Spartan Men's Soccer Hosts Final Two Conference Matches

THIS WEEK:
SJSU vs. Air Force, Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, 7:30 p.m.
SJSU vs. Denver, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, 1:00 p.m.

SAN JOSE STATE:
The San Jose State men’s soccer team is 8-5-2 overall and 2-1-2 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games after playing just one match last week. The Spartans took a 2-1 win at Fresno State on Oct. 28, keeping the Bulldogs winless at home this season, after recording two consecutive draws in conference play. The Spartans are looking to move up in the MPSF standings with the conference tournament beginning in Fresno on Nov. 8.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS:
Air Force:
In the Falcons’ last home game of the season, the University of Denver defense allowed just three shots on goal Sunday as the Pioneers' men's soccer team handed Air Force its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation loss, 1-0, at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Denver then played a solid defensive game, allowing the Falcons just one shot on goal in the first 65 minutes, and three overall. Air Force, now 11-3 overall and 4-1 in MPSF play, could not muster the offense it has the past two weeks, when the Falcons outscored their opponents, 17-4. The Falcons collected 15 total shots, but many were wide or blocked by the Denver defense. Air Force was not at full strength for the second half as the team's leading scorer, Marcus Sagastume, along with Dan Walsh and A.J. Ruiz, suffered first-half injuries and did not return to the game.

Denver:
The University of Denver men's soccer team handed conference-leading Air Force its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation loss of the season Sunday, defeating the Falcons 1-0 in Air Force's final home game of the season. With the win, Denver improves to 9-4-3 overall, 3-2-0 in the MPSF. Air Force falls to 11-3-1, 4-1-0. Denver has now won three consecutive games after opening conference play with back-to-back losses. The Pioneers are next in action this Friday, Nov. 2 when they take on MPSF foe Fresno State at 3 p.m. at Pioneer Field. It will be the final home game for five Denver seniors.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
SJSU vs. Air Force
The Spartans are 11-3-1 in the series with the Falcons that began in 1963. Last season the Spartans won both matches with Air Force, including a 1-0 overtime win at the Air Force Academy.

SJSU vs. Denver
The all-time series between the teams is tied, 2-2. The Spartans were able to win both matched played between the teams last season, outscoring the Pioneers, 5-1, in the games. Prior to last year’s meetings, the last time the teams played was in 1970.

RECENT GAMES:
Senior midfielder Lars Lyssand scored his eleventh goal and his tenth assist as the San Jose State University men's soccer team beats Fresno State, 2-1, on Sunday, Oct. 28, in Bulldog Stadium.

The Bulldogs were looking for their first home win of the season, but were unable to defeat the Spartans. The two teams remained scoreless through the first period, then Lyssand scored his conference leading 11th goal of the season heading a misdirected kick by teammate Frank Sanfilippo at 51:50.

The Bulldogs managed to pressure the Spartans and were able to net their first goal in the 83rd minute. Sophomore forward, Joshua LeRoy scored the teams lone goal of the match when Kupono Low tapped a pass to LeRoy, who then shot it past the Spartans' goalkeeper Daniel Benton.

The scored remained tied for seven minutes. With just under 40 seconds to play, Richard Halvorsen scored the game-winning goal for the Spartans on Lyssand's assist. Overall, San Jose outshot Fresno State, 14-12. For the Spartans, Benton had four saves, while Fresno State keeper, Jeremy Proud finished with two.


LYSSAND HITS THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE:
Lars Lyssand scored his tenth goal of the year against the San Diego State Aztecs on Oct. 19., and recently hit double digits in assists against Fresno State on Oct. 28. Lyssand remarkable season continues as he nailed the first goal of the match and later assisted on the game winner. In 15 games played this year, Lyssand has scored the first goal of the game six times. He has also scored the game-winning goal three times and tied the game twice.

THE TALES OF FIRSTS, FIRST-YEAR FRESHMAN AND FIRST GOALS SCORED:
The Spartans have scored the first goal in 10 of the team’s 15 matches so far this season and are 5-3-1 in those games. Senior midfielder Lars Lyssand has six of those first goals.

THE TALES OF FIRSTS, FIRST-YEAR FRESHMAN AND FIRST GOALS SCORED, CONT’D:
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.


CONFERENCE CHECKPOINT:
With two conference games remaining, the defending MPSF Champion San Jose State Spartans will try to earn a higher seed for the MPSF Tournament spot. The MPSF Championship will be determined by an eight-team postseason tournament at Fresno State University’s Bulldog Stadium, November 8-11. The tournament will be seeded from the
final regular MPSF standings. The MPSF Championship match is 1:00pm, Sunday, November 11. For ticket information, call the Fresno State ticket office at 559.278.Dogs or www.BulldogTix.com.


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