Men's soccer concludes 2006 spring season

San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State University men’s soccer team, which resumed training in early February, closed out the spring season with a mini-tournament featuring Stanford and Cal Poly last Saturday, April 22, at Spartan Field on SJSU South Campus.

Head coach Gary St. Clair’s Spartans took on Stanford at 11:00 a.m. and Cal Poly at 2:40 p.m. in a pair of games with 30-minute halves. San Jose State allowed a late goal to lose to Stanford by the score of 1-0, before battling to a 0-0 tie with Cal Poly. Richard Mann played in goal against Stanford, with Rodrigo Baptista taking over for the Cal Poly contest.

The mini-tournament marked the conclusion of not only the Spartans' competition schedule for the 2006 spring season, but also their training schedule. San Jose State went 2-1-4 over seven games in the month of April, scoring eight goals while allowing five.

"The spring served as a good foundation for the (2007) fall season," said St. Clair. "Now we have to attack the point that the summer has great importance for the guys both in terms of playing, and conditioning."

San Jose State began its spring competitive season on Saturday, April 8, participating in a mini-tournament on the turf field at Valley Christian High School. In games with 30-minute halves, the Spartans tied Humboldt State University, 0-0, before defeating Cal State Stanislaus, 3-1. Mann collected the shutout in goal in the opener. Against Cal State Stanislaus, Guilherme Fadlalla scored two of the goals, both on set-piece free kicks, with Gavin Wenyon notching the third goal on a shot from distance. The score was 3-0 in the Spartans’ favor at halftime. Baptista was the goalkeeper for the duration of the 60 minutes.

The following Saturday, April 15, the Spartans were back at Valley Christian High School for another mini-tournament with 30-minute halves, this time against South Bay rival Santa Clara University and Notre Dame de Namur University.

San Jose State played to a scoreless tie with Santa Clara, with Mann posting another shutout in goal, and also came away with a tie against Notre Dame de Namur, 1-1. The Spartans took the lead on a first-half goal by Ismael Ibarra which was assisted by El Shaddai Bent. The Argos equalized after halftime. Baptista played in the Spartan net.

On Tuesday, April 18, a scheduled spring game with Cal State Monterey Bay at Spartan Field was cancelled. The Spartans took on the San Jose Frogs, a new addition to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), at Spartan Field on Wednesday, April 19, and came away with a 4-2 victory over a regulation 90 minutes. Ibarra and Bent tallied first-half goals for a 2-2 scoreline at halftime. Savio Carrijo and Hiroki Akiyama added goals after the intermission to give SJSU the 4-2 win.

Baptista started the match against the Frogs and played the first 45 minutes before giving way to Mann for the second half. Mann thus extended his spring scoreless streak to 165 minutes of play.

“It’s gone as well as it could, considering what has been a big challenge with the wet weather” remarked St. Clair about the spring following the first five games. “We have not always been able to train on a full field, and have had to make due on small patches. (The weather) has cut our ability to get better back a little bit, but I’m seeing what I need to see in preparation for the fall season.”

Spring 2006 Results

San Jose State 0, Humboldt State 0 (4/8)
San Jose State 3, Cal State Stanislaus 1 (4/8)
San Jose State 0, Santa Clara 0 (4/15)
San Jose State 1, Notre Dame de Namur 1 (4/15)
San Jose State 4, San Jose Frogs 2 (4/19)
San Jose State 0, Stanford 1 (4/22)
San Jose State 0, Cal Poly 0 (4/22)