Men's Soccer Team Signs Seven

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State University men's soccer coach Gary St. Clair has announced the signing of seven recruits to 2001 national letters of intent.

The recruits include six freshman including the brother of Jorge Martinez, an All-American at San Jose State last season who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes, and one transfer.

Fernando Martinez, the brother of Jorge Martinez, is a midfielder at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Calif. Martinez, who lives in Menlo Park, also plays for the Juventus FC club team.

Jonathan Doran, a defender, lives in Roseville, Calif. and s a senior at Granite Bay (Calif.) High School. He plays for the the San Juan Lightning, the California State Cup champions and Region IV U-17 champions.

Richardson Halvorsen, also a defender, was the Santa Rosa Press Democrat Player of the Year and was the 1999 and 2000 North Central League III's Most Valuable Player. He also plays for the Santa Rosa Sharks club team.

Rawlston Masaniai was a three-year starter at defender for Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. He was named the defensive MVP in the CIF Division II in 2001, was a Los Angeles Times first-team all-Orange County player and was the 2000 defensive MVP of the Puma Classic high school tournament in Florida. Mater Dei High was the CIF Division II champions in 2000 and 2001. Masniai, a resident of Santa Ana, also plays for the Wolfpack FC club team.

Frank Mata, a midfielder who lives in San Jose, attends Valley Christian High School in San Jose. He is a member of the California U-18 team and the Region IV U-18 team, and plays for the Palo Alto Pumas club team.

Dylan Pender, a defender, lives in Chicago and is a senior at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. The team was ranked second in the state last season and finished with a 23-2-2 record. Pender scored seven goals and had 12 assists. He was a first-team all-state pick, was named first team all-area by the Chicago Pioneer Press and second team all-area by the

Chicago Tribune. He is also a member of the Illinois state U-18 team and the Region II U-18 team.

The lone transfer is Nicki Butkowski. He lives in Trondheim, Norway and attended the Handelshoyskolen School in Trondheim. He plays for Strindheim in the Norwegian 1st Division.

"I am very, very happy with the class that we're bringing in," said St. Clair, who will enter his 12th season at San Jose State this fall. "I think we have some outstanding players that are coming in. We have, realistically, three or four who could start immediately, and that's unusual."

San Jose State won the Mountain Division last season of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation last season with an 8-0 record. The Spartans then won two games to claim the MPSF championship and received an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. San Jose State was also the top-ranked team in the nation for part of the season. The Spartans finished with a 20-1-1 overall record.