Women's soccer to kick off WAC play in Tulsa

Leading scorer Mariko Yoshihara
looks to add to her goal total
this week.
SJSU at Tulsa – Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. at Tulsa, Oklahoma.
* SJSU at Rice – Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:00 p.m. at Houston, Texas.

SJSU vs. UTEP – Friday, Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
SJSU vs. SMU – Sunday, Oct. 13, 12:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

The Spartans (2-6-2) are looking to turn this season around as the team begins Western Athletic Conference action this week as they conclude a five-game road swing. The Spartans will travel to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane (3-5-1) on Friday before facing Rice (0-6-2) on Sunday. After not recording a win in the last four games, the team is looking to make a move in conference play.

Tulsa University
The Golden Hurricane will be looking for a reversal of fortune heading into Friday’s league opener against the Spartans. Like San Jose State, Tulsa (3-5-1) has struggled in non-conference play. Tulsa returns nine starters from last year’s squad, but so far this season the majority of their scoring production has come from a freshman. Forward Danielle Fauteux has scored seven of her team’s 14 goals. The freshman needed only two games to score six of her seven goals, posting hat tricks against Arkansas-Little Rock and Drury. The Golden Hurricane also have help in the scoring department with two goals each from freshman Jamie German and senior Julie Twellman. Most recently, the Golden Hurricane suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 29.

Rice University
No team in the conference will be coming into WAC play hoping for a change of luck more than the Rice Owls. Through their first eight games of the year the Owls (0-6-2) have been unable to put a dent in the win column. The 2002 women’s soccer squad is an extremely youthful one, as 18 members of their 23 women roster are underclassmen. Sophomores Sarah Yoder and Kelly Potysman have supplied seven of the teams nine goals so far this season. Yoder and Potysman, both midfielders, have scored four and three goal respectively. The Owls have been outscored on the season by their opponents 24-9. Rice will host Fresno State on Friday before squaring off with the Spartans that following Sunday.



The Spartans have a 3-1 lead in the brief series between the schools. The Spartans and Golden Hurricane began playing in 1999 with the Spartans winning in Tulsa, 4-1. The next year, Tulsa beat the Spartans in San Jose, 1-0, in conference play, but took a 3-1 loss to San Jose State in the WAC tournament championship game. Last season Tulsa shut out the Spartans, 2-0, at Spartan Stadium.

It was the first-year Rice team that won the lone match between the schools. Rice won, 2-1, in overtime in a game that was tied with seven seconds remaining in regulation after the Spartan’s Kristina Jacob scored directly off a corner kick.

Five Spartans have notched goals so far this season. Junior Mariko Yoshihara leads the team with three goals but hasn’t scored a point in six games, Vanessa Afonso was held scoreless through the first four games before scoring two goals and an assist in the 3-2 win over Vermont. Marie McCann added her second goal of the season in a 1-1 tie at Idaho. As a team, the Spartans have been outscored 19-9 and are being out shot 161-87 in the first ten games.

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos took top honors in the 2002 adidas Bay Area Classic all-tournament team with four selections including the top offensive and defensive individual honors. UC Santa Barbara’s sophomore midfielder Krystal Sandza was awarded the "Golden Boot" award as the tournaments leading scorer. Sandza scored her second hat trick of the season against Nevada in the first game of the tournament on Friday and added one goal in Sunday’s win over San Jose State. Freshman defender Katie Cooper was named the defensive "Most Valuable Player" after anchoring a Gauchos defense that did not allow a single goal in the tournament. Cooper was also able to provide some offensive punch, scoring a goal in Sunday’s match.

The third adidas Bay Area Classic was hosted by San Jose State University at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 22. Besides UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State, Nevada and Vermont also participated.

UCSB – Krystal Sandza Offensive MVP, Katie Cooper Defensive MVP, Jennifer Borcich, Jen Codington,
SJSU – Vanessa Afonso, Jessica Korpela, Alaina Chandler
Nevada – Jessica Gregg
Vermont – Sara Jablonski, Lauren Donagher