THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS HOST VANDALS, PLAY AT 'RUNNERS
The San Jose State University women's soccer team takes its unprecedented 11-match unbeaten streak into two more matches this weekend. The Spartans first host Western Athletic Conference foe University of Idaho (9-7, 2-3 WAC) on Friday night, October 23. Kick-off inside Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. San Jose State, 8-4-3 overall and 3-0-2 in WAC play, sits in second-place in the latest league standings, two points behind New Mexico State, while the Vandals are in a three-way tie for fifth. The Spartans bus down to Bakersfield, Calif., on Sunday, October 25, for one final non-conference tilt for the 2009 season, against the 'Runners of Cal State Bakersfield (4-9-2). Start time at Main Soccer Field is an earlier 11:00 a.m. San Jose State is 4-2-1 at Spartan Stadium and 4-2-2 away from home in 2009.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (8-4-3, 3-0-2 WAC)
vs. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (9-7, 2-3 WAC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (8-4-3, 3-0-2 WAC)
at CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (4-9-2)
MAIN SOCCER FIELD, BAKERSFIELD, CALIF.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 11:00 A.M.
SJSUSpartans.com is providing free on-line audio coverage, live from Spartan Stadium, for seven matches in 2009. The men's draw with Santa Clara on Sunday, September 27, marked the premiere. The Spartan women make their debut with this Friday's match against Idaho at 7:00 p.m. The Senior Night meeting at 5:00 p.m. with the rival Bulldogs of Fresno State on Friday, October 30, has also been added to the schedule. Former KSJS (90.5 FM) sports director and current Spartan Athletics sports information assistant Shawn Murphy calls the play-by-play. Air time is slated for 15 minutes prior to each kick-off. Please click here to access the broadcasts.
Live stats for all San Jose State home soccer matches are available courtesy of JumpTV and NeuLion at SJSUSpartans.com. Live stats are available for a majority of the team's road contests as well, including this Sunday's match at Cal State Bakersfield, also courtesy of JumpTV and NeuLion. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page, or on Schedule/Results from the women's soccer home page, and access the live stats from there.
SAN JOSE STATE (8-4-3, 3-0-2 WAC) vs. IDAHO (9-7, 2-3 WAC) (SJSU Leads Series, 3-1-1)
Idaho is coming off a 3-1 home victory over Boise State to take the Governor's Cup between the in-state rivals, on Sunday, October 18. The Vandals had dropped three straight games prior to that contest, after winning eight of 10 matches earlier in the year. They are 4-5 away from home this season.
Freshman forward Chelsea Small scored twice against Boise State, including the 59th-minute game-winner, to earn WAC Offensive Player of the Week distinction. She had seven shots, five of them on goal. Small, a San Diego-area product, paces the Vandals with 17 points from seven goals and three assists. Senior teammate Sari Morrison has 15 points from seven goals and one assist, while junior Jennifer Hull has 10 points from four goals and two assists. Sophomore Liz Boyden (1.14 GAA, 66 saves, three shutouts) has seen a majority of the minutes in the Idaho net.
San Jose State leads the all-time series, 3-1-1. The teams have met once each season since Idaho joined the WAC in 2005. They had also played to a 1-1 draw in Moscow, Idaho, on September 27, 2002. Since then, the Spartans have won three times, all in shutout fashion, 2-0 at home in 2005, and 1-0 in Moscow in both 2006 and 2008. The lone Vandal triumph came at Spartan Stadium, 1-0, on November 2, 2007. Last year's meeting, on October 31, was decided by Amanda Martin's first college goal, assisted by Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, at the 28:04 mark. Nina Butera had to make just one save for the shutout.
Pete Showler is in his fifth season in charge at Idaho.
SAN JOSE STATE (8-4-3) at CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (4-9-2) (SJSU Leads Series, 1-0)
Cal State Bakersfield is coming off a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Seattle University last Friday, October 16. The program is currently classified as an NCAA Division I Independent. The 'Runners play at Cal State Northridge on Friday, October 23, before welcoming the Spartans to Main Soccer Field.
The first meeting between these programs came a year ago inside Spartan Stadium, resulting in a 3-0 victory for San Jose State on October 15. Current Spartans Lauren Sanchez, Roxy Kamal and Katie Bonadies all tallied goals on the day. It was the first collegiate goal for Sanchez, just 6:49 into the game.
Nicole Van Dyke is 21-44-8 in her fourth year at Cal State Bakersfield.
