Women's soccer plays three away after splitting a pair of matches at home

Head coach Tamie Grimes and
the Spartans will play in five straight
road games.
SJSU at Saint Mary’s – Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4:00 p.m. at Moraga, Calif.
SJSU at Idaho- Friday, Sept. 27, 3:00 p.m. at Moscow, Idaho.
SJSU at Gonzaga – Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. at Spokane, Wash.

SJSU at Tulsa - Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. at Tulsa, Okla.
SJSU at Rice – Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. at Houston Tex.

The Spartans (2-5) opened tournament play with a thrilling 3-2-overtime victory over the University of Vermont. The team was led in the winning effort by Jessica Korpela -game winning goal- and Vanessa Afonso, two goals and an assist. In Sunday’s contest, however, the team struggled against UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos out shot the Spartans 24-9 for the game, with San Jose State attempting only two shots in the first half.

"We failed to come out with the same intensity against Santa Barbara as we did versus Vermont," said Spartan coach Tamie Grimes. "We can’t afford to have lapses with in the game and expect to beat a team the caliber of Santa Barbara."

Starting with the Tuesday, Sept. 24 game at St. Mary’s the Spartans will endure a five game 12-day road trip ending on Sunday Oct. 6 in Houston against Rice.

The third annual adidas Bay Area Classic concluded this past Sunday, Sept. 22 with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos taking home first place honors. The Gauchos did not concede a goal in the two game tournament, dominating Nevada on Friday 6-0, followed up by a 3-0 shut out of San Jose State in Sunday’s contest. Second and third place finishes went to San Jose State and Nevada respectively. Both teams went 1-1 with a defeat to UC Santa Barbara and a victory over last place Vermont. Due to a goal differential tiebreaker, however, the Spartans claimed second place.

Similar to the Spartans the Gaels of Saint Mary’s are also struggling early on in the season. Through their first seven games the Gaels have a record of 2-4-1. On Sunday Sept. 22 the team picked up their second win with a 2-1 victory over Sacramento State. Also similar to San Jose State the Gaels have played a difficult pre-season schedule, including two loses to Big Ten schools Purdue and Ohio State, along with a lose to Stanford and a tie with California. Junior Lucianne Crenshaw and sophomore Sara Burgess lead the team in goals and points. Both players have recorded two goals, with Crenshaw leading the team in points with eight, followed by Burgess with seven.

When the Spartans travel to Moscow on Sept. 27 for their game against Idaho, it will be only the second home game of the season for the Vandals. Idaho (2-5) has had to play six of their first seven games on the road, where they are 1-5, including a 2-1 overtime lose at the University of San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Vandals have been more than doubled in the shot department, giving up 139, while taking only 60. The Vandals’ Adriane Kehl leads the team with six points on the season; she is tied with two other players with two goals apiece.

Currently the Zags have a 3-4 record, and are coming off an 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Washington State, Sunday, Sept. 22 at Pullman. With the loss Gonzaga falls to 1-2 vs. Pac-10 opponents this season, having already lost to Oregon State and defeating Oregon. When scouting the Zags, attention is focused on two key underclassman, sophomore Annie Hawkins and freshman Heidi Jacobson. Hawkins has collected a team high four goals and eleven assists, while Jacobson has tallied three goals early on for her team. Gonzaga’s next game will be Friday, Sept. 27 when they host Idaho State.

The Spartans have yet to beat the Gaels in three previous matches. Last season the Spartans suffered a 5-0 loss at home against Saint Mary’s. The two other matches were both 1-0 losses with the match in 2000 ending in double-overtime in Moraga.

This will be the first meeting between the teams.

The Bulldogs have not won a game in four tries against San Jose State. Last season the Spartans beat Gonzaga, 3-1, in the second match of the adidas Bay Area Classic at Spartan Stadium. This will be the first game the Spartans have played at Gonzaga in the short history of the program.

After UC Santa Barbara’s Krystal Sandza scored three goals in the first game of the adidas Bay Area Classic, San Jose State’s own Vanessa Afonso was close to recording the second hat trick of the night. Afonso scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into the half. Vermont eventually tied up the game sending it to overtime. Once in the first overtime, Afonso came close to nailing her third goal and the win. In the second overtime Afonso sent the ball to Jessica Korpela on a soft touch pass to set up the winning goal. Afonso finished the night with two goals and an assist.

Five Spartans have goals so far this year. Junior Mariko Yoshihara still leads the team with three goals, but is being pressured by Vanessa Afonso. Six Spartans have notched an assist this year. Emily New and Alaina Chandler each have two so far.