San Jose, Calif. – Looking to get back on track following a pair of losses last week, the San Jose State men’s soccer team returns to Spartan Soccer Field to host UC Davis and then travels to southern California for a meeting with the University of San Diego.
San José State (1-3-0)
vs. UC Davis (1-4-0)
Wednesday, September 16, 5:00 p.m.
Spartan Soccer Field, San Jose, Calif.
Live stats and streaming video at www.sjsuspartans.com
at San Diego (2-2-2)
Sunday, September 20, 5:00 p.m.
Torero Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
Streaming video at www.TheW.tv
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
Last week’s two game road trip was an unpleasant one for San José State. The team was shut out at both #13 Stanford (1-0) and then at Pacific (3-0). Rory Knibbs, coming off WAC Player of the Week honors, led the team with six shots. He ranks fourth in the WAC in goals (3) and fifth in points (5). Alex Alcaraz is tied for the conference lead with three assists. The Spartans are 1-0-0 at home and 0-3-0 on the road in 2015.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS
The Aggies enter its game at San José State with a 1-4-0 record and are 0-3-0 on the road. Last week, UC Davis was in Berkeley and dropped a 2-1 decision to the California Bears. Four players have scored a single goal for the Aggies led by Lucas Mohageg, who with one assist, tops the squad with three points. Keeper Kris Schultz has the most time in goal for the team (347:48 in four games and three starts). His GAA is 2.85 and he has a .500 save percentage with a 0-3-0 record.
In his 19th year coaching collegiate men’s soccer, Dwayne Shaffer has an overall record of 181-146-45 and is 174-136-44 with the Aggies.
This will be the 20th meeting, since 1956, between these two northern California rivals. The Spartans hold a slight edge in the series 10-8-1 and after dropping five of the first six meetings have gone 10-3-0.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO
The Toreros will play at Cal State Fullerton on Friday before hosting the Spartans on Sunday. USD enters the week with a 2-2-2 record, including a 2-1-1 mark in Torero Stadium. Last week they went 0-1-1 earning a 1-1 tie against UC Irvine before falling to SIUE 2-0. Keegan Smith leads the Toreros attack with three goals. Djordje Babic has two assists to top the team in that category. Keeper Thomas Olsen has played every minute this year for San Diego. He has a 2-2-2 record and a 1.09 GAA.
Seamus McFadden is the only coach USD has ever had roaming its sidelines. He brings a 361-266-62 record in 36 seasons into 2015.
This will be just the second meeting between these programs. The only time the two met was in 1995 in San Diego. The Toreros won that matchup 2-1.