Regular Season Champs Host Fresno State On Senior Day

Oct. 25, 2017

REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS TAKE ON FRESNO STATE ON SENIOR DAY
The San José State women’s soccer team takes on Fresno State this Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the regular season finale. The Spartans will be honoring six seniors with a ceremony before they play the final home match of their careers. If you can’t make it out to the Spartan Soccer Complex, the match will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.

MATCH #18
San José State (10-5-1, 8-1-1 MW) vs. Fresno State (10-5-3, 5-3-2 MW)
Friday, October 27, 2017, 2:30 p.m. (PT)
Spartan Soccer Complex (400)
San Jose, Calif.
 
 
Series: Fresno State leads, 15-8-2
Last Meeting: The Bulldogs beat the Spartans in last year’s regular season finale, 3-2.
Trend: The Spartans and Bulldogs have split their last four meetings down the middle with each team winning one at home and one on the road.
 
 
Still business to take care of friday versus fresno state
The San José State women’s soccer team locked up the Mountain West regular season title last week, but one important match remains for the Spartans this Friday against the rival Fresno State Bulldogs. It’s the regular season finale and that means it’s Senior Day for the Spartans which have six players competing for the final time at home. Get to the Spartan Soccer Complex for the final home match of 2017 with kickoff set for 2:30 and a senior ceremony preceding the start.

SPARTANS GOING FOR NINTH CONFERENCE WIN
Last Sunday's win over Air Force gave the Spartans an 8-1-1 record in Mountain West play. A ninth conference win would set the new single-season program record. The eight wins SJSU currently has ties the record which was set in 2015 when the Spartans were 8-3-0 in Mountain West play and went on to win the conference championship tournament and play in the NCAA Tournament. 
 
WHAT’S AT STAKE FRIDAY
While the regular season championship is all locked up and the Mountain West Tournament looming ahead, the Spartans will not be looking past Friday’s match. First of all it’s Senior Day and San José State will be looking to send its six seniors off the right way in their final home game. Then of course, it’s against the rival Fresno State Bulldogs who beat San José State in last year’s regular season finale. Finally, the Spartans are riding a five-game winning streak and would like to make it six heading into the Mountain West Tournament.
 
MORE ABOUT THE SENIORS
The group of six seniors being honored on Friday have had a tremendous impact on the women’s soccer program in a variety of ways. The group has combined to produce 12 Academic All-Mountain West awards for excellence in the classroom. Dorthe Hoppius, Myia Wilkes and Yaritza Arista have all earned all-conference playing honors during their careers, and Hoppius will leave the program in the top-five of multiple offensive categories. Five of the six seniors were a part of SJSU’s Mountain West Tournament champion team in 2015. Don’t miss the ceremony honoring the group which is scheduled to take place at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Friday at the Spartan Soccer Complex.
 
SPARTANS BEAT AIR FORCE, 3-1; CLINCH MW REGULAR SEASON TITLE
With the 3-1 victory over Air Force San José State clinched the first regular season Mountain West title in program history. The team enters Friday’s regular season finale with an 8-1-1 record in conference play. Winning the title also means the Spartans will host the Mountain West Championship Tournament next season at the Spartan Soccer Complex. After Friday’s match against Fresno State, the Spartans will play at 7:00 p.m. (PT) in the semifinal match of the MW Tournament against the winner of the quarterfinal match between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds.
 
SPARTANS ARE STREAKING, AGAIN
San José State has won five matches in a row for the second time this season. Both five-game winning streaks are part of the team’s 10-1-1 record over the last 12 matches. It’s the best streak since 2009 when the program had a 14-match unbeaten streak and won the Western Athletic Conference regular season title. A win on Friday would match the school-record for consecutive wins which was set during that same stretch in 2009.
 
SIMONEAU EYEING WIN NUMBER 11
Spartans keeper Paige Simoneau enters Friday with a 10-3-1 overall record. Another win would give her the most since Amee Brown won a school-record 12 games as the keeper for the 1999 Spartans. Simoneau also has six shutouts on the year which is two shy of the single-season record set by Zoe Makrigiannis in 2015.