Women's Soccer Faces Boise State In WAC Tourney

This Week:
WAC Soccer Tournament

Thursday - Sunday, November 6-9
Mackay Stadium
Reno, Nevada

SPARTANS TO PLAY IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT: On Thursday, November 6, the San Jose State women’s soccer team begins its quest for the Western Athletic Conference championship as they face Boise State in the quarterfinal round of the WAC Soccer Tournament in Reno, Nevada. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Nevada’s Mackay Stadium.

These two teams met once before in the WAC Tournament.  In 2006, San Jose State and Boise State tied, 0-0, also at Mackay Stadium. The Spartans advanced on penalty kicks, 4-2.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos (10-7-2, 3-3-1 WAC) enter the tournament as the fourth seed.  On Friday, October 31, they hosted and lost, 2-1, to Hawai’i.  On Sunday, November 2, they hosted and defeated the Spartans, 2-1.

The Broncos defense is led by a pair of keepers. Liz Ruiz and Jennifer Burns.  Burns has played in 11 matches, allowed 11 goals, and made 27 saves.  Her goals against average is 1.05 and her save percentage is .711.  Ruiz has allowed nine goals in nine matches.  Her save percentage is .827 and GAA  1.03.

Offensively, the Boise State is led by Shannon Saxton.  She has six goals and eight assists for 20 points, on 50 total shots.  Andrea Huerta has five goals and two assists for 12 points.
 
The match will mark the ninth time the two sides have met.  The Spartans are 2-4-2 in the series.  In the last meeting, the Spartans lost to Boise State, 2-1, in Boise last Sunday.

RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S MATCHES: San Jose State completed its regular season schedule on the road against Idaho and Boise State.  

On Friday, October 31, the Spartans faced the Idaho Vandals on Guy Wicks Field in Moscow, Idaho. 

In a near must-win situation and with a berth in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on the line, the San Jose State women’s soccer team defeated the Vandals, 1-0.  The win improved the Spartans' record to 5-9-4 overall and 2-3-1 WAC.

The win, in combination with a 1-0 Louisiana Tech loss to Utah State, secured San Jose State a spot in the six-team WAC Tournament which begins on Thursday, November 6 in Reno, Nev.

In the first 25 minutes the sides traded chances.  Spartan keeper Nina Butera, who registered her fourth shutout of the season, made her lone save of the match in the 16th minute.

In the 27th minute, freshman Defender Angela Santoro took a shot that the Vandals keeper stopped, but at the 28:04 mark freshman Mid Amanda Martin took a cross from sophomore Lauren Ng-Pinkerton and tapped it in to the open goal to give the Spartans the lead, 1-0.

The weather which was sunny in the first half, turned into a downpour in the second half and affected play for the rest of the match.

“We got the early goal and then gutted it out the rest of the way,” said Leightman.  “We had a few chances to go up 2-0, but couldn’t convert them.  We did enough to get the win and that is what is most important.”

Offensively, the Spartans were led by Martin (1 shot, 1 on-goal, 1 goal), Ng-Pinkerton (1 assist), Emmy Belding (3 shots, 1 on-goal) and Santoro (2 shots, 1 on-goal).  Others contributing include: Kim Johnston and Lauren Sanchez (1 shot, 1 on-goal each) and Stephanie Righetti, Kaila Waitley and Katie Bonadies each took one shot.

In goal, Butera earned her fourth win of the season.  Her record now stands at 4-4-2 with a 1.05 goals against average.

On Sunday, November 2, the Spartans played their final regular season match against Boise State.  With spots in the WAC Tournament already secured for both teams, the match would help to decide seeding for first round matches on Thursday, November 6 in Reno, Nev.

The only tally of the first half came off the foot of Spartans’ leading scorer, Emmy Belding, who took a stolen pass and netted her seventh goal of the year.  The score came at the 33:34 mark.  Jessica Ingram was credited with an assist on the goal, her second of the season.

In the second half the Broncos applied the pressure.  They got the equalizer in the 58th minute on a 35-yard lob by Kaylea Perenon.  At the 87:26 mark, Randi Baker took a shot from 22 yards out that got past Spartan keeper Sarah Wisotsky for the game winner.

The Spartan offense was sustained by Belding (3 shots, 2 on-goal, 1 goal) and Ingram (1 assist).

In goal, Wistosky got her first start of the season.  She made three saves while allowing two goals in her fourth appearance of the season.  Her record is 0-2-0 and her GAA is 1.53.

“I thought Boise played at a high level today,” said head coach Jeff Leightman.  “Unfortunately, we didn’t match their intensity throughout the match.”  

