Women's Soccer Heading Down Stretch Of MW Play In First Place
Oct. 17, 2017
SJSU HEADING DOWN THE STRETCH IN FIRST PLACE
Three regular-season matches remain for the first-place San José State women's soccer team. This is the final full week of league play with the Spartans traveling to Colorado College on Friday and returning home Sunday to host Air Force. Both matches can be seen live on the Mountain West Network.
San José State (9-5-1, 6-1-1 MW) at Colorado College (5-7-4, 2-4-2 MW)
Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (MT)
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Series: SJSU leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: The Spartans defeated Colorado College 3-1 last season on Oct. 23 at home.
Trend: SJSU has won all three meetings dating back to the 2014 season.
San José State (9-5-1, 6-1-1 MW) vs. Air Force (7-5-3, 4-1-3 MW)
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Spartan Soccer Complex (400)
San Jose, Calif.
Series: SJSU leads, 5-1-1
Last Meeting: The Spartans defeated Air Force last season, 3-1, on Oct. 21 on the road.
Trend: The Spartans have won three in a row and are unbeaten versus Air Force in six straight matches.
SPARTANS STREAKING AGAIN
San José State swept last weekend with a 2-0 win over Nevada and a thrilling 3-2 victory over UNLV. The Spartans are currently riding a four-match unbeaten streak that includes three straight wins. SJSU went on a five-game winning streak earlier in the year and is currently 8-1-1 in the last 10 matches. It is the best 10-match stretch since 2009 when the team went 8-0-2 as part of a school-record 14-game unbeaten streak.
SJSU COMES BACK TO BEAT UNLV, 3-2
The Spartans found themselves in a 2-0 hole against UNLV last Sunday, but that hole wasn't deep enough. Darriell Franklin converted a penalty kick, Jennifer Orozco netted an equalizer and then Franklin buried the game-winner in the 83rd minute to put the Rebels away. Meanwhile, the Spartans defense limited UNLV - the Mountain West's top offense - to just two shots in the second half and only one on goal.
Kristen Amarikwa WINS MW DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After shutting out Nevada and limiting UNLV to just seven shots last week, Kristen Amarikwa was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. The seven shots from UNLV were a season-low and Amarikwa helped clamp down on the Rebels during the final seven minutes while SJSU held its 3-2 lead. Amarikwa is the fourth Spartan to earn MW player of the week honors, the most in the conference this season.
HOPPIUS MOVING UP THE RECORD BOOKS
Spartan senior Dorthe Hoppius is two shots away from becoming the all-time leader at San José State. With 201 shots in her career she is one behind Stacie Savage's all-time mark of 202 which she reached in the 1997 season. Hoppius is also fourth all-time with 55 career points and tied for third all-time with 22 goals.
ONE SHUTOUT AWAY FROM THE RECORD
With six shutouts this season San José State is one away from tying the single-season record of seven which the team set in each of the last two seasons. Last Friday's 2-0 result over Nevada is the most recent shutout, with the others coming against: Eastern Washington, Cal Poly, Saint Mary's, Colorado State and San Diego State.
SUCCESS IN CONFERENCE PLAY
San José State's fourth-year head coach Lauren Hanson has the most conference wins in program history with 26. The previous leader was Jeff Leightman who finished with 21 conference wins in six seasons. San José State currently has 21 Mountain West wins dating back to the 2015 season, the most of any team in the league.