Men's Soccer Co-Hosts Tournament This Weekend

This week the San Jose State men's soccer team plays host to Cleveland State and Nebraska-Omaha as part of the Inaugural San Jose State/Santa Clara Tournament.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0-1)
vs. CLEVELAND STATE (1-1-0)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 7:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.

VS. NEBRASKA-OMAHA (1-2-0)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 11:00 A.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.

SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE
The Vikings have been picked to finish second in the 2011 Horizon League Preseason Poll after finishing 9-10-1 overall, 4-3-1 in league play in 2010.    

Cleveland State (CSU) looks to senior Manuel Conde, a second team All-Horizon League performer last year, to lead the charge offensively, as well as, senior John Wargo, the team's second-leading scorer from a year ago.  Sophomore Admir Suljevic and junior Cazz Warren scored goals in the Vikings 2-1 win over Bowling Green last Saturday.  CSU dropped its season opener 5-0 to No. 4-ranked Akron.

Junior keeper Brad Stuver (3.00 GAA, .500 save %) has logged all the minutes in goal for the Vikings this year. 

Ali Kazemaini was named head men's soccer coach at Cleveland State in 2006. In his 19 years as a collegiate head coach, Kazemaini has compiled a record of 210-124-27, including 34 victories leading the Vikings.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA-OMAHA
The 2011 season marks the first year of men's soccer at Nebraska-Omaha, as the school transitions from Division II to Division I athletics. 

The Mavericks opened their season with a 2-1 win over University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), but have dropped their last two matches.  They fell 0-2 to No. 9 ranked UC Irvine and 0-6 to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Freshman Logan Mendez and sophomore Mo Salama scored the two goals for the Mavericks in their win on UMKC.

Keeper Josh Christensen has logged all but 1:39 minutes this season.  His goals against average is 3.69 and his save percentage is .500. 

Jason Mims leads the Mavericks in thier inaugural season.  He spent last season on the Penn State coaching staff, and for nine seasons prior to that he was a member of the Creighton coaching staff.  This is his first head coaching job.

LESTER FOURTH ON SAN JOSE STATE'S CAREER SHUTOUT LIST
With his five-save shutout at Saint Mary's on Sunday, Jonathan Lester racked up the 13th clean sheet of his Spartans career and moved in to fourth place on the San Jose State career list for shutouts.

SPARTANS EARN 0-0 TIE AT SAINT MARY'S
After 110 minutes of physical action, the San Jose State men's soccer team and the Gaels of Saint Mary's College ended their meeting 0-0 in Saint Mary's Stadium.  Both teams record now stand at 1-0-1 on the season. 

The teams combined for 37 fouls.  Saint Mary's committed nine in each half and a total of 21 on the day.

With five saves, Spartans keeper Jonathan Lester earned his first clean sheet of the season and the 13th of his San Jose State career.  He moves into a three-way tie for fourth place on the programs all-time list with Ryan Moore (1979-82) and Richard Mann (2005-08). 

The majority of the first 45 minutes was played in the Spartans half of the field.  The Gaels had the majority of the scoring opportunities and outshot the Spartans 8-to-3 including 3-to-1 in shots on goal.

San Jose State's best chance to score came in the last 30 seconds of the half.  From 15-yards out, Craig Hertler collected the ball off a free kick from midfield.  He fed it to Jose Cortez who was six yards out, to the left of Gaels' keeper Doug Herrick. Cortez's shot sailed over the crossbar and the sides went to halftime at 0-0. 

In the second half the Spartans outshot Saint Mary's 8-to-5.  The Gaels only real opportunity was in the 75th minute when Nathan Arambula collected a loose ball in the penalty area and fired ashot that went off the left post. 

Five minutes later, at the 79:46 mark, Roberto Casteneda took a ball and dribbled in from 30-yards out to the top of the box.  He fired a shot just over the crossbar. 

In the 83rd minute, the Spartans had a couple of chances to put the game away.  Nick Cashmere had a shot from in the box that Herrick saved and Cortez took another from the right wing that was booted away on the goal line by a defender. 

Each team got off three shots in the first overtime, with one each being on frame.  In the second extra period neither team was able to get a shot off and the match ended 0-0. 

Casteneda, Cortez, Cashmere, Dan Addiego and Dylan Murphy took two shots each, with all but Casteneda getting a shot on goal.  Hertler, Diego Ochoa, Jonathan Salceda and Allen La Spina each took one shot for the Spartans.  The Gaels were led by Julian Godinez's fours hots.

DYLAN MURPHY
Earned his first start of the season at Saint Mary's (9/4)...second on the team with four shots...scored the first two goals of his collegiate career, including the game winner against Fresno Pacific (8/26).

NICK CASHMERE
Leads the team with eight shots...earned his first start of the season at Saint Mary's (9/4)...had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...leads  the team with five 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...has started both matches this season.

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...recorded his first shutout of the season and 13th of his career against Saint Mary's (9/4).