Men's soccer hosts regular season opener this weekend


San Jose State will play a second and final exhibition game on Friday, August 25, hosting Cal State East Bay at 7:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. San Jose State then opens the regular season, also at Spartan Stadium, on Sunday afternoon, August 27, hosting Cal State Fullerton of the Big West Conference at 1:00 p.m.


The San Jose State University men’s soccer team defeated Cal State Monterey Bay 2-1 in double overtime in an exhibition match at Spartan Stadium on Friday, August 18. Junior midfielder Guilherme Fadlalla scored on a perfectly placed free kick just inside the upper right corner of the goal at 104:47 of double overtime to give the Spartans the victory. San Jose State scored first in the contest, when Julio Gonzalez received a through ball from Ben Saunders, rounded Otter goalie Mathew Lege to the left and booted the ball in the net at 24:20 to give the Spartans an early lead. The Spartans led 1-0 until CSUMB’s Kyle Satow tied the game at one goal apiece, redirecting his own rebound after receiving a cross from the left from Eric Nabors at the 59:55 mark. The game stayed knotted at one through the first overtime, and for the first five minutes of the second extra session until Fadlalla ended the two-hour marathon of a match. The Spartans and Otters each had five shots on goal, while SJSU attempted 15 shots to the Otters’ 10 attempts in the match. Sophomore midfielder Hiroki Akiyama led the Spartans with four shots. Gonzalez had two shots on goal.


Former Titan goalkeeper and assistant coach Bob Ammann makes his head coaching debut, replacing Al Mistri, who retired at the end of the 2005 season. The Titans were picked to finish fifth in the Big West Conference pre-season coaches poll. Fullerton players scored only 20 goals last year and only five of them came from returning players - two each by Skyler Thureson (Long Beach / Seaside Academy) and Yaron Shlomi (East Brunswick, NJ / Rutgers) and one by Brooks, who earned honorable mention on the All-Big West Conference team for the second time. San Jose State transfer Brent Douglas (Peoria, AZ) played in 8 games in two seasons for the Spartans while returning sophomore Kevin Puder (La Mirada / La Mirada HS) played in 6 games last year for the Titans with a 1-2-0 record as a starter.


With four returning starters and seven returning lettermen, the San Jose State men's soccer team has been picked to finish second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2006, in a preseason poll conducted by league head coaches. The Spartans registered 19 points to finish tied for second place with Sacramento State, as 2005 MPSF champion New Mexico picked up five first-place votes and 25 points. Denver finished fourth in the poll with ten points, while Air Force (nine) and UNLV (eight) rounded out the six-team poll.