San José State men's soccer team travels north to face Pac-12 opponent Oregon State on Friday, September 2, and West Coast Conference foe Portland on Sunday, September 4.
Follow the Oregon State game on live stats (no streaming video) and the Portland game on streaming video and/or live stats from the links below.
MATCHES #3 - 4
San José State (1-0-1) vs. Oregon State (1-0-1)
Friday, September 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. PT
Paul Lorenz Field
San José State (1-0-1) vs. Portland (1-1-0)
Sunday, September 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m. PT
BEST START IN TOBIN ERA:
The Spartans are off to their best opening weekend start under third-year head coach Simon Tobin’s tenure. The last time the Spartans started the season 1-0-1 was in 2011.
The Spartans are ranked 10th regionally in the initial National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I men’s poll. Four other WAC schools (Utah Valley, Seattle, UNLV and Grand Canyon) are ranked in the August 30 released poll.
SERIES HISTORY WITH OREGON STATE:
Oregon State leads San José State 6-1-0 in the all-time series dating back to 1954. The two teams have not played each other since 2013. This will be the fifth time San José State has played at Oregon State with the Spartans’ lone win coming in 1994.
SERIES HISTORY WITH PORTLAND:
Since 1954, this will be the fourth meeting between the Spartans and the Pilots with the series tied at 1-1-1. The last meeting was in 1999 on a neutral site when the Pilots beat the Spartans 1-0 in overtime.
STRONG START FOR TUCAKOVIC:
Nedin Tucakovic, a sophomore transfer from San Diego State, shutout UC Davis in double overtime in his Spartan debut. Logging 110 minutes of playing time, Tucakovic made four saves. In his second game, against Pacific, Tucakovic had five saves including on a penalty kick to keep the score at 2-2. The Spartans eventually won, 3-2 on a made penalty kick by Andrew Mendoza. Tucakovic’s nine save total is tied for the WAC lead and 24th nationally. His 200 minutes at goal is good for 11th nationally.
TEMPORARY HOME FOR MEN’S SOCCER:
San José State will host its 2016 home matches at the football practice facility located on Stadium Way, next to the Koret Athletic Performance Center. Fans attending home matches should plan to park in the lot on the west side of Seventh Street. There are no bleachers or seats provided, so plan to bring your own lawn chair or blanket and follow on-site directions for seating areas. There is no admission charge for home matches in 2016, with the exception of the September 23 matchup against UC-Riverside at Spartan Stadium.
All eight San josé State home matches will be streamed live online via the Spartan Digital Network. Links to view each contest will be available on the men’s soccer schedule page at SJSUspartans.com.
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WAC PRESEASON POLL:
San José State was predicted to finish fifth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches, who could not vote for their own team. Defending regular season and conference tournament champion, Seattle University collected nine first place votes to take the top spot. Utah Valley earned the remaining two first places to take second.
PLAYING THE BEST:
The Spartans play four teams that made the NCAA tournament last year. They play the defending national champion Stanford on September 10 and Santa Clara on September 28, both on the road. Defending WAC champion and preseason favorites Seattle University (October 6) come to San Jose as will WAC runner-up Utah Valley (October 23).
A QUICK LOOK AT THE SPARTANS:
The Spartans return seven starters and 11 letterwinners from a squad that qualified for the WAC tournament last year. Fourteen newcomers including six transfers with college playing experience compliment the returnees. Three-year letterwinner Rory Knibbs was named captain by Head Coach Simon Tobin. Knibbs tops the team with 56 games started in his Spartan career.
TWO SPARTANS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM:
Rory Knibbs and Jonathan Colunga were named to the preseason All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team by a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches. For Knibbs, it is his third preseason All-WAC honors and the second such honor for Colunga.
Knibbs, a senior forward from London, England, led the team in goals (11), points (23), shots (60), shots on goal (30) and game winners (4) in 2015. His 23 points were the most on the team since 2002. The 11 goals were third most by a WAC player last year and his 23 points were fourth most.
Colunga, a senior midfielder from Lindsay, Calif. led the team in assists (4), and finished second in goals (4), points (12), shots (47) and shots on goal (21).
KNIBBS’ CAREER SNAPSHOT:
Three-time All-WAC honoree Rory Knibbs is tied for fourth all-time on the WAC career list with 63 points and third all-time in goals with 29. Knibbs is four points away from tying for third all-time and three goals away from tying for second all time.
SUMMER TO REMEMBER:
Over the summer, San José State University hosted national teams from Chile, Jamaica and Argentina, including the world’s best player, Lionel Messi, at the SJSU football practice facility. San José State also hosted English Premier League (EPL) power, Arsenal.
The three national teams selected San José State as its practice site for the Copa America Centenario men’s soccer tournament, which pitted 16 teams from North, Central and South America in an international regional championship tournament that is only rivaled worldwide in prestige by the European Championship.
Arsenal practiced at San José State as a preparation to play against the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars.