San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University women’s soccer team handed out awards at its end-of-the-year banquet for the 2007 season on Wednesday, December 5. For the third year in a row, the event was held inside the Simpkins Stadium Center Gold Room on the San Jose State campus.
Kristin Krale, a senior tri-captain and San Jose native out of Independence High School, earned Defensive Player of the Year recognition, as voted on by her teammates. As the Spartans’ central defensive anchor all season, Krale broke the all-time school record for career starts, ending her career with 82. She did not miss a single game in four seasons at San Jose State, starting all 82 games. She and fellow senior tri-captain Jackie Zabek are tied for third on the all-time school list in games played. Krale finished with two goals and one assist offensively for five total points, tied for second on the team with Zabek. Krale played the most minutes of any Spartan again in 2007.
Junior forward Jessica Scott (San Ramon, Calif./California HS), was voted the Offensive Player of the Year. Scott started all 17 games in which she played, leading the team with six goals scored and 13 total points on the year. She also paced the Spartans in shots taken for the third straight season, as well as the entire Western Athletic Conference, with a career-best 63. Scott was the WAC Offensive Player of the Week on October 8 after her two-goal performance in a 2-1 home victory over UC Irvine. She also scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Northern Iowa in Pocatello, Idaho. Scott finished with three game-winning goals in all.
Nina Butera, another San Jose native out of Presentation High School, picked up Freshman of the Year honors. The redshirt freshman played in 17 games, starting 16 in a row before an unfortunate hand injury suffered during pre-game warm-ups sidelined her for the Spartans’ WAC Tournament quarterfinal match with Utah State in Boise, Idaho. Butera registered a conference-leading 97 saves to go along with one assist offensively on the year. She posted a 1.22 goals-against-average and a pair of individual shutouts.
Sarah Wisotsky, a walk-on goalkeeper out of Aromas, Calif., and Anzar High School, was chosen as the recipient of the Circuit Award, given each year to the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of Spartan women’s soccer. Wisotsky spent the 2006-07 academic year at San Jose State, but was not a member of the soccer program until she walked on following the 2007 spring season. She moved into the role of back-up goalkeeper early in the season and eventually found herself in the starting lineup for the game against Utah State at the WAC Tournament. She made four saves in the contest.
In addition, the Spartans recognized eight departing seniors who entered the program together in 2004. Those seniors were Krale, Zabek, Nicole Irwin, Kelly Madej, Erica Ng-Pinkerton, Heather Oranje, tri-captain Heidi Romswinckel-Guise and Tasha Van Dixhorn.
2007 San Jose State Women’s Soccer Team Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Jessica Scott, Jr., F
Defensive Player of the Year: Kristin Krale, Sr., D
Freshman of the Year: Nina Butera, GK
Circuit Award: Sarah Wisotsky, Fr., GK