Men's soccer taps experience with 2003 signing class

The Spartans open the 2003 season
on August 29 at home.
The San Jose State University men’s soccer team focused on experienced players in its 2003 signing class. This year’s signees include one four-year college transfer, three junior college transfers and two incoming freshmen.

"In terms of experience, this class is noteworthy," said Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair. "I really like this recruiting class because I feel it is the most experienced class we’ve had here in a while."

Four student-athletes have at least one year of collegiate experience. Midfielder Chris Mackey spent two seasons at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. Forward Tim McKinney spent two years at Fresno City College, defender Ryan Rundle was at Pasadena City College for two years and defender Corey Edden played one season at Fresno City College and will transfer in as a sophomore.

"These players bring a year or two of college experience into the program already," added St. Clair. "We will not have to wait for them to develop. These are players who can help us immediately."

Rounding out this year’s class are incoming freshmen midfielder Lee Sandwina and goalkeeper Brent Douglas.

"I think Brent Douglas is a good, young goalkeeper and is someone who can help us in the future," said St. Clair. "I’m particularly excited about Lee Sandwina. He’s a left-sided player, and that is something we haven’t had at San Jose State in a while."

Mackey, a native of Eugene, Ore., recorded nine goals and 13 assists in 37 games played at Concordia. He spent five months in Bolivia training at the Tahuichi Academy of Soccer, was named the 2002 Tahuichi "Outstanding Player" award and turned down an offer to play for one of the top professional Bolivian teams, Indipendiente.

McKinney was named a California Community College "All-American" last season after scoring 11 goals and 14 assists with Fresno City College. McKinney scored two goals in the Rams 3-2 loss to Santa Rosa in the state championship game.

Rundle spent the past two years at Pasadena City College. In high school, he was the co-captain at Crescenta Valley High School and a first team all-league selection. He has two years experience playing with the Central Coast Roadrunners of the Professional Development League.

Edden is a defender who spent just one year in the junior college ranks at Fresno City where he was a second team all-conference pick. He played striker at Silverado High School in Las Vegas, Nev., leading the team in goals his final season.

Sandwina will graduate fromn Maria Carillo High School where the soccer team is ranked No. 2 in the country. He is a four sport star earning letters in wrestling, football, track and soccer. He earned the school’s "Most Athletic" award.

Douglas is a 6’4" goalkeeper from Peoria, Ariz. He was a four-year starter at Cactus High School, which won the state championship in both 2002 and 2003. He was 14-1 with a .412 goals against average with 10 shutouts this past season. He is a three-year honor roll player.

The Spartans open the 2003 campaign at home against Notre Dame de Namur on August 29 as part of a double-header with the women’s soccer team. The women play the University of the Pacific at 5:00 p.m. and the men kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be at Spartan Stadium.