Women's soccer looks for two in a row against USF

THIS WEEK:
SJSU vs. San Francisco – Friday, Sept. 6, 7;00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium

UPCOMING GAMES:
SJSU at Pacific – Friday, Sept. 13, 7:00 p.m., at Stockton, Calif.
SJSU vs. Washington State – Sunday, Sept. 15, 12:00 p.m., at Spartan Stadium

SAN JOSE STATE:
The Spartans are 1-1 after picking up their first win, a 3-0 shutout, of UC Riverside. Mariko Yoshihara had two goals in the victory, her first multi-goal match of her career.

This year’s squad will be hoping to up their goals per game average from a year ago when the Spartans managed only 1.5 goals per game, to the opposition’s 2.8 per game. Hopefully supplying the scoring punch for the team will be junior Mariko Yoshihara along with junior transfer Rebecca Hidalgo. Yoshihara has already proven her scoring potential with a two-goal performance against UC Riverside. Hidalgo is a highly touted scorer from Pasadena City College.

The Spartans are also counting on another strong year from junior Marie McCann. Last season, McCann was second on the team with a total of 13 points. In the net the Spartans have the option of senior Eryn Meyer or redshirt freshman Erin Lavey.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

University of San Francisco

The Dons come into Friday’s match up with the Spartans carrying a 1-0-1 record for the season. On August 30, USF traveled south where they tied their opening game, 2-2, with UC Santa Barbara. On September 2, San Francisco returned home to defeat Sacramento State, 3-2, in overtime. Rebecca Shook leads the Dons in scoring tallying a goal in each of her first two games. On Sept. 13, San Francisco will be in Honolulu for a match up with UCLA followed on Sept. 14 with a game against Hawaii.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
In the past seven seasons of San Jose State women’s soccer the Spartans and the Dons have met five times with USF holding a 3-2 edge. Two of the five meetings have ended in overtime, including last season when the Dons came away the victors, 2-1, in double overtime.

SPARTAN REWARDED
After recording a complete-game shutout in her first NCAA start, freshman goalkeeper Erin Lavey was recognized as the Western Athletic Conference "Defensive Player of the Week" a. Lavey, a native of Pleasanton, earned the shutout in Monday’s 3-0 win at UC Riverside. Lavey recorded 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 UCR.

"She had such an incredible game and was so focused and intense," noted Spartan head coach Tamie Grimes. " I’m excited she won this award and hope she can continue to play like this the rest of the season."

RECENT GAMES
After falling 4-0 in their season opener last Friday at Loyola Marymount, the Spartans women’s soccer team rebounded with a 3-0 shutout Sunday at UC Riverside. Senior forward Emily New scored for the Spartans and junior midfielder Mariko Yoshihara scored twice in the second half to secure San Jose State University women’s soccer team’s first win of the season.

San Jose State junior Jeane Sunseri created the team’s first scoring chance with a good takeaway just over ten minutes into the match. Sunseri stole the ball from a Highlander defender then found forward Alaina Chandler who passed it to a streaking Emily New. New tucked the ball into the left post past UCR (0-1) goalkeeper Katie blank for a 1-0 lead.
The game remained scoreless for the next 70 minutes until New found an open Yoshihara breaking away and with a perfect pass. Yoshihara beat the UC Riverside goalkepper for a 2-0 Spartan advantage.

Yoshihara’s second and the games final goal of the match came with under a minute to play. She stole the ball from the Highlander goalkeeper and directed the ball into the open net.

Redshirt freshman Erin Lavey, making her first start in a Spartan uniform, denied all Highlander shots on goal picking up her first career win and shutout.


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