Men's Soccer Looks To Rebound With Two Matches

The San Jose State University men's soccer team looks to snap a four-game losing skid with a pair of matches this week. The Spartans, now 1-4 following a 4-1 season-opening home defeat of 2008 NCAA post-season participant UC Davis, first hosts Notre Dame de Namur University (0-6) on Wednesday night, September 16. Kick-off inside Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. San Jose State then busses down to San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Saturday, September 19, to face the Cal Poly Mustangs (0-4), another NCAA qualifier from 2008, at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Sunday, September 20, beginning at 1:00 p.m.


at CAL POLY (0-4, 0-0 BWC)

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San Jose State's game on Sunday, September 20, at Cal Poly, can be heard live on-line for free at QuickTime 6 or better is required. Game time is 1:00 p.m. from Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Notre Dame de Namur, an NCAA Division II program and Pacific West Conference member located in Belmont, Calif., is still searching for its first victory of 2009. The Argonauts are now 0-6.

Sophomore forward Cristobal Montes was selected as the Pacific West Preseason Player of the Year, while the Argos were picked to finish third. Montes and senior sweeper Oswaldo Hernandez were named to the NSCAA/adidas Division II All-West Region second team in 2008. Montes also earned PacWest Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year distinction.

NDNU earned a PacWest crown and the school's first NCAA Championship berth last season, falling to eventual Division II national champion Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0. The Argos went 14-4-3 and finished as one of the top defensive teams in the nation with 12 shutouts and a 0.72 goals-against-average. 

San Jose State blanked the Argos, 3-0, last August 29. The teams had met each season from 2002-06, with all of these last six matches taking place in San Jose. The Spartans are 5-1 in those games, with three straight wins. The lone Argo victory came in overtime, 3-2, on September 1, 2004.

BJ Noble is in his first season as the Argonauts' director of soccer.

SAN JOSE STATE (1-4, 0-0 MPSF) at CAL POLY (0-4, 0-0 BWC)
Like NDNU, Cal Poly is also after its first win of the 2009 campaign, and hosts San Jose State's conference rival, Sacramento State, on Friday night, September 18, at 7:00 p.m., prior to welcoming the Spartans. The Mustangs are coming off a program-best season which saw them reach the NCAA Championship second round for the first time, following a 2-1 triumph at UCLA. Cal Poly boasted the third-best per-game home attendance nationally at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Cal Poly returns forward David Zamora, who has one of the team's three goals on the year, and fellow junior Ryan Anderson, who accounted for the tournament goal at UCLA.

These teams last faced off in a thriller at Spartan Stadium a year ago, which ended in a 2-2 tie after a pair of scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, on September 18. Nick Cukar opened teh scoring for San Jose State in the 13th minute, before Freshman All-America defender Patrick Sigler scored twice on headers from corner kicks to give the visitors a 2-1 edge. Senior center back Ed Brand finally equalized for the Spartans with a penalty kick at the 89:01 mark. The teams have met every season this decade, with the exception of the 2007 campaign. San Jose State holds a narrow 3-2-3 edge in the series during that time, having gone 2-1-1 in San Luis Obispo.

Former Santa Clara University standout and Major League Soccer player Paul Holocher is 29-22-14 in his fourth season in charge at Cal Poly. He was previously the head coach at UC Santa Cruz.

San Jose State concluded a season-long four-game road stretch with a pair of tough one-goal losses last weekend. The Spartans suffered a second straight 1-0 defeat at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday afternoon, September 11, with the lone goal coming in the 51st minute. In just his second collegiate appearance, Tyler Newman made four saves in net. The Spartans out-shot the Lions, 17-13.

On Sunday afternoon, September 13, San Jose State allowed two goals within the first 20 minutes and could not rebound, falling 2-1 to the UC Riverside Highlanders at UCR Soccer Stadium in Riverside, Calif. Back in the Spartan goal, Jonathan Lester made five saves over the 90 minutes. The Spartan goal came in the 30th minute by sophomore midfielder Oscar Yniguez. It was his second of 2009, both off free kicks.

After this week's games, San Jose State heads up the freeway to take on a second straight 2008 NCAA Championship participant in Bay Area rival University of San Francisco at Negoesco Stadium next Friday night, September 25. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. Two nights later, on Sunday, September 27, the team welcomes South Bay foe Santa Clara to Spartan Stadium for another 7:00 p.m. showdown.

San Jose State is currently in the midst of a four-game losing skid, with all four losses coming during its season-long four-match road stetch. The Spartans' last run of four straight losses came one year ago, from October 5-17, all against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes to begin the conference season. Despite a six-match unbeaten streak during the remainder of the year, that opening stretch effectively ended San Jose State's bid for a league title. Though all four games of this year's losing stretch have come against non-conference opposition, the circumstances have still been similar in that they have all been narrow defeats. Last year, all four were one-goal decisions. This season, each of the past three losses have been of the one-goal variety, including a pair of 1-0 contests, just like in 2008.

San Jose State had a five-match win streak and seven-match unbeaten run, dating back to late last season, snapped at the OSU/Nike Challenge with a 3-1 loss to host Oregon State on Friday, September 4. The Spartans concluded the 2008 campaign on a tear following four straight one-goal losses (two in overtime) to begin the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation slate. The streak included wins at Air Force and at home over UNLV, New Mexico and Sacramento State after a 1-0 home defeat of Air Force and a 3-3 tie at first-time MPSF champion Denver. The Spartans got off to a 1-0 start in 2009 with a 4-1 home triumph over UC Davis on Tuesday night, September 1. Entering Wednesday's match with Notre Dame de Namur, the Spartans have still won five straight home contests since 2008, by a combined score of 12-3.