Spartan Men's Soccer Resumes Play: Rescheduled Cal Game At Spartan Stadium Sept. 17

Upcoming games:
SJSU vs. California, Mon., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. (rescheduled from Sept. 16)
SJSU at CS Northridge, Fri., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
SJSU at UCSB, Sun., Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m.

San Jose State’s Record: San Jose State is 3-0-0, and 0-0-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season. The Spartans are 2-0-0 at home and 1-0-0 on the road.

This week’s opponents:
California: The Golden Bears are a 1-3-0 overall, and 0-0-0 in the PAC-10. California lost its last game against Loyola Marymount, 2-1, on Sept. 9.

CS Northridge: The Matadors are 3-1-0 overall, and 0-0-0 in Big Sky Conference games. The Matadors started the season with a 3-0 start before losing to Marshall University, 5-1, in the Nike Gold Rush Classic championship game held in Fresno Sept. 9.

UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos have a 3-0-0 record overall and 0-0-0 in Big West Conference games. The Gauchos will play Saint Mary’s on Sept. 17 and Westmont College on Sept. 19 prior to hosting the Spartans.

SJSU against the opponents:
SJSU vs. California: The Spartans have a 7-10-1 record against the Golden Bears. San Jose State has won the last three games between the teams, including a 3-2 win in Berkeley last season.

SJSU vs. CS Northridge: The Spartans play CS Northridge in the team’s home opener. Last year, the Spartans beat the Matadors 1-0 at Spartan Stadium.

UC Santa Barbara: The Spartans won last season’s meeting between the two teams, 2-0, at Spartan Stadium.

Previous games: The San Jose State improves to 3-0 on the season with a win, 3-0, over UC Riverside at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 7. The Spartans got off to a quick lead as Lars Lyssand scored early in the first half on an assist from Frank Sanfilippo 3:19 into the game. The Spartans’ Frank Mata added to the lead with a goal at 29:17 off a Lyssand assist. In the second half, Mata returned the favor when Lyssand scored his second goal off Mata’s assist at 57:22. San Jose State goalkeeper Gilbert Vega was credited with the shutout.

Spartans in the rankings: San Jose State climbed five spots and are ranked twentieth in the latest College Soccer News Top 30 poll. The Spartans are also ranked seventeenth in the latest NSCAA/adidas Media poll and sixth in this week's NSCAA Far West regional ranking.

High Scoring Spartans: The Spartans have scored 11 goals while giving up just one goal so far this season.

Lyssand leads in scoring: Senior midfielder Lars Lyssand is the leading scorer on the team and in the MPSF with four goals and one assist this season. Lyssand factored in on all three Spartan goals in the win against UC Riverside last week, scoring two goals and one assist. Lyssand has managed to score at least one goal in all three of San Jose State’s games this season.

Shutouts, Vega Style: Gilbert Vega is moving up the list for career saves for Spartan goalkeepers. Vega has combined for two shutouts this season bringing his career total to seven. This moves him into a three-way tie for eleventh place on the Spartans all-time career shutout list. Vega is tied with Joe Gangale (1985-86) and Robin Parker (1969-70). Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair (1970-73) and Chris Humphries (1997-2000) top the list with 18 career shutouts.

Head Coach Gary St. Clair: Gary St. Clair returns for his twelfth year as the head coach of the Spartans men’s soccer team. St. Clair, 108-97-14 overall, led the Spartans to a 20-1-1 record last year, including a trip to the NCAA tournament.