Men's soccer picked fifth in MPSF preseason poll

Senior midfielder Marvin Sorto
was among the conference
leaders in assists
a year ago.
Woodland, Calif. ----- The San Jose State University men’s soccer team has been picked to finish fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation preseason poll conducted by the league’s head coaches.

The Spartans, who collected 10 points, finished tied for sixth out of seven teams in the conference last year. San Jose State posted a 5-13-1 record overall and 4-8-0 in MPSF play. Seniors Johnny Gonzalez and Dylan Pender lead the offense and defense, respectively. Gonzalez is a three-time All-MPSF honoree who has produced 18 goals and eight assists in his career. Senior Marvin Sorto (team-leading seven assists in 2004) and junior Daniel Perez highlight the midfield contingent.

"I think the poll is fair based on how we did last year," says Gary St. Clair, who is entering his 16th season as head coach. "If we expect to gain more respect from the other coaches, we are going to have to show it on the field. (Fifth place in the preseason poll) is not a bad place for us to be in right now. Hopefully, it will make our players hungry to show themselves (to the rest of the league)."

New Mexico, the conference champion a year ago, topped the MPSF preseason poll for the third consecutive year. The Lobos are ranked sixth nationally in the CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason Top 30 National Poll and eighth in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll. The Lobos registered 25 points, including five first-place votes. Denver was picked second and received 20 points, including one first-place vote.

UNLV was picked third with 14 points, followed by Sacramento State. Air Force rounded out the pack, two points behind the Spartans.

San Jose State opens its 2005 regular season with a non-conference home match against Stanford on Thursday, September 1, at Spartan Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

2005 MPSF Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll
Team - Points
1. New Mexico - 25 (5)
2. Denver – 20 (1)
3. UNLV – 14
4. Sacramento State – 11
5. San Jose State – 10
6. Air Force – 8