Women's Soccer: Spartans to Meet Stanford in First Round of NCAA Tournament

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    This week
    The San Jose State University women's soccer team meets Stanford University Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Maloney Field on the Stanford campus.

    The winner of Wednesday's game travels to Provo, Utah on Saturday, Nov. 11 for a second round game against BYU.

    About San Jose State
    The Spartans are 10-12-1 overall and finished in fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 3-3-1 record. San Jose State earned the automatic berth from the conference by defeating UTEP, SMU and Tulsa at the WAC Championships, held last week at Fresno State.

    About Stanford
    The Cardinal, ranked 15th in last week's NSCAA Coaches Poll, are 13-5-1 overall. Stanford finished fourth in the Pac-10 standings with a 6-3-0 mark. The Cardinal are making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 11 seasons.

    Series record
    San Jose State trails Stanford in the all-time series, 0-2. Stanford defeated the Spartans, 3-0, on Sept. 24, part of the adidas Bay Area Classic hosted by San Jose State at Spartan Stadium. The other meeting was in 1998, when the Cardinal won 2-0.

    Spartans in the postseason
    San Jose State is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the six year history of the women's soccer program.

    The Spartans have advanced to the Western Athletic Conference Championships each year since joining the conference in 1996, winning the conference tournament this year for the first time after being eliminated in the semifinals the past four years. San Jose State has a 6-5 record in the WAC Championships.

    WAC Championships recap
    Kristina Jacob was named the Most Valuable Player, and Julie Brum, Eryn Meyer and Brandy Apodoca joined Jacob on the all-tournament team as San Jose State won the WAC Championships, held at Fresno State. The Spartans opened with a 2-0 win over UTEP on Thursday, then upset 18th-ranked SMU 4-2 on Friday. SJSU won the championship with a 3-1 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

    Jackie Ostdiek and Brandy Apodaca each scored a goal in Thursday's victory. Jacob assisted on Ostdiek's goal and Apodaca's goal was unassisted. Meyer recorded her second solo and third overall shutout of the season, making five saves.

    In Friday's game, San Jose State scored twice in the second half to claim the 4-2 win. The two teams traded penalty kicks to start the scoring - with Brum converting her attempt for the Spartans. Both squads then traded goals to end the half, with Karli Silveira scoring on an assist from Brum. Brum gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead on an assist from Cynthia Harrah. Apodaca ended the scoring when she followed her own missed shot and scored. Brum was credited with an assist on the goal.

    Jacob, Silveira and Jolene Keel each scored a goal in Sunday's win. Jennifer Mescher assisted on the last two goals.

    Spartan Player notes :
    Brandy Apodaca (Midfielder, Senior, Pleasanton) - Has started all 23 games for the Spartans this season. Is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points (six goals and four assists). Was named to the Western Athletic Conference all-conference second team, and was a WAC Championships all-tournament team pick. At the WAC Championships, she scored the second goal against UTEP and the final goal in SJSU's 4-2 upset of SMU. She scored the only goal in 1-0 win over Cal Poly on Aug. 29, scored a goal in a 4-0 win at Portland State on Aug. 27 and had a goal in a 3-2 win at Pacific on Sept. 10. Had assists against Hawai'i (1-1 tie on Sept. 28), Nevada (8-1 win on Oct. 1) and Fresno State (2-1 win on Oct. 20). Is tied for the school record for single season games played (23) and games started (23), and is ninth in career games played (64) and eighth in career starts (53)

    Julie Brum (Forward, Senior, San Jose) - Has played in 22 games and started 16 this season. Named to the WAC Championships all-tournament team. Is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points (six goals and four assists). Had two assists in WAC Championships win over SMU. Scored both goals in 2-1 win over Fresno State on Oct. 20. Had a goal and an assist in 8-1 win at Nevada on Oct. 1, scored a goal in 4-0 win over Portland State on Aug. 27 and had the assist in SJSU's 1-0 win over Oregon State on Sept. 13. She is second in the SJSU record book for career assists, with 16, is fourth in career goals scored with 15, and is third in career points with 46.

    Trisha Forni (Goalkeeper, Freshman, Huntington Beach) - Has played in 10 games and started five. Has allowed 11 goals and has 26 saves in 502 minutes. Has a solo shutout over Cal Poly on Aug. 29 (a 1-0 SJSU win) and a combined shutout in a 1-0 win over Oregon State on Sept. 13. She is tied for fifth in the SJSU record book for single season combined shutouts (2) and is tied for second with teammate Eryn Meyer for career combined shutouts, with three.

    Cynthia Harrah (Defender, Freshman, Fresno) - Has played in 18 games and started 12 this season. Started all three games at the WAC Championships. Had an assist in 4-2 upset of SMU at the tournament. Scored her only goal of the year in an 8-1 win at Nevada on Oct. 1.

    Jessica Hernandez (Defender, Sophomore, Milpitas) - Has played in 22 games and started 16 times this season. She has taken two shots and not scored.

