Men's Soccer Plays Twice This Week

San Jose, Calif. - This week the San Jose State men's soccer team hosts the Otters of Cal State Monterey Bay in an exhibition match on Wednesday, August 31and then returns to regular season action on Sunday, September 4 at Saint Mary's.

EXHIBITION
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0)
vs. CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY (0-0)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 7:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.

GAME 2
at SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE (1-0)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 3:00 P.M.
SAINT MARY'S STADIUM, MORAGA, CALIF.

SCOUTING MONTEREY BAY
The Otters are coming off a 1-14-2 record in 2010,  1-13-2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action. Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) , an Division II school, tallied 11 goals last season and senior defender Beau Villanueva (2 G, 2A, 6 pts) is the leading goal scorer returning from last season.

Senior keeper Sam Campanelli (2.46 GAA, .675 save %) should be in goal for the Otters.

Rob Cummings was named head men's soccer coach at Cal State Monterey Bay in March of this year.  Cummings was previously the associate head  coach at Midwestern State (TX) for the past four seasons.  During his tenure at MSU, he helped the Mustangs to two Final Four appearances and four Lone Star Conference crowns.

SCOUTING SAINT MARY'S
The Gaels opened their season, in Saint Mary's Stadium,  last Saturday, August 27 with a 1-0 win over UC Davis.  A header in the 67th minute by Justin Howard was the difference.

Last season Saint Mary's wen t 10-8-1 overall and  6-6-0 and fifth place in the West Coast Conference (WCC).

The Gaels return two second-team All-WCC performers, defender/forward Malcolm Alugas (1 G, 1 A, 3 pts.) and keeper Doug Herrick (1.07 GAA and .810 save percentage).  Also back is defender Patrick Watson, a 2010 WCC All-Freshman Team honoree.

Head coach Adam Cooper is in his sixth season leading Saint Mary's.  He is the only men's soccer coach in school history to lead the Gaels to the NCAA Tournament (2009).

SPARTANS DISPATCH SUNBIRDS 4-1 IN SEASON OPENER
The San Jose State Spartans men's soccer team scored four times, all by reserves, and beat the Sunbirds of Fresno Pacific 4-1 on Friday night in Spartan Stadium.

In the 31st minute, San Jose State's Dylan Murphy put the Spartans on the board. Craig Hertler played a cross from near sideline to Nick Cashmere at the top of the 18.  Murphy broke to the net, taking the pass from Cashmere and fired a shot to the far post for his first goal as a Spartan. 

Just over two minutes into the second half the Sunbirds tied the game up.  Three minutes later, at the 50:47 mark, Murphy struck again.  He picked up a loose ball at the top of the 18 and blasted it to the upper left corner of the net to put the San Jose State back in front 2-1. 

Barely a minute later, at 51:45, Roberto Casteneda fed Hertler the ball at the far left corner of the penalty box.  Hertler bent a shot to the far post for a 3-1San Jose State lead.  It was his firstcollegiate goal in his first college match, after earning four letters on the Spartan baseball team. 

Cashmere, who assisted on the Spartan first goal, scored the fourth for San Jose State.  In the 68th minute he took a pass from Steven Sanchez and hammered a shot past Sunbirds' goalie Steven Waite for the final score of 4-1.

RESERVES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
San Jose State got all four of its goals against Fresno Pacific from players off the bench.

Dylan Murphy and Craig Hertler scored their first goals in a Spartan uniform.  For Hertler his came in his first match as a Spartan,  He earned four varsity letters playing on the San Jose State baseball team.

SPARTANS TAKE FOURTH HOME OPENER IN A ROW

With its 4-1 win over Fresno Pacific, San Jos e State men's soccer has won now won its last four home openers.  The Spartans have not lost a home opener since a 0-2 loss to Santa Clara in 2007.

ST. CLAIR THREE VICTORIES SHY OF 200
In their 4-1 win over Fresno Pacific, head coach Gary St. Clair notched his 197 career victory.  He is three wins shy of the 200 victory plateau and will become just the second Spartans men's soccer coach to reach that lofty number.  Julius Menendez is the all-time wins leader with 295 men's soccer wins.

DYLAN MURPHY
Scored two goals, including the game winner against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...goals were the first of his collegaite career

NICK CASHMERE
Has a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...leads  the team with six shots and four shots on goal.

CRAIG HERTLER
Has a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26), both tallies were the first of his Spartans career.

STEVEN SANCHEZ
Had an assist, his first as a Spartan, in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.

ROBERTO CASTENEDA
Had an assist in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.

JONATHAN LESTER
Made one save on eight shots in a 4-1 win over Fresno Pacific.