Men's Soccer Finishes Non-conference Play This Week

THIS WEEK:
SJSU at Stanford, Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
SJSU vs. Cal Poly, Sunday, Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m.

SAN JOSE STATE:
The Spartans are 5-3-0 overall and 0-0-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games this season. The Spartans are 3-2-0 at home and 2-1-0 on the road.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS:
Stanford:
Stanford Freshman Matt Janusz scored twice for No. 3 Stanford, 6-0-0 overall, as the Cardinal shutout Fresno State 4-0 in the final game of the 5th annual Stanford/Nike Invitational Sunday afternoon at Maloney Field. Stanford won in a 4-0 rout of Dartmouth on Friday, recorded its fifth shutout in six games and improved to 9-0-1 in Stanford/Nike Invitational competition. Three different players found the net for the Cardinal, who outscored the Bulldogs (3-2-3) by an 18-10 margin.

Cal Poly:
Cal Poly, 1-3-1 overall, suffered its third straight loss in men's soccer Sunday, falling 2-1 to the Furman Palladins in the Clemson/Nike Invitational. Sergei Raad scored the winning goal midway through the second half for Furman, snapping a 1-1 tie, giving the Palladins their seventh victory without a loss this season. Furman is ranked fourth by Soccer America and 22nd by the NSCAA poll. The Mustangs will play at Gonzaga on Friday afternoon.


HEAD-TO-HEAD
SJSU vs. Stanford: The Spartans have tied the last two games between these two teams. The last met at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 26, 2000 where the match was knotted up, 1-1, through double overtime to end in a tie. The Spartans have a 25-23-5 record against Stanford since 1954.

SJSU vs. Cal Poly: San Jose State holds an 8-1-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Spartans have won the last four meetings between the teams, including a 2-0 win in San Luis Obispo last season.

RECENT GAMES:
The Spartans split last weeks games with a loss to USF on Thursday and a win against UC Irvine on Sunday. The Spartans loss a tough match to USF, 5-2, at home on Thursday night. While the Spartans outshot the Dons, 11-8, poor goaltending and a pressuring Dons offense put the game out of reach for the Spartans. Fausto Villegas and Lars Lyssand scored the only two Spartan goals of the game.

On Sunday, the Spartans won a closely played game against the UC Irvine Anteaters, 2-1, at Spartan Stadium. The Anteaters pressured the Spartan offense in the beginning of the first half, scoring the first goal at 21:28. With less than 10 minutes left in the first half, Lars Lyssand tied the game with his eighth goal of the season. Daniel Castillo’s headed in the game-winning goal off a Lyssand corner kick in the second half.

LYSSAND CONTINUES TO SCORE:
Lars Lyssand continued his remarkable scoring trend this past week, adding 2 goals and two assists to his team leading totals. Lyssand has scored eight goals and five assists so far this season, and has already topped his season best five goal mark he set in 1998 and 2000. Lyssand leads the MPSF in total points (21) and goals (8) through Sept. 30. Lyssand has an average of 1.14 goals per game and has record three of five game winning goals.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH:

The season so far:
"We have little margin for error in our play and our fitness. We haven’t been completely healthy for three weeks and may not be for another week. When we’re fit, we’re as good as any team out there. Right now we need to hold down the fort until our players get back healthy, hopefully entering MPSF play healthy."

On Stanford:
"The are a very good team. This may be our most difficult game, and it’ll be a challenge with our teams condition."

On Cal Poly:
"Cal Poly is a big, physical team and they always are. It’s going to be a very physical game, and right after playing Stanford it will be challenging"

Lars Lyssand
"Lars has gotten better since he’s been here (San Jose State). He is one of those remarkable players who can manufacture a play out of nothing. He has a knack to make a big play, and its nothing that I can teach him. It’s incredible to watch him, no defense can solve him."

Frank Sanfillipo
"Frankie and Lars have been pillars on this offense. I don’t know where we’d be without those two."