Scott and Dayton sweep WAC "Player of the Week" honors

Denver, Colo. - San Jose State University forward Jessica Scott and goalkeeper Marissa Dayton were named the Western Athletic Conference women’s soccer offensive and defensive “Players of the Week,” respectively, on Monday, October 16.

Scott, a sophomore from San Ramon, Calif. (California HS), produced a hat trick in the first half to lead San Jose State to a 5-0 home win over Louisiana Tech on Sunday, October 15, helping to complete another undefeated weekend in WAC play for the first-place Spartans. After sharing the SJSU team high with three shots in a scoreless draw at Utah State on Friday, October 13, Scott took four more shots against the Lady Techsters, with three of them finding the back of the net. The hat trick was the first by a Spartan since 1997, and just the sixth in the program’s 12-year history, with four of them accomplished in one half of soccer. It was also just the second hat trick by a WAC player during the 2006 season, and first in a WAC match.

Scott opened the scoring in the 10th minute, running in one on one on the Louisiana Tech goalie following a through ball by Heather Oranje and a headed flick-on by Nicole Martinez, and putting a well-placed shot past her for the goal. Scott made the score 3-0 at 26:21, shooting from the right side of the penalty box into the left side of the goal, with assists going to Nicole Irwin and Jackie Zabek. Scott then also closed the scoring at 32:48, tapping a short cross from the right by Cristin Murphy into the empty net from close range. She now leads the Spartans in goals scored (6), points (15), shots (53) and shots on goal (23). The 2006 preseason All-WAC selection has started all 16 games for SJSU, and has already bettered her freshman goal total of five. Her seven total points against Louisiana Tech falls one short of tying the single-game school record of eight, set by all-time leading scorer Stacie Savage in 1996.

SCORELESS STRING CONTINUES FOR DAYTON AND SPARTANS

Dayton, a freshman from Livermore, Calif. (Livermore HS), posted two more shutouts last week to extend her personal string to four games and 381 minutes of scoreless soccer in goal. The four shutouts in a row is a new team and individual school record, and already puts Dayton in third on the SJSU career shutouts list in her first season of action after redshirting in 2005. Dayton made a career-high 13 saves in a double-overtime, 0-0 tie at Utah State in SJSU’s first-ever trip to Logan, Utah, on Friday, October 13. She stopped six shots in each half, including a crucial one-on-one opportunity in the first, and added a 13th save in the first overtime period.

Dayton needed to make just a pair of saves in the first half in the 5-0 defeat of Louisiana Tech, including a nice save going to her right late in the period to deny leading Lady Techster goal-scorer Emily Cleaveland from close range. For the week, she did not allow a goal in 200 minutes of action. Dayton’s previous career high in saves was nine, which she registered twice, on the road at LMU to open the season, and at third-ranked Santa Clara. The 13 saves against Louisiana Tech were three short of the single-game school record.

San Jose State swept the weekly awards for the first time since the WAC began naming both an offensive and defensive player of the week in 2002. This is the third such honor for a Spartan women’s soccer player in 2006, after Nicole Irwin was selected “Offensive Player of the Week” for the week of October 2-8. Scott and Dayton are both first-time honorees.

With the results last week, San Jose State’s record is now at 6-8-2 overall and a still-unbeaten 3-0-1 in the WAC. This is the Spartans’ best conference start since joining the WAC for the 1996 season. SJSU is yet to allow a goal in league play through four games. The Spartans remain alone in first place in the WAC standings with 10 points.
San Jose State next travels to Honolulu, Hawaii, to take on defending regular-season WAC champion University of Hawai’i, on Sunday, October 22.

Other offensive nominees included: Nicole Gutierrez, Fresno State and Blaine Dugan, Nevada.

Other defensive nominees included: Kim Parker, Boise State; Rochelle Jagdeo, Fresno State; Jessica Wilcox, Nevada and Ali Griffin, Utah State.