WAC TOURNAMENT NOTES

SPARTANS AND BRONCOS FACE OFF FOR THE SECOND TIME IN WAC TOURNEY: The last time San Jose State and Boise State met in the WAC Tournament was in 2006, also inside Nevada's Mackay Stadium.  The match ended in a 0-0 (2OT) tie.  SJSU advanced on penalty kicks, 4-2.

SPARTANS' ALL-TIME RECORD IN WAC TOURNAMENT: San Jose State has participated in eight WAC tournaments and its record is 7-7-1 overall. 

SPARTANS LOOKING FOR SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP:
  In 2000, the Spartans won the WAC Tournament after defeating UTEP, SMU and Tulsa by scores of 2-0, 4-2 and 3-1, respectively.
 

SPARTAN NOTES

FOUR TIES; A NEW RECORD: The 2008 Spartans tied four matches which established a new season high.  The previous high was three (2002, 05, 06).

SEVEN SHUTOUTS SETS NEW MARK: San Jose State shutout seven opponents in 2008, which eclipsed the previous mark of six set in 1999.

BUTERA TIED FOR THIRD ON ALL-TIME SHUTOUT LIST:
Sophomore keeper Nina Butera’s five career shutouts ranks third in Spartan history.

SANTOS FOURTH ON CAREER SHUTOUT LIST: Freshman keeper Jordan-Michelle Santos’ three shutouts ranks fourth on the Spartans career list.

BUTERA LOWERS CAREER GAA MARK:
With her 1.05 GAA for 2008, keeper Nina Butera, already the career leader at 1.22, lowered that mark to 1.15.

BUTERA CLIMBS THE ALL-TIME SAVES LIST:
With 59 saves in 2008 and a career total of 156, keeper Nina Butera moved into a fourth place tie on the all-time saves list with Eryn Meyer (2000-02).
 
BUTERA AND SANTOS TIE FOR FOURTH IN SINGLE-SEASON SHUTOUTS:  Two Spartan keepers, Nina Butera and Jordan-Michelle Santos, each had three shutouts in 2008.  They tied Amee Brown who also had three in 1997.

BUTERA ESTABLISHES NEW GAA MARK:  Sophomore keeper Nina Butera established a new regular-season goals against average mark in 2008 at 1.05.

ALL WAC MATCHES DECIDED BY ONE GOAL OR LESS:
For the first time in 13 years as a member of the WAC, each of San Jose State’s seven matches was decided by one goal or less.

BELDING'S SEVENTH GOAL MOVES HER UP LIST: Emmy Belding netted her seventh goal on the season in a 2-1 defeat at Boise State (11/2).  The goal ties her for ninth on the Spartans single-season list goal scoring list.

MARTIN BECOMES EIGHTH TO SCORE FIRST COLLEGE GOAL: At the 28:04 mark at Idaho (10/31), freshman mid Amanda Martin took a cross from sophomore Lauren Ng-Pinkerton and tapped it in to the open goal to give the Spartans the lead, 1-0.  The goal was the game winner and in combination with La Tech loss propelled the Spartans into the WAC Tournament.

INGRAM GETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Freshman defender Jessica Ingram scored the first goal of her college career in a loss to Utah State (10/26).  The tally came off a corner kick by mid Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, which Ingram knocked in at the far post to at that time, even the match at 2-2.

Two net first collegiate goals: Freshman center mid Lauren Sanchez and junior forward Roxy Kamal each scored their first collegiate goals in a, 3-0, win against Cal State-Bakersfield (10/15). 

SANTORO SCORES FIRST COLLEGIATE POINT: Freshman defender Angela Santoro assisted on the first goal in a, 3-0, win against Cal State-Bakersfield on October 15.  The assist was the first of Santoro’s career.

BUTERA MOVES UP CAREEN LIST WITH SHUTOUT OF NEVADA: Keeper Nina Butera moved into fourth place on the Spartan career shutout list when she blanked Nevada, 1-0, on Sunday (10/12).  It was the fourth shutout of her career.  She also moved into fifth place all-time on the SJSU career saves list with 129.
 
BELDING GETS THIRD GAME WINNER AT NEVADA:
  Emmy Belding collected her third game winning goal of the season in a 1-0 win against the Wolfpack of Nevada on Sunday (10/12).  Belding has scored the game winner in each of the Spartans wins and leads the squad with four goals overall.  She is tied for fifth on the Spartans single season GWG list and tied for 10th on the career list for GWG’s

BUTERA EARNS HER FIRST WIN IN 2008: Starting her second game in a row, sophomore keeper Nina Butera recorded her first victory of 2008 in a 3-1 win at Air Force.  Butera made two saves and allowed one goal.