    Kristina Jacob (Midfielder, Junior, San Jose) - Has started and played in 21 games this season. She has scored five goals and has two assists. Was the Most Valuable Player and an all-tournament team selection at the WAC Championships. Had an assist in the 2-0 win over UTEP and scored a goal in 3-1 championship game victory over Tulsa. Scored two goals in the season-opener at Oregon (Aug. 25), and scored the lone SJSU goal in a 1-1 tie at Hawai'i (Sept. 28) and a 3-1 loss at TCU (Oct. 13). Her only assist was on Oct. 20 against Fresno State. Is 10th in career games played with 57 and tied for ninth in career starts with 43.

    Jolene Keel (Forward, Senior, Westminster, Colo.) - Has played in 22 games and started 16 this season. Has three goals and two assists. Scored the game-winning goal and had an assist against UTEP (Oct. 6). Scored a goal in a 3-2 win at Pacific (Sept. 10) and scored a goal against Oregon (Aug. 29). Had an assist against Wisconsin (Sept. 4).

    Rosie Madera (Midfielder, Senior, Roseville) - Started and played in all 23 games this season. Scored her only goal in a 1-0 win over Oregon State on Sept. 13. Is tied for first for single season games played and starts. She is second in the SJSU career records in games played with 83 and fifth in career starts with 68.

    Jennifer Mescher (Midfielder, Sophomore, Mission Viejo) - Twin sister of Kristyn Mescher. Has started and played in all 23 games. Has scored two goals and recorded five assists. Had two assists in WAC Championships title game victory against Tulsa. Scored a goal in 3-2 win at Pacific (Sept. 10) and contributed a goal in an 8-1 win at Nevada (Oct. 1). Had two assists in SJSU's 4-0 win at Portland State (Aug. 29), and had one assist in the season-opener at Oregon (Aug. 27) and in the 1-0 win over Cal Poly on Aug. 29. She is fourth in the SJSU record book for career assists, with 13, and is tied for fifth in career game winning goals with four.

    Kristyn Mescher (Defender, Sophomore, Mission Viego) - Twin sister of Jennifer Mescher. Has played in 23 games and started 22 this season. Has one assist, in 2-1 win over UTEP on Oct. 6.

    Eryn Meyer (Goalkeeper, Sophomore, Portland, Ore.) - Played in 20 games and started 18. Was a WAC Championships all-tournament team selection. Has allowed 28 goals and recorded 88 saves in 1,621 minutes. Recorded a solo shutout in 2-0 win over UTEP at WAC Championships. Recorded a solo shutout in her first game as a Spartan, 4-0 at Portland State on Aug. 27. Has a combined shutout in 1-0 win over Oregon State on Sept. 13. She is tied for second for single season saves and is second in the career records with 88 saves. Is second in single season combined shutouts and tied for second in career combined shutouts, with three. Is tied for third in single season and career solo shutouts, with two.

    Alicia Milan (Midfielder, Junior, Tempe, Ariz.) - Has played in four games and not recorded any statistics this season.

    Erica Oatman (Midfielder, Sophomore, Del Mar) - Has played in 20 games and started nine times. Had two assists, at Portland State on Aug. 27 and against Cal Poly on Aug. 29.

    Jackie Ostdiek (Defender, Senior, Fresno) - Has started and played in all 23 games this season. Was a first-team pick on the Western Athletic Conference all-conference team. Scored game-winning goal in 2-0 win over UTEP at the WAC Championships. Scored a goal in 8-1 win at Nevada on Oct. 1. Has one assist at Oregon (Aug. 25) and against UTEP (Oct. 6). She is the SJSU career record holder for games played, with 84, and games started, with 78..

    Kelly Pryor (Forward, Freshman, San Jose) - Has played in 17 games this season. Scored her only goal of the season against Wisconsin on Sept. 4.

    Alana Rainville (Defender, Junior, San Jose) - Has played in eight games this season and not recorded any statistics.

    Karli Silveira (Forward, Senior, Campbell) - Has played in 23 games and started 14. Has scored five goals and has three assists this season. Scored a goal in 4-2 upset of SMU at WAC Championships. Scored two goals and recorded an assist in 4-0 win at Portland State on Aug. 27, and dupicated the effort Oct. 1 in 8-1 victory at Nevada. Also had an assist in 2-1 win at Fresno State on Oct. 20. She is third in the SJSU career records with 16 goals and is tied for fourth for career points with 40. She is tied for third for career game winning goals, with five, and tied for fourth for game winning goals in a season with three.

    Ebony Stone (Forward, Freshman, Long Beach) - Has played in 15 games and started six times, and has not recorded any goals or assists.

    Jeane Sunseri (Forward, Freshman, San Jose) - Has played in 17 games and started five this season. Has scored two goals and recorded two assists. Scored a goal and had an assist in 8-1 win at Nevada on Oct. 1. Scored a goal in 2-1 win over UTEP on Oct. 6. Had an assist at TCU on Oct. 13.

    Mariko Yoshihara (Defender, Freshman, San Jose) - Has played in six games and started once this season. Has one assist, against Nevada on Oct. 1.