Spartan Men's Soccer Heads to Fresno State for the Team's Last Road Game of the Season

2001 SJSU Sports Hall of Fame Introduction,
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2:00 p.m. at the SJSU vs. Tulsa football game
SJSU @ Fresno State, Sunday, Oct. 28, 3:00 p.m. match

The San Jose State men’s soccer team is 7-5-2 overall and 1-1-2 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games after two draws in last week’s action. The Spartans recorded a tie in suspended match last Friday night San Diego State. The team then took a scoreless tie through two overtime periods for a draw against visiting Sacramento State on Sunday afternoon.

Fresno State:
The Bulldogs have had a difficult time in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play the past two weeks. After four matches, Fresno State owns a 0-2-2 record. They have only managed to score one goal to their opponents' three. The squad has also split the outcome of a week's matches, after earning a tie and a loss at home and away. San Diego State tallied a 2-0 shutout over the Bulldogs on Sunday, Oct. 21.
The Sacramento State Hornets and the Bulldogs took a 1-1 match through double overtime to end in a draw on Friday, Oct. 19.

SJSU vs. Fresno State
It’s all about decades of dominance in games played between the two teams. The Spartans are 8-23-1 all-time after winning both games played between the Bulldogs and Spartans last season. The Spartans dominated the series in the ‘70s winning all six games played against the Bulldogs, but Fresno State turned the tables in the ‘80s and ‘90s winning 23 games against the Spartans without allowing a win and just one tie. The Spartans hope to dominate the next decade and add their third straight win against the Bulldogs.

The San Jose State men’s soccer team led, 1-0, against the San Diego State Aztecs for most of the Oct. 19 match. The Aztecs were able to tie the game in the 80th minute on Enrique Tovar’s penalty kick. The match was suspended shortly thereafter in a 1-1 draw.

The Spartans recorded another draw in the Sunday, Oct. 21 match against the Sacramento State Hornets. The teams ended the game in a scoreless tie after double overtime at Spartan Stadium. The stars of the afternoon were the two team’s goalkeepers who combined on 18 saves in 120 minutes of play. The two teams came close to breaking the tie, but solid goaltending kept the score knotted up at 0-0. The Spartans’ junior goalkeeper Daniel Benton stopped 11 of the 13 shots-on-goal he faced on his way to earning his second solo shutout of the season.

Two Spartan soccer legends are included in the eleven individuals making up the 2001 class of the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame. Soccer forward Ismael "Easy" Perez and Julius "Julie" Menendez are representing the men’s soccer team in this year’s Hall of Fame honorees. Menendez, already in the Hall of Fame, is being recognized as this year’s Hall of Fame "Legend."

Perez played for the 1975 through 1978 San Jose State University men’s soccer teams. The Spartans posted winning records in each of his four seasons and set a single season school record for most victories in 1978 with 19. Perez led the nation in scoring in 1975 and 1976. Perez scored 75 goals and was credited with 173 total points during his college career. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1976 and was a member of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Menendez was the men’s soccer coach from 1954 through 1989 piling up 295 wins and taking San Jose State University teams to the NCAA Tournament 11 times. He also coached the Spartan boxing teams to the NCAA Championship in 1958, 1959 and 1960. No other college team won an NCAA Boxing Championship after 1960. Menendez was the head coach of 1960 U.S. Olympic boxing team that included gold-medal winner Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali. In 1976, he became the first American to be a head coach of two different Olympic sports in two different Olympic Games when he coached the men’s soccer team.

The 11 honorees will participate in induction ceremonies, Friday, October 26, at the San Jose Airport Hyatt Hotel. The following afternoon at the San Jose State-Tulsa football game, they will be introduced in a special halftime presentation.

Lars Lyssand scored his tenth goal of the year against the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday, Oct. 19. Lyssand has 29 points this year with 10 goals and nine assists and is averaging 2.15 points per game. In 14 games Lyssand has played in this year, he has managed to score at least a point in nine matches. Lyssand has scored the first goal of a game in five matches, has notched two game tying goals and three game winners.

The Spartans have scored the first goal in nine of the team’s 15 matches so far this season and are 5-3-1 in those games. Senior midfielder Lars Lyssand has five of those first goals. The freshman class is starting to show great signs of future dominance with three freshman, Sven Juhlin, Dylan Pender and Frank Mata, who have accounted for the four other first goals. Freshmen Sven Juhlin, Richard Halvorsen and Dylan Pender have also nailed a game-winning goal this season.

With four conference games under their belts and three remaining, the defending MPSF Champion San Jose State Spartans will have some work ahead to secure a MPSF Tournament spot. Since only four teams will advance to the single-round robin tournament, each remaining game will become ever so more important. Last season the Spartans were the top seed in the tournament, defeating UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton on their way to the NCAA Tournament.

1. Air Force <19> 4 0 0 12 2-0-0 2-0-0 11 2 0 .846 4-0-0 4-1-0 3-1-0 Won 6
2. SDSU 2 1 1 7 1-1-0 1-0-1 6 6 2 .500 4-4-1 2-1-1 0-1-0 Won 1
3. Denver 2 2 0 6 2-0-0 0-2-0 8 4 3 .633 6-0-1 2-3-1 0-1-1 Won 2
4. UNLV 2 2 0 6 2-0-0 0-2-0 7 6 0 .538 4-2-0 2-3-0 1-1-0 Lost 2
5. SJSU 1 1 2 5 0-0-2 1-1-0 7 5 2 .571 4-2-2 3-3-0 0-0-0 Tied 2
6. Sacramento St. 1 1 2 5 1-1-0 0-0-2 2 6 4 .333 2-1-1 0-4-3 0-1-0 Tied 2
7. Fresno St. 0 2 2 2 0-1-1 0-1-1 3 5 6 .429 0-3-2 1-2-2 2-0-2 Lost 1
8. New Mexico 0 3 1 1 0-1-1 0-2-0 3 8 2 .308 1-2-1 1-2-0 1-4-1 Lost 3
MPSF champion determined by conference tournament Nov. 8-11 at Fresno State. Championship seeding based on Total Points: win = 3 pts., tie = 1pt., loss = 0 pts.
< > Denotes highest current national ranking. MPSF teams play a single-round robin conference schedule.