Men's Soccer Hosts USF, Travels To No. 29 UC Davis

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HOST USF, TRAVEL TO UC DAVIS FOR PAIR OF KEY MATCHES
The San Jose State University men’s soccer team play a pair of top area rivals this week, hosting the University of San Francisco on Wednesday night, September 10, before traveling for the first time in 2008 to Davis, Calif., to take on the Aggies of UC Davis on Sunday afternoon, September 14.

Kick-off inside Spartan Stadium against USF is set for 7:00 p.m. as San Jose State concludes a season-long five-match homestand, though two of those contests were of the exhibition variety. The Spartans are undefeated at 1-0-1, and out-scored its two opponents, 11-1, over the two exhibition victories. San Jose State’s last regular-season game was back on Sunday night, August 31, when they played to a 1-1 home draw with Stanford. The Spartans only played once last week, routing Cal State East Bay in exhibition action, 6-1, on Thursday night, September 4.

Admission to the USF match 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.

On Sunday, San Jose State plays its first road contest of the new season, as the Spartans also play their first ranked opponent of 2008 in No. 29 UC Davis, a 2007 NCAA Championship participant. The Aggies, new to the NCAA Division I and Big West Conference, head into the weekend at 3-1 overall, having tallied eight goals as a team over its first four games. Start time at Aggie Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

GAME #3
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0-1, 0-0 MPSF)
vs. UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO (0-2, 0-0 WCC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7:00 P.M.

GAME #4
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0-1, 0-0 MPSF)
at No. 29 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (3-1)
AGGIE SOCCER STADIUM, DAVIS, CALIF.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1:00 P.M.


SPARTANS ROLL OVER PIONEERS IN EXHIBITION FINALE
Last Thursday night, September 4, San Jose State got a goal and two assists from Oscar Yniguez and two second-half goals by Ricky Dorrego en route to a 6-1 exhibition demolition of Cal State East Bay here at Spartan Stadium. Robert JacksonStephen Cordova and Efrain Burgos, Jr., also scored. Richard Mann made two saves over 90 minutes in net. The Spartans out-shot the Pioneers, 26-8.

SAN JOSE STATE (1-0-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. SAN FRANCISCO (0-2, 0-0 WCC)
USF went 0-2 at the 2008 Lakeside Classic in Evanston, Ill., to open its season. The Dons lost both games by the identical score of 1-0, against then-20th-ranked tournament host Northwestern (8/29) and Northern Illinois (8/31). Their sophomore duo of Jonathan McMullen and Justin Warren were selected to the All-Tournament Team. Jeremy Coupe, a Cal Poly transfer, and fellow senior Eric Conner, a UCLA transfer, played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Dons against Northwestern and Northern Illinois, respectively. Coupe made a pair of saves. USF managed a combined 12 shots in the two matches, with just three on goal.

USF has won four consecutive meetings between these teams, including an exhilirating 3-2 affair at Negoesco Stadium a year ago (9/9). In that match, Julio Gonzalez got the Spartans on the board first with an unassisted goal off a Don defensive error in the sixth minute. The hosts then got a pair of free-kick goals from senior defender Daniel DeGeer, the first two scores of his college career, late in the first half to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Kyle Schlumpf, himself now a senior defender, notched what proved to be the game-winning score on a third set piece by USF, getting his foot to a DeGeer corner kick in the 48th minute. Colby Moore’s opportunistic strike off a Ricky Dorrego feed at 86:59 set up a frenetic finish, but the Dons were able to hold on. Richard Mann made three saves in goal for San Jose State. Conner had two stops for USF.

In their last visit to San Jose, the then-10th-ranked Dons posted a 2-0 shutout victory on September 3, 2006, tallying scores approximately 15 minutes into each half, the first via a Spartan own goal, and benefitting from a first-half red card. Mann also played the full 90 minutes in that meeting, making two saves. The last San Jose State victory in the series came on October 5, 2003, when the Spartans, ranked 23rd in the nation at the time, won at home by the score of 3-0.

In between, USF also produced a 3-1 home triumph on September 23, 2005, and a 2-1 decision in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 18, 2004, as part of the Santa Clara adidas Classic. Current first-year Spartan volunteer assistant coach Dan Benton made one save in goal for San Jose State that day. Earlier results this decade included USF wins of 2-0 at home on September 15, 2002, and 5-2 in San Jose on September 27, 2001, as well as a 2-0 shutout by the Spartans at Negoesco on September 15, 2000. In all, USF owns a 6-2 series edge since the 2000 season.

Erik Visser is in his eighth season in charge at his alma mater, with an overall record of 70-57-9. The Dons were picked to finish fourth in the WCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

SAN JOSE STATE (1-0-1, 0-0 MPSF) at No. 29 UC DAVIS (3-1, 0-0 BWC)
UC Davis, ranked 29th nationally by College Soccer News, is coming off a 1-1 split of two games at the 2008 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend. The Aggies did not face the tournament hosts, four-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion University of New Mexico. The Aggies dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to eventual champion Louisville on Friday, September 5, before defeating Michigan State on Sunday, September 7, 4-2.

UC Davis is also receiving votes in the latest NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Times national poll. The NSCAA has the Aggies rated fourth in the Far West.

Senior forward Sule Anibaba and redshirt freshman defender Nate Jarman earned All-Tournament Team honors for the Aggies. UC Davis is led, however, by Quincy Amarikwa. The senior forward has a team-leading eight points from a team-best four goals. He was named Big West Conference Player of the Week, as well as earning a spot on both the Soccer America and College Soccer News National Team of the Week on September 1-2, following an opening weekend that saw him score three goals in home wins over Long Island (8/29) and Cal State Bakersfield (8/31) to give UCD the Copa de Causeway Classico title. Senior midfielder Dylan Curtis has six points from one goal and four assists off a pair of two-assist efforts against Long Island and Michigan State. Sophomore Ryan McCowan has played every minute in goal and has posted a 0.99 goals-against-average with seven saves and one shutout.

The Spartans and Aggies have not met this decade. UC Davis head coach Dwayne Shaffer, the 2007 Big West Coach of the Year, has compiled an overall record of 119-80-19 in his 11-plus seasons in charge. In its first official year of Division I membership a year ago, the Aggies won 12 games, finished second in the Big West and became the first UCD program to qualify for a Division I Championship.