Men's Soccer Opens With Two Matches In Spartan Stadium

Aug 28, 2013

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August 27, 2013

SPARTANS OPEN REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO HOME MATCHES

The San José State men's soccer team opens regular season action this week with a pair of home matches; one against an old foe, the Sacramento State Hornets, and the other versus a first-time opponent, the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars.

SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY

vs. Sacramento State

Friday, August 30 - 7:00 P.M.

Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif.

vs. Southern Illinois - Edwardsville

Sunday, September 1 - 11:30 a.m.

Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif.

LIVE STATS Fans can view live stats of all San Jose State home and most road contests by accessing the "Live Stats" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the link on men's soccer's schedule page to follow the action.

VIDEO STREAMING Spartan Digital is your all access passport to Spartan Athletics. For live and recorded video/audio of San Jose State men's soccer home games, check us out at www.sjsuspartans.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA Keep up with all 16 San Jose State's team through social media sites Twitter and Facebook. For Twitter go to @sjsuathletics and on Facebook become friends with Sammy Spartan.

MEN'S SOCCER TICKETS Tickets for all San Jose State men's soccer home games are free for all SJSU students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. Adult tickets are $5.00, $2.00 for youth (12 and under) and any child wearing a jersey gets in for free. Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person. The ticket office opens one hours prior to kick-off at Spartan Stadium or can be purchased by calling San José State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE The Hornets posted an 8-8-2 overall record in 2012 and were 5-4-1 in Big West Conference action good for a third-place finish in the North Division. The Spartans defeated Sacramento State 2-1, in Sacramento, last year on a Steve Sanchez goal in the 89th minute. The side returns their top-two scorers from last season; striker Isaac Ikyurav (5G, 4A - 14 Pts) and mid Gabe Silveira (5G, 3A - 13 Pts). Cesar Castillo, who appeared in one game last season and gave up four goals is the only keeper on the roster who has seen any collegiate action. Michael Linenberger is in his 25th season leading the Sacramento State program. He has a 165-237-47 overall record with the Hornets.

SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-EDWARDSVILLE The Cougars finished the 2012 season with a 13-7-0 record. They were 4-2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference and reached the championship game of the Conference tournament. SIUE plays at Santa Clara on Friday (8/30) evening prior to the match in Spartan Stadium on Sunday morning. Top returners include midfielder Matt Polster and forward Christian Volesky (9G - 18 points).  Both were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason All-Conference Team, and the watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in NCAA men’s soccer. Volesky led the side in goals and points in 2012 and Polster moves from a defensive position into the midfield this year.  John Berner (0.86 GAA, .789 save % in 2012), a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, started and appeared in 14 matches last year posting a 10-4-0 record. Kevin Kalish is in his sixth season leading the SIUE program. He had a 41-37-12 career record entering this year.

SPARTAN NOTES

Keepers

Emmanuel Espinosa (So., San Jose, Calif.) had a 3-2-0 record in 2012 with a 1.20 GAA and .812 save%.

Felix Petermann (Jr., Munich, Germany) played two seasons at Towson University. Had a 1.61 GAA and .732 save % in 2012.

Strikers

Eric Mendez (Fr., Santa Cruz, Calif.) had one goal in four shots, all on frame in five matches in 2012. Took the year as a redshirt after an injury.

Rory Knibbs (Fr., London, England) in his first year as a Spartan.

Benjamin Cowdrill (Fr., Leaminton Spa, England) in his first year as a Spartan.

Bryan Ruiz-Unger (Fr., Miami, Fla.) in his first year as a Spartan.

Midfielders

Enrique Montano (Jr., Salinas, Calif.) started all 18 matches in 2012. Had a goal on 19 shots and an assist.

Frankie Beauchamp (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.) started 14 of 15 appearances in 2012. Assisted in four goals and attempted six shots.

Jamison Loveless (Jr., Boise, Idaho) made seven appearances all as a reserve in 2012. Attempted one shot.

Israel Ayala (So., Richmond, Calif.) made four starts in 12 appearances and attempted 3 shots in 2012

Samuel Croucher (Fr., Derbyshire, England) in his first year as a Spartan.

Andy Moya (Jr., Gilroy, Calif.) in his first year as a Spartan.

Colton Portela (So., Pleasanton, Calif.) in his first year as a Spartan.

Uriel Ayala (Fr., Fort Bragg, Calif.) in his first year as a Spartan.

Benjamin Reiter (Fr., San Francisco, Calif.) in his first year as a Spartan.

Alex Anastasi (So., Pacific Palisades, Calif.) in his first year as a Spartan.

Defenders

Kyler McLaughlin (So., San Diego, Calif.) made four starts in 11 matches. Had a goal on four shots and an assist in 2012.

Ryan Thomas (Sr., Livermore, Calif) appeared in 13 matches and made 10 starts in 2012. He had one shot attempt.

Dylan West (Fr., Davis, Calif.) took the 2012 season as a redshirt year.

Andrew Kelly (Jr., Darlington, England) was named to the 2013 Preseason All-WAC team. Transfered from Saint Peters University.

Kyle O'Mahoney (Fr., Hednesford, England) in his first year as a Spartan.

Anthony Ruiz (Fr., Pinole, Calif.) in his first year as a Spartan.

James Walker (Jr., Morgan Hill, Calif.) took the 2011 season as a redshirt and did not compete in 2012.

HEAD COACH GARY ST. CLAIR Gary St. Clair is in his 24th season leading his alma mater's men's soccer program. The two-time NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year and two-time MPSF Coach of the Year became just the second coach in program history to reach and then surpass the 200-win plateau. St. Clair enters the 2013 season with a 213-198-37 career record.

FOR STARTERS San José State is 6-1-0 in its last seven season openers under head coach Gary St. Clair. Since he took over the program in 1990, his overall record in season openers is 16-5-2.

SAN JOSE STATE PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH In a vote of the WAC head coaches, San Jose State was picked to finish in fourth place among the eight teams that make up the conference. The Spartans received 29 total points, one point behind UNLV. The poll was led by Cal State Bakersfield with 47 points and five first-place votes. Air Force with 43 points and two first-place votes was picked to finish second. Kansas City (26 points), Seattle (19 points), Grand Canyon (18 points) and Houston Baptist (12 points) round out the poll.

COACHING STAFF In 2013, the nucleus of the Spartans coaching staff returns with head coach Gary St. Clair (24th season) and associate head coach Ron Smare (24th season) once again leading their alma mater. However, for the first time in 10 years there is new blood on the sideline for the Spartans. Stephen Ralos, coach of the 2011 National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) National Champion while at Cloud County Community College (Concordia, Kan.) is in his first year at San José State.

SOCCER KICKOFF NIGHT On Wednesday, August 28, the San José State men's soccer team will be hosting its 15th Annual Soccer Kickoff Night at the Silicon Valley Capital Club. Spartan soccer alumni, friends and family are invited to this free event, which takes place on the top floor of the Knight Ridder Building in downtown San Jose. Dress is business casual.