Seven players on All-MPSF men's soccer post-season team

Frank Sanfilippo was the MPSF
"MVP" runner-up.
After an injury-plagued 4-7 start to a potential lackluster season, the men’s soccer team turned the tables and challenged for a NCAA tournament appearance. For the team's efforts, seven players earned all-conference honors and three were named to the all-tournament team at the MPSF Tournament.

Senior midfielder Frank Sanfilippo switched to the center defender role to anchor a solid Spartan defense. His consistent pressure and playmaking ability earned him first-team “All-MPSF” honors and was the runner up behind Denver’s Pat Borchers as the conference’s “Player of the Year.”

Senior Tony Chang switched from a flanker to a striker this season to use his speed to help out the offense, also earned his first conference honors and joined Sanfilippo as a first team “All-MPSF” pick.

Three Spartans earned second team recognition. Freshman forward Johnny Gonzalez, junior midfielder Francisco Martinez and sophomore defender Rawston Masiniai each earned their first conference award. Two other Spartans, freshman midfielder Khota Gaines and sophomore defender Richard Halvorsen, were honorable mention picks.

In the MPSF tournament, San Jose State took a 3-3 tie with UNLV through two overtime periods and won with a 5-4 penalty kick tiebreaker.

The Spartans advanced to the finals to face New Mexico for the right to advance to the NCAA tournament. The teams would tie the game at 1-1 before New Mexico was able to score the winning goal in overtime.

Despite the team’s disappointment, three Spartans were honored with “All-Tournament” honors. Chang, Sanfilippo and sophomore Frank Mata each earned the top individual tournament honors.