The San Jose State University men’s soccer team is in action just once this week, hosting Cal State East Bay in a second and final exhibition match for the 2008 season, on Thursday night, September 4. Kick-off inside Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids aged 12 and under, $1.00 for kids in soccer jerseys, and free, as always, for students with a valid Tower ID card. Live statistics courtesy of JumpTV will be available free of charge at SJSUSpartans.com.
Head coach Gary St. Clair’s Spartans are off to an undefeated start to the new campaign at 1-0-1. San Jose State blanked Notre Dame de Namur University of Belmont, Calif., a program new to the NCAA Division II, 3-0, in its opener last Friday afternoon, August 29, on Spartan Field.
On Sunday night, August 31, San Jose State played Stanford University to a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime sessions, with both goals coming within the first five minutes of the match, and both sides finishing the contest with 10 men on the field due to red-card ejections in a physical and entertaining meeting between the area rivals in front of 613 spectators.
Four different players have accounted for the Spartans’ goals so far on the year in Hiroki Akiyama, Gavin Wenyon, Stephen Cordova and Ricky Dorrego. Junior striker Colby Moore has assisted on two of those scores, while senior Lewis Sweeney has played all 200 minutes in goal, with a miniscule 0.45 goals-against-average, four saves and the one shutout over the NDNU Argos.
Cal State East Bay, an independent member of the NCAA Division III, is located in Hayward, Calif. Formerly known as Cal State Hayward, the Pioneers and Spartans last faced off in exhibition action on August 25, 2006, with San Jose State coming away with a 3-0 shutout victory in Spartan Stadium. Current senior tri-captain Ed Brand scored the middle goal off a penalty kick late in the first half, as the Spartans out-shot the visitors, 26-7.
Following Thursday night’s exhibition, San Jose State will have five days to prepare for another area rivalry match at home, this time with the University of San Francisco, on Wednesday night, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium. The Spartans and Dons played a thrilling match at USF’s Negoesco Stadium a season ago, with the home side holding off SJSU for a 3-2 victory.
San Francisco is a member of the West Coast Conference, and has an overall record of 0-2 after two narrow defeats, both by the final score of 1-0, at the 2008 Lakeside Classic, hosted by Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., this past weekend. The Dons are idle until their visit to Spartan Stadium. Sophomores Jonathan McMullen and Justin Warren were each named to the Lakeside Classic All-Tournament Team.