Woodland, Calif. – The San Jose State men’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the annual preseason Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) coaches poll it was announced today.
New Mexico, with 47 total points and five first-place votes, tops the poll. The Lobos are the reigning conference champions and reached the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. CSU Bakersfield comes in just behind the New Mexico, with 45 points and three first place votes. The Roadrunners won the Pacific Division of the MPSF and also competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Air Force and Denver tied for third with 30 points each, followed by the Spartans. San Jose State got 27 votes in fifth place. The Spartans reached the MPSF Tournament semifinals last year, their first appearance since the 2003 season.
The final three places in order go to UNLV, Seattle and Houston Baptist who received 22, 16 and seven points, respectively.
The Spartans open the preseason at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, against Cal State East Bay in Spartan Stadium. They are led by returning striker Steve Sanchez, who was a 2011 Continental Tires/ National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's NCAA Division I All-Far West Regional Team selection. Sanchez led the team with seven goals, six of which were game winners.
San Jose State opens its regular season on Sunday, August 26, welcoming Bay Area rival University of San Francisco. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
2012 MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll
Team Points (1st place votes)
1. New Mexico 47 (5)
2. CSU Bakersfield 45 (3)
3. Air Force 30
5. San Jose State 27
6. UNLV 22
7. Seattle 16
8. Houston Baptist 7