THIS WEEK - SPARTANS CLOSE OUT 2007 REGULAR SEASON
The San Jose State University women’s soccer team closes out the 2007 regular season with a pair of home games inside Spartan Stadium, against Western Athletic Conference opponents University of Idaho on Friday, November 2, and Boise State University on Sunday, November 4, on Senior Day. San Jose State needs just a tie from these final two matches, in order to clinch a berth in the 2007 WAC Tournament, to be held in Boise, Idaho, November 8-11.
Both contests will be played as part of doubleheaders with the Spartan men. On Friday evening, the women will lead off against Idaho at 5:00 p.m., followed immediately by the men in action against conference foe Air Force. On Sunday afternoon, the men will host Denver at 1:00 p.m., with the women facing Boise State on Senior Day at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Jessica Scott continues to lead the team in goals (6), points (13), shots (54), shots on goal (14) and game-winning goals (3). Senior tri-captain Kristin Krale broke the school record with her 79th career start at Utah State last Sunday, October 28. She has not missed a game in four years.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (4-12-2, 2-3 WAC)
vs. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (4-11-1, 0-4-1 WAC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 5:00 P.M.
vs. BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (8-5-3, 4-0-1 WAC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 3:30 P.M.
SAN JOSE STATE (4-12-2, 2-3 WAC) vs. IDAHO (4-11-1, 0-4-1 WAC)
(SJSU Leads Series, 2-0-1)
Idaho has lost eight of its past nine games, including three in a row since a scoreless tie at Louisiana Tech on October 14. The Vandals had won three of their first four matches to start the season. They are currently led by freshman forward Jennifer Hull with six goals and 13 points. Anna Edmonds, another freshman forward, has five goals. Junior Britta Rustad has a team-best four assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Sandman is a two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Week this season with a 1.87 goals-against-average and five shutouts. She is tied with the Spartans’ Nina Butera for the WAC lead in saves (86) and saves per game (5.73).
The Spartans are 2-0-1 all-time against Idaho, including 1-0 in San Jose. In the lone previous meeting between the teams in San Jose, the Spartans produced a 2-0 shutout victory on October 9, 2005. Liz Behlen and Jennifer Guadagnolo provided the goals for San Jose State on either side of halftime, with Behlen also assisting on Guadagnolo’s score. Pete Showler is now 7-44-3 overall in his third season as the Idaho head coach.
SAN JOSE STATE (4-12-2, 2-3 WAC) vs. BOISE STATE (8-5-3, 4-0-1 WAC)
(BSU Leads Series, 3-2-2)
Boise State is coming off a 3-2 home win over Nevada on Sunday, October 28, with the game-winner coming from freshman sensation Shannon Saxton at the 82:20 mark. Saxton, a three-time WAC Offensive Player of the Week in this, her first season of collegiate soccer, leads the conference with 15 goals scored. She has also assisted on five other scores for 35 total points. The assist on the Nevada game-winner came from senior midfielder Erin Wofford, who is second behind Saxton on the team points chart with 13 from four goals and five assists. Sophomore Jennifer Burns and senior Michaela Morrison have both seen time in goal for Boise State.
Boise State currently holds a slim 3-2-2 edge in the all-time season series with San Jose State. The Spartans are 2-1 against the Broncos in San Jose, however, including a 3-0 shutout victory in last year’s meeting on October 6, to begin the 2006 WAC slate. Nicole Irwin scored the first two goals and assisted on Jackie Zabek’s third. The last time that San Jose State faced Boise State, the Spartans eliminated the Broncos from the 2006 WAC Tournament via a penalty kick tiebreaker following a scoreless draw through 110 minutes of soccer in Reno, Nev. Boise State is led by eighth-year head coach Steve Lucas, now with an overall record of 61-69-16. The Broncos first play at Hawai’i on Friday, November 2, before arriving in San Jose.
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.
WAC TOURNAMENT PICTURE
San Jose State is currently 4-12-2 overall and 2-3 in conference play with six points. Tied with Nevada for fifth place, the Spartans need just a tie from their two games this weekend, in order to clinch a spot in the six-team WAC Tournament in Boise, Idaho, November 8-11. A win in either contest will lock up the fifth seed for San Jose State. The Spartans are guaranteed of having to play an opening-round game on Thursday, November 8, should they earn a berth, and can move up into no higher than a No. 5 seed at the event.
Idaho would need to win both in San Jose on Friday night and in Hawaii on Sunday, plus have either Boise State knock off San Jose State or Fresno State defeat Nevada on Sunday, with both of those teams on the road, in order to make its first trip to the WAC Tournament. Current league leader Boise State, along with Fresno State, Hawai’i and Utah State, are all assured of a spot in the event, with all four squads still vying for one of two Thursday byes. Louisiana Tech has been eliminated, and will conclude its 2007 season at Utah State on Saturday, November 3.
2007 SENIOR DAY
Eight seniors, all of whom were part of fourth-year San Jose State head coach Dave Siracusa’s first freshman class in 2004, will be honored in a special ceremony prior to the Boise State contest on Sunday, November 4, with kick-off slated for approximately 3:30 p.m. following the Spartan men’s game. Those eight seniors are Nicole Irwin, Kristin Krale, Kelly Madej, Erica Ng-Pinkerton, Heather Oranje, Heidi Romswinckel-Guise, Tasha Van Dixhorn and Jackie Zabek. Krale, Romswinckel-Guise and Zabek have served as team tri-captains this season. Krale and Zabek have not missed a game in four years, each appearing in 79 games through Sunday, October 28. Krale broke the all-time school record with her 79th career start at Utah State.
LAST TIME OUT: SPARTANS SPLIT ON THE ROAD
San Jose State earned its second victory away from home of the 2007 season with a 1-0 shutout over Louisiana Tech on Friday, October 26. Jessica Scott scored her team-leading sixth goal unassisted at the 48:06 mark, and the Spartans hung on the rest of the way to remain undefeated all-time against the Lady Techsters in three meetings. Nina Butera made three saves for the second individual shutout of her college career. The teams combined for just 10 shots.
Stopping over in Logan, Utah, on their way back home, the Spartans suffered a 4-0 defeat at Utah State on Sunday, October 28, allowing a pair of goals in each half. Butera had five saves. Danielle Drago had three shots off the bench to match her career high and lead the Spartans. Kristin Krale broke the all-time school record with her 79th career start.
KRALE GOES TO TOP OF RECORD BOOK
Senior tri-captain Kristin Krale moved to the top of the all-time school listing with her 79th career start at Utah State on Sunday, October 28. She has not missed a game in her career.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR 2007 WAC TOURNAMENT
Tickets for the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament went on sale to the public on Monday, October 1. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Boise State Athletics Ticket Office at (208) 426-4737, or on-line at www.idahotickets.com. Tickets can be purchased as either an all-session pass or as single-session tickets. Prices for all-session passes are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children (5-12). Prices for single-session tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children (5-12). All seats are general admission. Parking is included.
WAC TO STREAM SOCCER TOURNAMENT
The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its website partner, JumpTV Sports, has announced it will stream all of the matches of the 2007 WAC Soccer Tournament. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. All five matches can be seen on WAC.tv by accessing the soccer tournament package for a one-time price of $9.95. The championship game will be played at 1:00 p.m. (MT) on Sunday, November 11. More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.