 career assists) will break the career assists record at San Jose State with 18. Lord recorded three assists her freshman year and a single-season record 11 last season. Her three helpers this year have tied her for the all-time career record at San Jose State with Michelle Vargas (1995-96).
MORE RECORD PACE FOR MAIWALD Maiwald’s solo shutout of Portland State Sept. 18 was the seventh of her career, tying her for third all-time with Adrienne Herbst, who had seven jobs from 2003-05. Her combined shutout on Oct. 4 against Dominican with teammate Gladis Covarrubias gave her eight total shutouts in her career, third all-time at San Jose State. Maiwald’s predecessor Nina Butera (2007-09) is second with 10 career combined shutouts.
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK The Spartans’ first player of the week recognition of 2011 came when senior Lauren Sanchez was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18.
Sanchez, a midfielder from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS), scored the lone goal in the Spartans’ 1-0 victory over Portland State, Sept. 18. The goal, which came in the 70th minute, allowed the Spartans to capture their first win of the season. The goal was Sanchez’s first of the season. 
HEAD COACH JEFF LEIGHTMAN Jeff Leightman is in his fourth season leading the San Jose State women’s soccer program. Leightman has collected a 31-34-9 record at the helm of the Spartans while winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10.
UP NEXT The Spartans return home for two WAC matches on Friday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 23. The New Mexico State Aggies visit on Oct. 21, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader scheduled with SJSU men's soccer. San Jose State will host senior day activities before a noon kickoff on Oct. 23 against Louisiana Tech.