THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HOST AGGIES, RAINBOW WAHINE
Having won two of its last three games, both by the identical score of 2-1, the San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays a pair of home games in the week ahead. The Spartans close out the non-conference slate against UC Davis on Wednesday afternoon, October 17, before returning to WAC play for good against the University of Hawai’i on Sunday, October 21. The UC Davis game has been moved to Spartan Field at 3:00 p.m. The Hawai’i match is set for Spartan Field at 1:00 p.m. Admission to all games at Spartan Field is free of charge.
Jessica Scott currently leads the team in goals (5), points (11), shots (46), shots on goal (13) and game-winning goals (2). True freshmen and local products Kim Johnston and Lauren Ng-Pinkerton each provided their first collegiate points in their fourth collegiate game on Sunday, October 14, Johnston notching the 84th-minute game-winner against Nevada off assists from Ng-Pinkerton and Scott.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-9-2, 1-1 WAC)
vs. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (5-8, 1-3 BWC)
SPARTAN FIELD, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 3:00 P.M.
vs. UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I (9-3-2, 2-0 WAC)
SPARTAN FIELD, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (3-9-2, 1-1 WAC) vs. UC DAVIS (5-8, 1-3 BWC)
(Series Even, 1-1-1)
UC Davis is now a full-fledged member of the Big West Conference, having completed the four-year reclassification process from the NCAA Division II to Division I. The Aggies have lost three games in a row, all by one-goal margins, including a 2-1 defeat in double overtime at UC Riverside in its last match on Sunday. Freshman Samantha Faber had scored her fourth goal to give UCD a 1-0 lead at 85:00, but the Highlanders tied it with 1:48 left in regulation and won it at 107:33. Senior Dayna Dumont leads the team in goals (5), including three game-winners, and points (11). Redshirt freshman Sarah Peters and senior Megan Daws have each seen time in goal.
The Aggies have a couple of ties to the Spartans. Three current UC Davis squad members, like current Spartan junior Liz Behlen and freshman Danielle Drago, played their prep soccer at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. That trio includes senior Julia Gamlen, junior Molly Scott and sophomore Danielle Contro. Also, senior reserve forward Cynthia Dongo is the older sister of Steve Dongo, a freshman this season on the SJSU men’s squad.
San Jose State is 1-1-1 all-time against UC Davis. The teams have faced off once in each of the past three seasons. In the only prior meeting between them in San Jose, they played to a scoreless, double-overtime tie on September 16, 2005. The Spartans won in Davis, Calif., 1-0, on October 22, 2004, but lost there last year on September 6, 2006, 3-2 in overtime.
Head coach MaryClaire Robinson is 155-114-21 in her 16th season in charge of the Aggies.
SAN JOSE STATE (3-9-2, 1-1 WAC) vs. HAWAI’I (9-3-2, 2-0 WAC)
(UH Leads Series, 6-5-1)
Hawai’i is off to a perfect 2-0 conference start following home victories over Nevada (3-0) and Fresno State (2-1) last weekend to extend its school-record home win streak to seven games.
Rainbow Wahine players swept weekly conference honors on Monday, with sophomore Ambree Ako taking the Offensive Player of the Week award and junior goalkeeper Kori Lu the defensive recipient. Ako now has 19 points on the year from eight goals and three assists, though junior Taryn Fukuroku leads UH with 20 points from seven goals and six assists. Senior midfielder Jessica Domingo, a two-time All-WAC honoree, has provided a team-best seven assists. Lu has posted a 1.06 goals-against-average with 39 saves and three individual shutouts.
San Jose State is 5-6-1 against UH all-time, including 2-4 in San Jose. SJSU and Hawai’i have faced each other once in every season since the Spartan program began play in 1995. The Spartans put together arguably their most comprehensive game of the season in upending the Rainbow Wahine, 4-2, in Honolulu in last year’s meeting on October 22, 2006, behind a three-goal hat trick in the second half by Nicole Irwin. Two years ago, the game was again played on Spartan Field, with UH taking a 2-0 decision on October 21, 2005.
Hawai’i is led by 14th-year head coach Pinsoom Tenzing, now with an overall record of 118-123-22 with the Rainbow Wahine.
LAST TIME OUT: FRESHMEN COMBINE FOR LATE WINNER OVER NEVADA
Kim Johnston netted her first college goal in the 84th minute with fellow freshman Lauren Ng-Pinkerton in on the assist as San Jose State knocked off preseason WAC favorite and defending WAC Tournament champion Nevada, 2-1, here on Sunday, October 14. The visiting Wolf Pack had tied it at 1-1 at the 81:54 mark when just 92 seconds later, at 83:26, Johnston scored what proved to be the winner. Jessica Scott flicked the ball on to the right flank for Ng-Pinkerton, who beat a couple of defenders toward the goalline and hit a cross into the center of the box. The Nevada goalkeeper was not able to get a firm grasp of the incoming ball, with Johnston first to it to touch it home. It was Johnston’s first collegiate goal on her first collegiate shot attempt. Scott was also credited with an assist on the game-winner, her first of the year. The junior had tallied the opening goal of the game at 7:54, curving a corner kick straight into the opposing goal.