THIS WEEK - SPARTANS ON ROAD FOR PAIR OF LEAGUE CONTESTS
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team travelled early Thursday, October 25, to Ruston, La., flying to Dallas, Texas, before taking a bus the remainder of the way. On this, their final road trip of the 2007 regular season, the Spartans will first meet the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech University at Joe Aillet Stadium on Friday night, October 26, before stopping off in Logan, Utah, to face another Western Athletic Conference foe in Utah State University on Sunday afternoon, October 28. The Spartans have not lost to either opponent before.
After the team returns to San Jose, it will host two final regular-season games at Spartan Stadium on Friday, November 2, and Sunday, November 4, on Senior Day.
Jessica Scott continues to lead the team in goals (5), points (11), shots (50), shots on goal (13) and game-winning goals (2). Senior tri-captain Kristin Krale is one game shy of equalling the school record in career starts. She is expected to break the mark at Utah State on Sunday, in what would be the 79th start of her college career. She has not missed a game in her four years.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-11-2, 1-2 WAC)
at LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY (2-11-1, 0-3-1 WAC)
JOE AILLET STADIUM, RUSTON, LA.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7:00 P.M. CDT
at UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (6-10, 2-2 WAC)
CHUCK & GLORIA BELL FIELD, LOGAN, UTAH
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 12:00 P.M. MDT
SAN JOSE STATE (3-11-2, 1-2 WAC) at LOUISIANA TECH (2-11-1, 0-3-1)
(SJSU Leads Series, 2-0)
Louisiana Tech is coming off a pair of road losses in which it allowed four goals in each game. The Lady Techsters were blanked 4-0 at Fresno State on Friday, October 19, and suffered a 4-1 defeat at Nevada on Sunday, October 21. The lone Lady Techster score was an old goal by the Wolf Pack to make it a 2-1 game in the first half.
Louisiana Tech began its season with seven straight losses before back-to-back shutout home wins over in-state rivals Centenary (3-0) and McNeese State (1-0). Their lone WAC point came in a scoreless double-overtime draw, also at home, with Idaho on Sunday, October 14.
Freshman Kiva Greshman leads the team in goals (4), assists (3), points (11) and shots on goal (14). She produced both of LTU’s game-winning goals. Another freshman, Brooke Lanie, is second with three goals scored. Sophomore Tara Gavlak (2.56 GAA, 61 saves, three shutouts) has seen most of the action in goal, and played every minute of LTU’s four league contests.
San Jose State has won both all-time meetings with Louisiana Tech without surrendering a goal, by scores of 4-0 in Ruston, La., on October 16, 2005, and 5-0 inside Spartan Stadium on October 15, 2006, behind a three-goal hat trick by Jessica Scott in the first half. Scott has four career goals against the Lady Techsters, having also tallied the third-minute game-winner in the 4-0 affair, with the remaining goals coming from Kristin Krale, Nicole Irwin and Liz Behlen. The first-year Louisiana Tech head coach is Kevin Sherry.
SAN JOSE STATE (3-11-2, 1-2 WAC) at UTAH STATE (6-10, 2-2 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 1-0-1)
Utah State is coming off a road split in conference play last weekend, having blanked Nevada, 2-0, in Reno, Nev., prior to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Fresno State on Sunday, October 21. The goals against Nevada came from freshman Lauren Hansen in the sixth minute and junior Candice Clark in the 85th. Hansen and senior Dana Peart share the team lead with five goals apiece, including two game-winners each. Peart has also assisted on a pair of scores. Junior Ali Griffin (1.23 GAA, 55 saves, five shutouts) has seen a bulk of the minutes in the Aggie goal.
San Jose State is 1-0-1 against the Aggies, having won 4-2 at Spartan Stadium on October 14, 2005, and played to a scoreless draw through two overtime periods in Logan, Utah, a year ago on October 13, 2006. Liz Behlen scored two of the four Spartan goals in the 2005 meeting, with Kristin Krale also notching a goal as SJSU got out to a 3-0 lead after 50 minutes and cruised.
Utah State is led by fifth-year head coach Heather Cairns, now with an overall record of 39-45-9. The Aggies first host Hawai’i on Friday, October 26, before awaiting the Spartans.
Live stats for all San Jose State home contests held at Spartan Stadium, and most road matches, are available free of charge at sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page.
This week, live streaming video and live stats will be available free of charge for the Louisiana Tech contest on Friday night, October 26, through both sjsuspartans.com and latechsports.com. The video feed can be accessed directly via latechtv.com.
LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS DROP TWO NARROW DECISIONS
San Jose State suffered a pair of 1-0 losses in games played at its alternate facility, Spartan Field, last week, with the deciding goals coming over the final 12 minutes of regulation in both contests. The Spartans first dropped their non-conference finale to UC Davis on a 79th-minute goal last Wednesday, October 17, and then fell to 1-2 in WAC play following an 86th-minute winner by Hawai’i on Sunday, October 21. The Spartans earned a season-high nine corner kicks against UH, including eight in the first half.
SPARTAN LINEUP STREAKS
Five San Jose State players have started all 16 games this year, including the entire three-player backline of Kristin Krale, Heather Oranje and Brittny Beshore that also started all 21 games in 2006. The other two players are senior midfielder Jackie Zabek, like Krale a senior tri-captain, and junior Jennifer Guadagnolo, who has played both midfield and forward in 2007.
Four current Spartans have lengthy streaks intact revolving around games played and started. Krale has started all 77 games the Spartans have played since she arrived on campus, and is two starts away from breaking the all-time school record. She should achieve the feat this Sunday, October 28. Zabek has similarly played in all 77 of those contests since her freshman season in 2004, starting 62 of them, including the last 33 in a row.
Beshore has started the past 52 games dating back to her freshman year in 2005, while Oranje has started all 37 games the past two seasons. Junior forward Jessica Scott had her string of 34 straight starts snapped at Sacramento State (9/7), but returned to the starting lineup at Idaho State (9/21).
CLOSE GAMES, LATE GOALS THE STORY
Ten of San Jose State’s 11 losses this season have been by just one goal, with seven of them by the 1-0 scoreline. In five of those seven, the goal has come in the last 17 minutes of play.