Men's soccer hosts Saint Mary's, USF this week

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men's soccer team will look for its first victory of the season on Thursday, August 31, when it hosts Saint Mary's College at 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans will finish their week by hosting #10 USF on Sunday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

The men’s soccer schedule will make a slight change, as San Jose State has moved its “Rivalry Series” match-up with Santa Clara. The Santa Clara match, originally scheduled for Friday, September 15, will now be played the following week on Friday, September 22. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. In conjunction with the Santa Clara match being moved to September 22, the match with Notre Dame de Namur, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, has been moved to Saturday, September 16. Kick-off time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

SPARTANS SECOND IN MPSF PRE-SEASON POLL

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.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

With just four returning starters and seven returning lettermen, youth will be served this season for the San Jose State men's soccer team. The 2006 squad will feature 19 players who will be wearing Spartan uniforms for the first time.

CAPTAINS, EXPERIENCE AT MIDFIELD

The most experienced part of the Spartan lineup in 2006 will be the midfield group, where senior captains Daniel Perez and Diego Soto return. Perez has started on and off for the past three years, while Soto started 18 games in his first season in an SJSU uniform in 2005 and earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention.

LIVE STATS

Live statistics for the San Jose State-St. Mary’s and San Jose State-USF games will be available for free at www.sjsuspartans.com. Just click on “Live Stats” under “Live” from the top menu bar on the front page.

GOLD ZONE COVERAGE

Beginning with the September 10 match-up with California, all home games inside Spartan Stadium throughout the remainder of the 2006 season, six in all for the SJSU men’s team, will have live video streaming available for a fee on a subscription basis through the “Gold Zone” at www.sjsuspartans.com.