San Jose, Calif. - This week the San Jose State men's soccer team heads out on its first multi-match road trip when they travel to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount on Friday and then Riverside to take on UC Riverside on Sunday.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-1-1)
at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (2-3-0)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 3:00 P.M.
SULLIVAN FIELD, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
at UC RIVERSIDE (2-2-0)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1:00 P.M.
UCR SOCCER STADIUM, RIVERSIDE, CALIF.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
The Lions are the second of four West Coast Conference (WCC) teams that San Jose State will face this season and start the week in fourth place in their conference. Last weekend they defeated UC Riverside 4-1 before falling to UCLA 2-1.
Loyola Marymount (LMU) was picked by the WCC head coaches to win the league in 2011. Two players, Roger Downs (Sr. - D) and Artur Jozkowicz (Sr. - F/MF), were chosen preseason All-WCC performers.
Connor Hunsicker leads the Lions with two goals and four points. Jozkowicz, David Ponce, Ryan Felix, Jonas Reiter and Mitch Boland have each tallied one goal apiece.
Senior keeper Jack McCormack (1.13 GAA, .762 save %) has logged the majority of the minutes in goal for the Lions this year.
Head coach Paul Krumpe has been at LMU for 14 seasons and has compiled a 119-108-29 record.
SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE
The Highlanders enter the week 2-2-0. They opened the season with a split against two MPSF teams - losing 5-1 to Cal State Bakersfield before defeating Sacramento State 3-0. They then fell to Loyola Marymount 4-1 and last weekend defeated Saint Mary's 1-0.
Senior Cesar Diaz Pizzaro leads UCR with three goals in four games. Ivan Garcia, Hayden Leslie and Aaron Long have one goal each.
Keeper Cody Suppe has logged all but 45 minutes this season. His goals against average is 1.43 and his save percentage is .706.
Junior Gonzalez leads the Highlander in his eighth season at the helm of the program. His record in seven seasons is 34-82-15.
LESTER FOURTH ON SAN JOSE STATE'S CAREER SHUTOUT LIST
With his three save shutout of Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday, Jonathan Lester racked up the 14th clean sheet of his Spartans career and moved alone in to fourth place on the school's career shutout list. The next clean sheet he earns will tie him with Sean Keohane (1976-77) for third place.
ST. CLAIR TWO WINS SHY OF 200
Head Coach Gary St. Clair, in his 22nd year leading the Spartans, earned his 198th career victory in a 2-0 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday. He is now two wins shy becoming the second men's soccer head coach in San Jose State history to reach the 200-win plateau. Julius Menendez is the all-time career-wins leader with 295.
SPARTANS SPLIT WEEKEND MATCHES
After dropping its Friday night match to Cleveland State 2-0, the Spartans got back to winning soccer with a 2-0 win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday afternoon.
With Roberto Casteneda's goal in the 26th minute, San Jose State ended a 248-minute scoreless streak that stretched from the second half of its first game of the season. It was Casteneda's first goal of the season.
In the second half Steven Sanchez notched his first goal. Allen La Spina picked up the ball in Spartans territory and fed Sanchez in the midfield. Jonathan Salceda was making a run down the right sideline and took a pass from Sanchez. Salceda crossed the ball back to Sanchez who popped it over the oncoming keeper.
Keeper Jonathan Lester earned his second shutout of the season and the 14th of his career to move into fourth place on the Spartans career list for shutouts.
Ranks ninth in the MPSF with one assist.
Ranks second in game-winning-goals and ninth in assists in the MPSF...scored his first goal of the season, the game winner, in the first half against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11)...had an assist in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.
Ranks sixth in the MPSF with two goals and is tied for second with one game-winning-goal...scored two goals, including the game winner, against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...goals were the first of his collegaite career.
Ranks sixth in the MPSF with 10 shots and ninth with one assist...has a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...leads the team with 10 shots and five shots on goal.
Ranks ninth in the MPSF with one assist...had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26), both tallies were the first of his Spartan career.
Ranks ninth in the MPSF with one assist.
Ranks ninth in the MPSF with one assist...scored his first goal of the season in the 68th minute against Nebraska Omaha (9/11)...had an assist, his first as a Spartan, in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.
Ranks in the top three in the MPSF in GGA (.071), saves (12), shutouts (2) and saves per game (3.00)...earned his second shutout of the season against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11) in which he made three saves. It is the 14th shutout of his San Jose State career....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).