Women's soccer hosts weekend adidas Bay Area Classic

Head coach Tamie Grimes
is looking for a win this weekend.
adidas Bay Area Classic
Friday, September 20
UC Santa Barbara vs. Nevada – 5:00 p.m.
SJSU vs. Vermont – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 22
Nevada vs. Vermont– 11:00 a.m.
SJSU vs. UC Santa Barbara – 1:30 p.m.

SJSU at Saint Mary’s – Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m.
SJSU at Idaho – Friday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m.

The Spartans (1-4-0) are looking for a reversal of fortune this weekend after losing three consecutive matches. The Spartans have played some tough opponents so far this season. The four teams to beat the Spartans have a combined 18-2-1 record. San Jose State has just five games left before the beginning of Western Athletic Conference action. With many conference opponents struggling to find their strides, the Spartans would like to have the confidence of a few wins heading into WAC play.

"I feel it had nothing to do with our preparation I think it’s a mental block we need to get over," notes head coach Tamie Grimes. "We are in great physical shape, the team is tough in practice and seem to play better than the opponent. The team needs to realize that they can win and challenge themselves to make it happen no matter what the score is."

San Jose State women’s soccer is hosting the third adidas Bay Area Classic this weekend. The first inception of the tournament saw California, Stanford and Santa Clara in 2000. Last season the field included Pacific, Gonzaga and Northeastern. This year fellow Western Athletic Conference member Nevada joins UC Santa Barbara and Vermont in the classic.

The Wolfpack (2-4-1) secured the team’s second win of the season against Eastern Washington in the final game of the Wolfpack Classic this past weekend. The team opened the season with three consecutive losses before beating Southern Utah at home. The Wolfpack’s two wins were both at home and the team is 0-2 on the road so far. The opposition has outscored Nevada 16-5. Just three players have goals on the season with Annie Baxter and Kaula Rowe each with two goals and Elana Graham with one.

UC Santa Barbara
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (2-2-1) were looking for the team’s third straight win before being blanked by Oregon State, 2-0, at home this past weekend. The Gauchos had back-to-back wins against TCU and Liberty prior to meeting the Beavers. This will be just the second non-home game the team will have this season. The Gauchos have three players with multiple goals this season. Jennifer Borcich and Krystal Sandza each have four goals and Erin Griswold has two. Sandza recorded a hat trick against TCU.
2-2-2 SJSU Women’s Soccer

Vermont earned its first victory of the season with a 3-2 win over Fairfield at the ECAC Women’s Soccer Classic on Cape Cod this past weekend. Freshman forward Jamie Koehnlein scored her third goal in five games in the win over Fairfield and leads the team in scoring with six points overall. This will be the second straight tournament and third of the season for Vermont and is the second trip to California for the UVM women’s soccer program in its history. In November of 1985, UVM traveled to Santa Barbara, California to compete in the Nike Cup.

The Gauchos hold a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series between the schools. Last season, the Gauchos won in San Jose, 3-1. Before 2001, the teams met four straight seasons from 1995-98, but did not meet in 1999 or 2000. Santa Barbara is 2-1 at Spartan Stadium.

This will be the first meeting between the schools.

Defensive Player of the Week-
Aug. 26-Sept. 2: Erin Lavey, FR. GK After recording a complete-game shutout in her first NCAA start, freshman goalkeep Erin Lavey was recognized with the Western Athletic Conference "Defensive Player of the Week" award. Lavey, from Pleasanton, Calif., earned the shutout in Monday’s 3-0 win at UC Riverside. In just her second appearance and first start, Lavey had a .667 goals against average in 135:00 of play this weekend. She allowed one goal in relief in a 4-0 loss to Loyola Marymount on Saturday, but earned the start on Monday and pitched a shutout against UC Riverside.

The Spartans are looking to spread the offense around and create multiple scoring threats to keep the opposing defense on their toes. So far this season four players have notched a goal, but just one has scored more than one goal. Junior midfielder Mariko Yoshihara leads the team with three goals scored. Juniors Marie McCann and Rebecca Hildago and senior Emily New each have one goal. Sophomore Alaina Chandler has yet to find the back of the net but has two assists on the season.

San Jose State has faced some strong opponents this season and it is evident in the final score and the team statistics. In five games, the Spartans are dominated by the opposition in most major statistical categories. The team has been outscored (14-6), outshot (90-39) and trail in corner kicks (36-12). Looking at the positive aspects of the team statistics, the Spartans are getting the ball on net. The team is 20-of-39 in getting shots on goal and have a .513 shots on goal percentage while holding the opposition to a .489 shots on goal percentage.