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The first-place San Jose State University women’s soccer team plays just one game this week, against defending Western Athletic Conference regular-season champion University of Hawai’i. The Spartans fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday, October 21, and take on the Rainbow Wahine on Sunday, October 22, at 5:00 p.m. HST at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium. The Spartans will return from Hawai’i on Monday, October 23, and begin preparations for Fresno State’s visit to Spartan Field on Senior Day on Friday, October 27. The rival Bulldogs are currently second in the WAC standings with the full nine points from their first three games, sitting one point behind San Jose State with a game in hand. Hawai’i is fourth with six points.
at UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I (8-7-2, 2-2 WAC)
WAIPIO PENINSULA SOCCER STADIUM, HONOLULU, HAWAII
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 5:00 P.M. HST
SAN JOSE STATE (6-8-2, 3-0-1 WAC) at HAWAI’I (8-7-2, 2-2 WAC)
(UH Leads Series, 6-4-1)
The Rainbow Wahine are coming off a 2-1 home loss to Utah State on Monday, October 16, a game which was postponed from Sunday due to the earthquake in Hawaii. Hawai’i is 2-5 since a 6-2-2 start to the year. The Rainbow Wahine went 2-1-2 in five straight overtime games in September. Hawai’i is 6-3-1 at home this season.
Taryn Fukuroku leads Hawai’i in most offensive categories. She is the WAC leader in shots (63), points (22) and shots per game (3.71). She is tied with Nevada’s Karen Zmirak for the goals lead (8) and tied with SJSU’s Cristin Murphy for the assists lead (6). Teammate Kelli-Anne Chang has 16 points from seven goals and two assists, with a WAC-high four of those goals of the game-winning variety. Ambree Ako has four goals and four assists. Kori Lu has started all 17 games in goal, posting a 1.00 goals-against-average and five shutouts while making 40 saves.
Hawai’i leads the all-time series between these teams, 6-4-1. The Rainbow Wahine won last year’s game at Spartan Field in San Jose, 2-0, on October 21, 2005. San Jose State is 2-2-1 all-time in Honolulu, with its last win there coming in 1998, by the final score of 3-1.
Hawai’i is coached by Pinsoom Tenzing. In his 13th season in charge of the Rainbow Wahine, he has a record of 109-116-20 and a pair of WAC regular-season titles.
The Hawai’i-San Jose State match will be televised in the Honolulu area on KFVE-TV, with John Fink and Michele Nagamine on the call. Fans outside the region can watch the broadcast via live streaming video at http://www.hawaiiantelmedia.com/, for a single-game fee of $9.95.
FIRST-PLACE SPARTANS OFF TO BEST CONFERENCE START
San Jose State is still alone in first place through the first two weekends of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference season. The Spartans have 10 points from four games. San Jose State is off to its best league start since joining the WAC in 1996. The Spartans are followed closely by rival Fresno State, which has earned the full nine points thus far with a game in hand. Utah State has seven points, also with a game in hand, while Hawai’i is fourth with six points from four games.
LAST WEEK’S ACTION
San Jose State remained undefeated and unscored upon in WAC play with a 0-0 tie at Utah State and a 5-0 home shutout over Louisiana Tech last week.
In their first-ever visit to Logan, Utah, the Spartans played Utah State to a scoreless tie through two overtimes and a total of 110 minutes of soccer. Marissa Dayton eclipsed her career high with 13 saves on the day. Jessica Scott and Heidi Romswinckel-Guise were each credited with three shots for the Spartans. Jennifer Guadagnolo, Hallsie Pacheco and Jackie Zabek added two shots apiece, with both of Zabek’s efforts on goal.
Against Louisiana Tech, San Jose State scored all five of its goals over the first 33 minutes, including a three-goal hat trick by Scott. Dayton and the Spartan defense, anchored in the center by Kristin Krale for a fourth successive game, notched their fourth straight shutout. Scott also added her third assist of 2006, while Nicole Irwin provided one goal and two assists. Zabek had the other goal, on a header from an Irwin free kick. Zabek, Nicole Martinez, Cristin Murphy and Heather Oranje all had assists, with Murphy’s her sixth of the year, coming on Scott’s final goal of the afternoon at the 32:48 mark. Oranje’s was her first collegiate assist.
For the game, San Jose State out-shot Louisiana Tech, 23-3. Twelve of the Spartan shots were on goal. Murphy, Scott and Cynthia Pinkney tallied four shots apiece, with Scott and Pinkney each putting three on goal. Dayton made two first-half saves.
FRESNO STATE HERE ON SENIOR DAY NEXT WEEK
San Jose State will be back for one last home contest for the 2006 season on Senior Day, on Friday, October 27, against the rival Bulldogs of Fresno State. The game will be played on Spartan Field, located at the corner of 10th and Alma streets, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Spartan tri-captains Nicole Martinez, Cristin Murphy and Cynthia Pinkney, the only three seniors on the 2006 roster, will be recognized as they play their final home games at San Jose State. Admission is free.
SCOTT AND DAYTON SWEEP WEEKLY WAC HONORS
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 had a three-goal first-half hat trick in a 5-0 shutout of Louisiana Tech on Sunday, October 15, while Dayton produced a pair of shutouts in league play, making a career-high 13 saves in a scoreless draw at Utah State on Friday, October 13. This marked the first SJSU sweep of the weekly awards since the WAC began naming both an offensive and defensive player of the week in 2002. Scott and Dayton are both first-time honorees.
SHUTOUT STREAK ONGOING FOR SPARTANS AND DAYTON
For the first time in the 12-year history of the San Jose State women’s soccer program, the Spartans have put together four shutouts in a row. SJSU has yet to allow a goal in WAC play thus far on the season, through four league games. The shutout streak has extended to 381 minutes for both the team, as well as individually for redshirt freshman goalkeeper Marissa Dayton.
The 3-0 victory at home over Boise State on October 6, was San Jose State’s first shutout of the 2006 season. It also marked the first collegiate clean sheet for Dayton. Dayton made two critical saves over the 90 minutes. She and the Spartans followed that effort up with a 1-0 shutout at Idaho on October 8, a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Utah State on October 13 which went a total of 110 minutes, and a 5-0 home victory over Louisiana Tech on October 15. Dayton made a career-high 13 saves in the tie at Utah State.