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September 8, 2010
Men's Soccer Preview
The San Jose State men's soccer team (2-1) hits the road this week, traveling to the Cal State Fullerton Tournament, September 10 & 12 in Fullerton, Calif. The Spartans open up the tournament on Friday, facing host Cal State Fullerton (0-0-2) at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans then rounds out the tournament on Sunday, taking on Cal State Northridge (0-2) at 11:30 a.m.
Words from head coach Gary St. Clair.
Q: How does this past weekend play, prepare the team for the upcoming matches?
A: "Performance is everything for us. We (SJSU Soccer) play two very quality opponents this weekend. The key in training is to prepare for the next game-set. Our pre-season matches along with staying healthy will hopefully put ourselves in a groove to play well."
Q: How is the team playing overall?
A: "We have been playing very well. The team has responded very well in the circumstances we have faced. Our goal is to win games at home and to play extremely well on the road. We play two solid teams this weekend and hopefully we can get into a mid-season stride."
The SJSU-CSUF Series
CSUF holds a 13-10-3 advantage in the all-time series with San Jose State. The two teams last met in '06 at Spartan Stadium, the Spartans fell short in overtime, 3-2.
The SJSU-CSUN Series
San Jose State owns a 7-4-1 advantage in the all-time series lead with CSUN. The last time the two met in '03, the Matador's blanked the Spartans 5-0 at Northridge.
Spartans Lose Overtime Battle At UC Davis
San Jose State played UC Davis to a 0-0 tie in regular time until being downed in overtime, 1-0, on September 5. With the loss, the Spartans' fall to 2-1 on the season. Josh Boemecke led the Spartans with three of the team's seven shots. Boemecke came close to pounding one in at the 66:02 mark, but UC Davis back-up goalkeeper Tommy Siragusa made a diving save.
Cal State Fullerton
The Titans return a veteran lineup from last year's 8-9-2 squad that was 4-5-1 in the Big West Conference. Head coach Bob Ammann begins his fifth season as head coach after a long career with the Titans as first a goalkeeper and later an assistant coach.
Cal State Northridge
After narrowly missing out on a playoff spot in 2008, and earning the final slot available for the Big West Men's Soccer Postseason Tournament in 2009, head coach Terry Davila and his team return one senior for their 2010 campaign. Twelve members of last year's squad graduated and are no longer on the roster.