SPARTANS KEEP STREAK INTACT THROUGH PAIR OF TOUGH WAC MATCHES ON ROAD
San Jose State produced a win and a tie in a pair of WAC contests away from home last weekend. The Spartans first defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack, 3-1, on Friday night, October 16, trotting out to a 3-0 lead before allowing a late goal. Roxy Kamal, Kelsey Lord and Hallsie Pacheco all scored. Two days later, San Jose State surrendered an 88th-minute equalizer to cancel out an early second-half goal by Emmy Belding, and ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 tie at defending regular-season league champion Utah State.
San Jose State remained in the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region poll for a third straight week, still in the No. 10 spot, when the latest installment was released on Tuesday, October 20. 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 11 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 8-0-3 over their last 11, playing to a 1-1 tie at Sacramento State (10/4) to conclude a school-record six-game win streak, a scoreless home draw with new Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State (10/11), and another 1-1 road tie at defending regular-season league champion Utah State (10/18).
The Spartans eclipsed yet another program record in that match at Utah State, as they have now gone unbeaten in six successive road contests, bettering a five-game stretch away from home in 1999. 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.
San Jose State, currently at 8-4-3 overall, is above the .500 mark through 15 games for the first time since opening the 1999 campaign at 9-5-1. 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 (8-6-1), 1996 (9-5-1) and 1995 (9-6).
IF IT AIN'T BROKE...
San Jose State head coach Jeff Leightman has fielded the exact same starting lineup for each of the past nine matches during this 11-game unbeaten stretch. The Spartan 11 has featured Nina Butera in goal, Michelle Haughey, Jessica Ingram, Brittany Boehm and Angela Santoro left to right along the back, Shanelle Furner, Hallsie Pacheco and Kelsy Holm in midfield, and Emmy Belding, Roxy Kamal and Kelsey Lord up top.
San Jose State has posted a 0.42 goals-against-average over its 11-game unbeaten streak, with Nina Butera in goal for all but 45 minutes of the 1060:34, during which the Spartans have given up only five scores. Junior Danielle Anderson was in the net for the second half of the Howard match. On the year, San Jose State is tied for first in the Western Athletic Conference for least goals allowed, with just 14, is tied for second in shutouts (6), and third in goals-against-average (0.89).
INCREASED GOAL PRODUCTION
San Jose State eclipsed last season's goal total of 17 in 20 matches, in just its ninth game of the 2009 campaign, when a 4-0 home victory over Air Force (9/25) gave the Spartans 19 on the year. They now have 28 in 15 contests, their most since tallying 29 strikes over 21 matches in 2006.
SPARTAN SOCCER SUCCESS!
The San Jose State men's and women's soccer programs have been on a great run of success in recent weeks, combining on 17 games and 73 days of unbeaten activity through Thursday, October 22. Together, the teams are 8-0-3 in the month of October, with the men at a perfect 5-0, and the women at 3-0-3. The women are unbeaten since September 6, at 8-0-3 since then, with the men 5-0-1 since a September 25 loss.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Spartans are an undefeated 8-0-1 when scoring the first of the game this season, with the lone tie occuring in their most recent match, a 1-1 draw at Utah State on October 18 after Emmy Belding opened the scoring in the 47th minute. Conversely, the team is a winless 0-4-1 when allowing the first goal. San Jose State is 5-0 when finding the back of the net three or more times in a match.
SECRET OF SPARTAN BLUE
San Jose State has played mostly in its road blue kits during its 11-match unbeaten streak. The Spartans' lone loss wearing blue, came against LIU, 2-0, at the USF odwalla Nike Classic on September 6. During this unbeaten stretch, the only time they have worn white, was in the 1-0 home win over Notre Dame de Namur on September 22. Otherwise, it's been all blue, all the time, to the tune of a 7-1-3 mark.
UNBEATEN ON THE...ROAD?
The Spartans incredibly are undefeated in true road tests in 2009, now at 4-0-2. They dropped two games at the University of San Francisco odwalla Nike Classic, 2-1 to Fairfield and 2-0 to LIU, with both games counting as neutral-site contests. The team has since reeled off a school-record six-match unbeaten stretch away from San Jose.
San Jose State goalkeeper Nina Butera is in her fourth season in the Spartan program. The San Jose native currently paces the Western Athletic Conference with a 0.75 goals-against-average, which would shatter her own single-season school record of 1.05 from a year ago. She is also first in shutouts per game (0.38) and second in shutouts (5). Butera was last year's WAC leader in save percentage, when she stopped 59 shots on goal and allowed just 12 of them to reach the back of the net, for a percentage of .831. This season, she is at .859 (61 saves, 10 goals against), second-best in the league. She has started 40 of the 56 matches the Spartans have played over the past three years.