SPARTANS OFFENSE ERUPTS FOR THREE GOALS AGAINST AIR FORCE: In their highest goal output in more than a year, the Spartans scored three goals against Air Force.  The last time they scored three in a match was September 2, 2007 in a 3-3 tie against USF.  The last time the Spartans scored three or more goals in a winning effort was on October 22, 2006 in a 4-1 victory at Hawaii.
  
BONADIES NETS FIRST GOAL OF HER CAREER:
Sophomore forward Katie Bonadies tallied the first goal of her collegiate career in the 42nd minute of the Spartans 3-1 victory versus Air Force.  Freshman Michelle Haughey assisted on the goal, which was the first point of her Spartan career.

HOMECOMING FOR WINANS: When the Spartans face the Falcons of Air Force on Friday, September 26, it will be a homecoming of sorts for third year assistant coach Craig Winans.

Winans was a member of the cadet corps in 1977 and 1978 and was a member of the Falcons’ men’s soccer team that reached the NCAA Tournament in 1977.

BUTERA STOPS SIX SHOTS IN SPARTANS FOURTH SHUTOUT:
Sophomore keeper Nina Butera played 110 minutes of shutout ball as the Spartans tied Miami University, 0-0. 

Butera made her first start of the season and turned away six RedHawks shots.  In the Spartans seven matches they have held their opponents scoreless four times. 

The Spartans have not been scored upon in Spartan Stadium for 313:26. The last goal given up was in the 77th minute of a, 3-1, loss to then #17 Cal on August 24. 

FURNER NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL:
Freshman Shanelle Furner netted her first goal of her college career in the 79th minute of a, 2-1, loss at San Francisco (9/19). 

Furner took a deflection off a Dons’ defender just outside the penalty box and blasted it into the upper right side of the net.

Furner, a freshman out of Carlmont HS in San Carlos, Calif., led the Spartans with three shots, two on-goal.
 
SANTOS NAMED WAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN: Freshman keeper Jordan-Michelle Santos has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of September 8-14.

This is the second time Santos has been awarded this honor this season.  It is just the third time a Spartan has been named POW twice in a season (Nicole Irwin - 2006; Stacie Savage - 1996) and the first time a defensive player has won the award twice in a season.  Santos earned her third shutout in six matches, facing 12 shots and making two saves while lowering her GAA to 1.55.

BELDING'S SECOND GOAL OF THE YEAR NABS FIRST WIN: JC transfer Emmy Belding, tallied her and the teams second goal of the season, an overtime game-winner that broke the Spartans five game winless streak to open the season.

Belding, from Rio del Mar, Calif., transferred from Cabrillo College where she scored 56 goals in two years.

KAMAL SETS NEW CAREER HIGH IN SHOTS FOR A MATCH:  Roxy Kamal, a junior out of Presentation HS in San Jose, Calif., established a new career high in shots for a single match, nine, in the Spartans, 1-0, overtime win on Sept. 14 versus Sacramento State.  She also got her first point of the season with an assist on the match winner.

Her previous high, of four, came in a 3-0 win against Boise State last year.  She now leads the side with 13 shots overall.

SANTOS NAMED WAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Goalkeeper Jordan-Michelle Santos was named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of August 25 -August 31.

Santos, a freshman from Cypress, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS), recorded the first two shutouts of her collegiate career.
 
On Friday, August 29, against UC Davis, she played 110 minutes stopping eight shots on goal and securing a 0-0 tie with a key save in the 109th minute.  She returned Sunday, August 31, and in another 110 minute, double-overtime, shutout Seattle University while recording five saves.
 
It is the first Player of the Week honor for Santos and the first weekly conference honor for a Spartan women's soccer player in 2008.

BELDING NETS FIRST DIVISION I GOAL:  Junior forward Emmy Belding scored the first goal of her DI career in the  51st minute of the match against #17 California.  Belding stole the ball after a misplay by the Bears keeper and ripped a shot into the upper left corner to square the match 1-1.

PLAYER NOTES

Emmy Belding, Forward, leads the Spartans in goals (7), points (15), shots (37), shots on-goal (20) and game winners (3).  In WAC matches, she ranks #1 in four statistical catagories: points (T#1 with 9), goals (T#1 with 4), points per game (T#1 at 1.29/per) and goals per game (T#1 at 0.57/per). Belding collected her first assist of the year against Utah State (10/26).  She has had the game-winning goal in three of the Spartans five wins - an overtime goal against Sacramento State (9/14) to give the Spartans their first victory of the season, at Air Force (9/26) and at Nevada (10/12).  Belding’s three GWG’s ranks fifth for a single season and 10th all-time.  Her first goal of the season and her DI career, was an unassisted tally against #17 California (8/24).  Belding has started and played in all 19 matches this season.

