THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS FACE CONFERENCE ROAD TESTS
The San Jose State University women's soccer team flew to Reno, Nev., early on the morning of Thursday, October 15, for the first of two Western Athletic Conference road tests this weekend. The Spartans, 7-4-2 overall and 2-0-1 in WAC play, take their school-record nine-game unbeaten streak up against the host Wolf Pack of the University of Nevada (5-9, 2-1 WAC) on Friday night, October 16. Kick-off on the turf inside Mackay Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. The Spartans then head to Logan, Utah, to play at defending WAC regular-season champion Utah State University (7-7-1, 2-1 WAC) on Sunday afternoon, October 18, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Pacific. San Jose State is alone in second-place in the current league standings, with both Nevada and Utah State involved in a four-way tie for the third position.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (7-4-2, 2-0-1 WAC)
at UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA (5-9, 2-1 WAC)
MACKAY STADIUM, RENO, NEV.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (7-4-2, 2-0-1 WAC)
at UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (7-7-1, 2-1 WAC)
CHUCK & GLORIA BELL FIELD, LOGAN, UTAH
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 12:00 P.M. PT
Live stats for all San Jose State home soccer matches are available courtesy of JumpTV and NeuLion at SJSUSpartans.com. Live stats are also available for a majority of the team's road contests, including both the Nevada and Utah State matches this weekend, courtesy of CBSSports.com GameTracker and JumpTV, respectively. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also click on Schedule/Results from the women's soccer home page and access the live stats from there. There will be no audio or video coverage of this weekend's games.
SAN JOSE STATE (7-4-2, 2-0-1 WAC) at NEVADA (5-9, 2-1 WAC) (SJSU Leads Series, 7-2-1)
Nevada has won five of its past nine games following a season-opening five-match losing skid. The Wolf Pack are coming off a 2-0 loss at league foe Boise State on Sunday, October 11, after having posted back-to-back one-goal triumphs over defending WAC regular-season champion Utah State (1-0) at home and Idaho (2-1) on the road. Nevada is 3-2 inside Mackay Stadium in 2009.
Jill Erickson leads the Pack with nine points from a team-best four goals and one assist, whle fellow junior Kesia Broome has five points from one goal and a team-high three assists. Natalie Ratnavira, Ellie Stott, Annabelle Allen and Sarah Voss have provided two goals apiece. The Nevada net has been shared by junior Marie Cove (2.32 GAA, 49 saves) and freshman Dana Moreno (1.77 GAA, 36 saves, two shutouts), a one-time WAC Defensive Player of the Week this season.
San Jose State leads the all-time series, 7-2-1. The teams have met at least once each season since 2000. The Spartans have won each of the past two match-ups, 2-1 at Spartan Field in 2007 on current junior Kim Johnston's first college goal, and 1-0 in Reno a year ago on an Emmy Belding strike. San Jose State is 3-4-1 in Reno, including two losses and a tie at the 2006 and 2008 WAC tournaments held at Mackay Stadium. The Wolf Pack's last win over the Spartans came at home, 3-1, on October 29, 2006.
Jaime Frias is 8-23-3 in his second season in charge at Nevada.
SAN JOSE STATE (7-4-2, 2-0-1 WAC) at UTAH STATE (7-7-1, 2-1 WAC) (USU Leads Series, 3-1-1)
In 2008, Utah State became the first team since SMU in 2001 to go undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference, finishing a perfect 7-0 mark for its first regular-season crown. The Aggies were favored to repeat in the preseason coaches' poll. Utah State opens the home conference schedule against Fresno State on Friday, October 16, before welcoming the Spartans. The Aggies have played each of their first three league matches on the road, and are coming off back-to-back narrow wins at Boise State (1-0) and Idaho (2-1 in double overtime) last weekend. Utah State is 1-2-1 at home in 2009.
Shantel Flanary, the 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year, leads Utah State with 14 points from a team-best six goals and two assists. Junior forward partner Lauren Hansen has four goals and two assists for 10 points. Junior Stefani Shiozaki has contributed three goals and two assists. Sophomore Molli Merrill (1.31 GAA, 63 saves, two shutouts), has seen a majority of the minutes in net.
Utah State leads the young series between these teams, 3-1-1. They have met once each in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and twice in 2007, including the WAC Tournament. The Aggies have won three straight over the Spartans, by an aggregate score of 11-2, including a 3-2 decision in San Jose last October 26. San Jose State's lone victory was in the inaugural match-up, 4-2, at home on October 14, 2005. The Spartans have never won in Logan, Utah, playing to a scoreless draw there in 2006 and losing 4-0 in 2007.
Heather Cairns, the 2008 WAC Coach of the Year, is 63-61-11 in her seventh year at Utah State.
SPARTANS TOP LA TECH BEFORE LETTING AGGIES OFF THE HOOK
San Jose State got by visiting Louisiana Tech, 3-1, on Friday night, October 9, before having to settle for a scoreless draw with first-year program and current league leader New Mexico State on Sunday afternoon, October 11, both at home.
Emmy Belding started things off in the fourth minute against the Lady Techsters, heading in a long free kick by Jessica Ingram. Roxy Kamal then put a rocket in from distance in the 16th minute, and after the visitors pulled one back through a late first-half penalty kick, Kamal assisted on an insurance tally by Kelsey Lord to seal the result at 76:27.
Against New Mexico State, Belding took a game- and career-high six shots, with three on goal, as the Spartans out-shot the Aggies, 21-11, but could not score through 110 minutes of soccer. Nina Butera made three saves for her fifth shutout of the season, matching the school record, and 10th of her career.
San Jose State remained in the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region poll for a second straight week, still in the No. 10 spot, when the latest installment was released on Tuesday, October 13. The Spartans are rated regionally for the first time this decade. The NSCAA is divided into eight regions in 2009, including both Pacific and West. The West includes the Western Athletic Conference, West Coast Conference and Big West Conference, while the Pacific consists of the Pacific-10 Conference, Mountain West Conference and Big Sky Conference.
San Jose State has gone unbeaten in nine consecutive games for the first time in program history. The Spartans previously had a five-match unbeaten run in their 14-plus years, back in 2006, with a scoreless draw at Utah State sprinkled in between four league triumphs. They have gone 7-0-2 over their last nine, playing to a 1-1 tie at Sacramento State (10/4) to conclude a school-record six-game win streak, and a scoreless home draw with new Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State (10/11).
With its results at Lafayette, Howard and Hawai'i, San Jose State also took three successive road matches for the first time since 2005. That year, the Spartans won at Louisiana Tech, 4-0 (October 16), at Fresno State, 1-0 (October 28), and against Nevada, 2-0 (November 4), at the WAC Tournament in Boise, Idaho. The current four-match road unbeaten stretch is their longest since a five-gamer in 1999.
KAMAL NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Roxy Kamal was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of October 5-11. It was her second weekly WAC award of the season, and the third for the Spartans. She scored the game-winner early, the first of her career, and assisted on the insurance goal late, in a 3-1 home win over Louisiana Tech on Friday night, October 9.
San Jose State, currently at 7-4-2 overall, is above the .500 mark through 13 games for the first time since opening the 1999 campaign at 8-4-1. The Spartans have been at .500 or above at this point in the season just four other times in its 15-year history, in 1999, 1997 (7-5-1), 1996 (8-5) and 1995 (8-5).