Final Home Games Of The Year Coming For Women's Soccer

The San Jose State women’s soccer team plays its final two home games of the regular season Friday and Sunday in two key Western Athletic Conference matchups. Friday, New Mexico State visits for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff as the nightcap of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The Spartans honor 10 outgoing seniors Sunday in a pregame ceremony before taking on Louisiana Tech at noon.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-10-1, 1-1-1 WAC)
Friday vs. New Mexico State (8-6-2, 1-2-1 WAC), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday vs. Louisiana Tech (8-5-4, 1-3 WAC), Noon
LIVE STATS Live stats are available free of charge on www.sjsuspartans.com for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page and select the game by clicking on the camera icon.  Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section of the women's soccer home page.
SPARTANS TICKETS Tickets to all home women’s soccer games are available at the gate starting one hour before kickoff. Fans can also call the San Jose State Spartans Ticket Office for advance group purchases by calling 408-924-SJTX.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE The Spartans (3-10-1, 1-1-1 WAC) earned their first draw of the season on Oct. 16 with a 1-1 result at Hawaii. The tie earned the first points on the road for the Spartans this year, and was the first WAC game at home in 2011 Hawaii failed to win outright. SJSU sits in a tie with New Mexico State for fifth place in the WAC with four points and four conference games to play.
Kelsey Lord is the team’s leading scorer with four goals and three assists for 11 points. Lord is also the team’s top shooter with 26 shots and 10 on goal. Senior midfielder Lauren Sanchez is the team’s other multiple-goal scorer with two on the year. Goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald has logged over 1,200 minutes in goal this season, posting a team-high 74 saves and a 1.78 goals against average.
SERIES HISTORY San Jose State leads the short all-time series against New Mexico State, 1-0-1. The teams began playing each other in 2009. The Spartans won last season’s matchup 2-1 in Las Cruces, N.M. The inaugural meeting between the two programs ended in a 0-0 tie at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans hold a 4-1-1 advantage over Louisiana Tech all-time in a series that began in 2005. The Lady Techsters got their first win over San Jose State last season with a 5-4 overtime victory in Ruston, La. SJSU won the first three meetings by a combined score of 10-0. The Spartans are 2-0-1 in the series as the home team.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE The Aggies (8-6-2, 1-2-1 WAC) have played in two straight overtime games, going 1-0-1 with a 2-1 win over Nevada on Oct. 9 and a 1-1 tie versus Idaho on Oct. 14. That two-game streak broke another stretch where the Aggies were 1-4, the only win coming against NAIA member Embry-Riddle, 7-0. In its four previous losses, New Mexico State was outscored by a total of 10-0.
Yolanda McMillion leads the Aggies in scoring with 13 points (five goals, three assists). Katie Smith has also scored five goals for the team, and has an assist for a total of 11 points. McMillion is New Mexico State’s most prolific shooter, taking aim 40 times this year with 21 on goal. Erin Wosick has made 53 saves and holds a 1.00 goals against average in over 1,100 minutes of work in goal this season.
ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH The Lady Techsters (8-5-4, 1-3 WAC) have followed a 3-0-1 stretch from late September into October with a three-game losing streak. Louisiana Tech has lost three straight WAC matches by a combined score of 7-3. The team began the season at 5-1-3 and has posted a league-leading 10 shutouts in 2011.
Olivia Lukasewich leads the Lady Techsters with six goals and an assist (13 points), while Scotti Culton has helped power the offense with three goals and six assists (12 points). The team is second in the conference in assists with 23, behind Fresno State, whom they’ll face Friday. Goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke, a two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Week this season, has posted eight shutouts, made 57 saves and holds a 0.75 goals against average.
SENIOR DAY A total of 10 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony before Sunday’s game against Louisiana Tech. Stephanie Bales, Maria Esquivias, Shanelle Furner, Michelle Haughey, Kelsy Holm, Jessica Ingram, Meghan Maiwald, Amanda Martin, Lauren Sanchez and Angela Santoro will all be among those honored Sunday.
FOLLOWING A WINNING PATTERN San Jose State has begun the WAC season the same way it did in 2010 when it won the regular season championship – with a 1-1-1 record. Last year’s 1-1-1 start included a 1-1 tie against Hawaii, as does this season’s. In 2009 when the Spartans won its first regular season title, the team started 2-0-1.