Roxy Kamal
, Mid, is second on the side in points (6), shots (25) and third in shots on-goal (8).  She notched her first collegiate goal against Cal State-Bakersfield (10/15) and her second of the season against Utah State (10/26).  Has two assists (against Sacramento State - 9/14 and Louisiana Tech - 10/24) good for six points and has started each of the 18 matches in which she has played.

Katie Bonadies
, Mid, has two goals (at Air Force - 9/29 & versus Cal State-Bakersfield 10/15) on 16 shots, seven of which have been on-goal.  She has played in all 19 matches, starting four.  The goal against Air Force was the first of her career.  She finished the regular season with four points.

Kaila Waitley
, Mid, has one goal (at Air Force - 9/29) and two assists (against Sacramento State - 9/14 and Louisiana Tech - 10/24) good for four points and has taken 11 shots, three on-goal, while starting all 19 matches.

Jessica Ingram, Mid has started 16 times, played in all 19 matches and taken seven shots, three of which have been on-goal. She recorded her first collegiate point, an assist, at San Francisco (9/19) and netted her first goal against Utah State (10/24).  Her second assist came against Boise State (11/2) and has four points on the season.

Amanda Martin
, Mid, has played in 15 and started 12 matches.  She has taken three shots. She recorded an assist against Hawai’i (10/19) for her first collegiate point and got the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Idaho (10/31) that propelled the Spartans into the WAC Tournament.  On the season she has three points.

Lauren Sanchez
, Forward, has one goal, the first of her college career, against Cal State-Bakersfield (10/15) for two points.  She has made 12 starts in 19 appearances and has attempted 18 shots (third on the team) with 10 on-goal (second on the team).

Shanelle Furner
, mid, has taken 15 shots, three on-goal and scored her first collegiate goal at San Francisco (9/19).  She has played in all 19 matches, starting 10 and has two points.

Brittany Boehm, Defender, has played in 18 matches and started nine.  She has two assists, at Air Force (9/29) and against Cal State-Bakersfield (10/15) for two points. She has taken four shots, two on-goal and  made her first collegiate start at UC Davis.

Lauren Ng-Pinkerton, Mid, has played in 16 matches and has taken three shots, one on-goal.  She has two points, assists against Utah State (10/26) and at Idaho (10/31).  She ranks fourth in the WAC in assists (2) and assist per game (.33)

Stephanie Righetti, Forward, has made 12 starts and played in 16 matches.  She has taken 13 shots with one on-goal.  She scored her first collegiate point, an assist, on the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Nevada (10/12).

Jennifer Guadagnolo
, Mid and co-captain, has two shots on-goal in eight attempts and has made four starts in 13 appearances.  She has one assist, at Air Force (9/29) for one point.

Michelle Haughey
, Forward, has played in 17 matches and has taken six shots.  She recorded her first collegiate point, an assist, Air Force (9/29).

Angela Santoro, Defender, has attempted five shots, three on-goal, in 11 starts.  She has played in all 19 matches and recorded an assist against Cal State-Bakersfield (10/15).  She has one point on the season.

Danielle Drago
, Forward, has played in seven matches and earned her first point of the season, an assist, against Cal State-Bakersfield (10/15).

Hallsie Pacheco
, Mid, has appeared in nine matches with four starts and taken five shots, four on-goal.

Lauren Moniz, Mid and co-captain, has played in 10 matches and attempted four shots with one on-goal.

Kelsy Holm
, Defender, has made 11 starts in 17 matches and has taken four shots, two of which have been on-goal.

Britnee Chesney, Defender, has started 17 and played in 19 matches and has taken two shots, one of which was on-goal.

Kim Johnston
, Defender, has played in 19 matches and made 11 starts. She has taken two shots, both on-goal.

KEEPER NOTES

Nina Butera has played 1033:28 in 13 matches including 11 starts.  She has faced 156 shots, made 59 saves and allowed 12 goals.  Her GAA is 1.05 and save percentage is .831.  She has recorded three shutouts and her record is 4-4-2.

Butera ranks third in the WAC in shutouts (2) and save percentage (.838).  Her GGA (0.99), saves (5.17), saves per game (5.17) and shutouts per game (0.33) all rank fourth in WAC contests.

Sarah Wisotsky
has played 176:06 and has made 10 saves while allowing three goals in one start and three other appearances.  She has faced 37 shots and carries a 1.53 GAA and .769 save percentage.  Her record is 0-2-0.

Jordan-Michelle Santos
has played 612:42 in seven matches, all starts.  She has allowed 11 goals made 37 saves and faced 113 shots.  Her save percentage is .771 and a goals against average is 1.62.  Santos has tallied three shutouts and has a record of 1-4-2.