SJSU Game Notes
The San José State University men’s soccer team plays its fourth consecutive road game on Sunday, September 18, against Sacramento State at 12:00 p.m. (PT). The Spartans look to break their three-game losing streak and get their first win on the road this season. Live statistics are available through the SJSU men’s soccer schedule page or by using the link below.
San José State (1-3-1) vs. Sacramento State (*1-3-0)
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m. PT
*Sacramento State plays a game on Thursday, September 15, ahead of the game with San José State.
2016 SPARTAN QUICK HITS:
San José State is looking for their first road win of the season (0-3-1 road record) against Sacramento State. Spartans will be playing their fourth consecutive road game, losing the first three at Oregon State (L, 3-0), at Portland (L, 2-1, OT) and at Stanford (L, 4-1). Five different players have scored a goal this season, including a career first for sophomore Andrew Mendoza, on a game-winning penalty kick against Pacific. Jeremy Romero, a transfer from CSU East Bay, scored his first goal as a Spartan against Stanford. Senior Jonathan Colunga is the only Spartan with a goal and an assist (2) this year and leads the team in points with four.
LAST TIME AGAINST SACRAMENTO STATE:
San José State last played Sacramento State in the 2015 season home opener (Sept. 4), winning 4-2. The Spartans allowed two early Hornets goals in the first half, before Rory Knibbs scored three goals for the Spartans in a seven and a half minute span. Zach Penner scored the fourth goal, his first as a Spartan. Alex Alcaraz assisted on two of Knibbs’ goals along with Penner’s goal to finish the game with three assists.
SERIES HISTORY WITH SACRAMENTO STATE:
San José State leads Sacramento State, 31-15-4, in the all-time series dating back to 1954. The Spartans had a 12 game unbeaten streak from 1972 to 1986, winning 10 consecutive games during the span. It’s the longest unbeaten and winning streaks for either teams. Once the Hornets broke that streak, it went on its own streak, going unbeaten in six games against the Spartans from 1987 to 1992, winning five of those consecutively.
“I’ve known Sacramento State head coach Linenberger for many years and it’s always a competitive game playing against his teams. This year will be no different. It’ll be a challenge going on the road again, as we have all season, playing against teams from the West Coast Pac-12 and Big West conferences.”
-Spartans head coach Simon Tobin
Live Stats will be available for the match (http://statb.us/b/135718).
San José State will look to change the trend as the Spartans have been outshot in each of its five games including shots on goal and corner kicks. For the season, the Spartans have been outshot 101-48, including 36-13 on shots on goal and 33-14 on corner kicks.
Spartans goalkeeper Nedin Tucakovic leads the WAC in saves with 24, three more than CSU Bakersfield's Nicolas Clever.
After starting the season with five road games out of the first six, the Spartans return home for two matches next week on Friday, September 23, against UC Riverside at CEFCU stadium and Sunday, September 25, versus Loyola Marymount.