ONE AND DONE IN OCTOBER The Spartans have not allowed more than one goal to an opponent in any of their four games this month. The team holds a 0.71 goals against average and has made 17 saves while holding opponents to 12 shots per game. SJSU has outscored opponents 6-3 in October. 
FALLING GOALS AGAINST Senior goalkeeper Meghan Maiwald has tightened her lock on opponents’ scoring opportunities in the last three games. Maiwald has dropped her season goals against average from 2.17 to 1.78. She has posted a 0.77 goals against average in 348 minutes, 45 seconds minding the net during that stretch with 17 saves and a combined shutout of Dominican on Oct. 4.
PLAYING THEM CLOSE Of the Spartans’ 10 losses this season, five of them have come by one goal, including three straight one-goal setbacks to open the season. SJSU has been involved in seven one-goal games this year, holding a 2-5 record in those matches. 11 of the Spartans’ 14 games have been decided by two goals or less.
SPREADING THE SCORING 10 different players have scored at least one of the Spartans’ 14 goals this season. Kelsey Lord leads the way with four tallies, her most recent coming in the form of a game-winner against Dominican on Oct. 4. Catherine Ruder scored her first collegiate goal on Aug. 26 against No. 13 UC Irvine, and McColl Matthews got her first collegiate score Sept. 9 at CSU Bakersfield. Jessica Ingram tallied a goal Aug. 28 at UC Riverside, while Shanelle Furner and Kelsy Holm both notched scores Sept. 6 against UC Davis. Lauren Sanchez got on the board with a goal Sept. 18 against Portland State, and scored again on Oct. 16 at Hawaii. Kayla Santacruz tallied a game-tying goal against Idaho on Oct. 2. Abigail Hernandez netted her first collegiate goal and Megan Molina got her first of the season against Dominican (Calif.) on Oct. 4.
ASCENDING THE CAREER RANKS Kelsey Lord and Meghan Maiwald have already made moves in the Spartans’ career records list early in 2011, and the two are poised to continue climbing. Lord’s 11 points this season has pushed her career total to 55, allowing her to claim sole possession of third place in career points at SJSU, passing Julie Brum (45), who played from 1997-2000. Lord’s four goals this season have also moved her into third all-time in career goals at SJSU with 19.   Maiwald’s 74 saves so far this season has given her 170 in her career, allowing her to pass Erin Meyer (156) and move into fifth all-time. Next in Maiwald’s view is Erin Lavey, who recorded 221 saves from 2002-05.
ONE MORE FOR LORD With one more assist, Kelsey Lord (17 career assists) will break the career assists record at San Jose State with 18. Lord recorded three assists her freshman year and a single-season record 11 last season. Her three helpers this year have tied her for the all-time career record at San Jose State with Michelle Vargas (1995-96).
MORE RECORD PACE FOR MAIWALD Maiwald’s solo shutout of Portland State Sept. 18 was the seventh of her career, tying her for third all-time with Adrienne Herbst, who had seven jobs from 2003-05. Her combined shutout on Oct. 4 against Dominican with teammate Gladis Covarrubias gave her eight total shutouts in her career, third all-time at San Jose State. Maiwald’s predecessor Nina Butera (2007-09) is second with 10 career combined shutouts.
BYE, BYE, BYE For the first time in program history, the Spartans are beginning their WAC schedule with three straight one-game weeks. A single-game week gives the team a bye from the regular two-game weekend schedule. With eight teams in the conference in 2011, the Spartans will play seven WAC opponents on three single-game weeks and two two-game weeks. All three of the Spartans’ weeks in which they play a single game against a WAC opponent lined up at the opening of the conference slate.
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK The Spartans’ first player of the week recognition of 2011 came when senior Lauren Sanchez was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18.
Sanchez, a midfielder from San Jose, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty HS), scored the lone goal in the Spartans’ 1-0 victory over Portland State, Sept. 18. The goal, which came in the 70th minute, allowed the Spartans to capture their first win of the season. The goal was Sanchez’s first of the season. 
HEAD COACH JEFF LEIGHTMAN Jeff Leightman is in his fourth season leading the San Jose State women’s soccer program. Leightman has collected a 31-34-10 record at the helm of the Spartans while winning back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular season titles in 2009-10.
UP NEXT The Spartans travel to co-preseason WAC favorite Utah State on Friday, Oct. 28, and WAC rival Nevada on Sunday, Oct. 30, for their final two games of the regular season. Both games kick off at 2 p.m. Pacific.