Men's Soccer Hosts A Pair Of Tough Regional Foes

THIS WEEK - SPARTANS HOST CAL POLY AND SEATTLE
The San Jose State University men’s soccer team plays host to a pair of top Far West Region opponents this week as it continues a critical stretch against nationally and regionally-regarded foes. San Jose State first takes on the Mustangs of Cal Poly in prime time on Thursday night, September 18, before awaiting Seattle University for an afternoon date on Sunday, September 21. Both matches will be played inside Spartan Stadium, with Sunday’s affair serving as the second half of another Spartan Soccer doubleheader. The San Jose State women will face Miami (Ohio) beginning at 12:00 p.m., with the men’s game slated for a 2:30 p.m. kick-off.

Admission on both days is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids aged 12 and under, $1.00 for kids in soccer jerseys, and free for students with a valid Tower ID card. Fans that purchase tickets for the women’s game on Sunday, may remain for the men’s match. Live statistics courtesy of JumpTV will be available free of charge for all three contests at SJSUSpartans.com.

The Seattle match will also conclude a season-opening run of home games for San Jose State, during which the Spartans will have played seven of their first eight contests in friendly confines, including their two exhibitions. After taking to the road for its next five matches, San Jose State will conclude the 2008 regular season with five of its final seven games in San Jose.

The Spartans are 2-1-1 overall and an undefeated 2-0-1 at home this year. Cal Poly comes in at 3-2 overall and off a 2-1 overtime victory at four-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion New Mexico, while Seattle heads into a Friday match with a 5-1 mark.

GAME #5
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-1-1, 0-0 MPSF)
vs. CAL POLY (3-2, 0-0 BWC)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:00 P.M.

GAME #6
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-1-1, 0-0 MPSF)
vs. SEATTLE UNIVERSITY (5-1)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2:30 P.M.


LIVE STATS
Live stats will be available free of charge for all San Jose State men’s and women’s soccer matches played inside Spartan Stadium throughout the 2008 season at SJSUSpartans.com. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also click on Schedule/Results from each soccer home page and access the live stats from there. JumpTV has re-designed the look of the live stats this year. Links will also be made available at the same locations for live stats for most road contests.

2008 SPARTAN SOCCER TICKET INFORMATION
For the San Jose State University men’s and women’s soccer programs throughout the 2008 season, cost of admission for matches inside Spartan Stadium 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. No admission will be charged for games at Spartan Field.

SPARTANS KNOCK OFF USF ON DRAMATIC CUKAR GOAL
San Jose State snapped a four-game losing skid to area rival University of San Francisco with a dramatic 1-0 triumph in double overtime on a 105th-minute strike from outside by junior midfielder Nick Cukar on Wednesday night, September 10. The Spartans then dropped their first game of the new campaign during their first road foray of 2008, to then-29th-ranked UC Davis, 2-0, on Sunday, September 14. Lewis Sweeney notched the shutout in goal against the Dons, while also playing all 90 minutes in the UCD match. Ricky Dorrego and Hiroki Akiyama were each credited with assists on Cukar’s fourth career game-winner. Akiyama had six shots.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-1-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. CAL POLY (3-2, 0-0 BWC)
Cal Poly, located in San Luis Obispo, Calif., is a second straight Spartan opponent from the Big West Conference. The Mustangs are 3-2 and ranked fifth in the latest NSCAA/adidas Far West Region Poll. They are also receiving votes in the latest College Soccer News national poll.

Cal Poly is coming off a split of two games at the New Mexico/Nike Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., last weekend. The Mustangs dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Missouri State on Friday, September 12, before posting a 2-1 upset over the Spartans’ Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival and then-23rd-ranked host New Mexico on Sunday, September 14. Both goals against the Lobos came on headers from redshirt freshman defender Patrick Sigler, the first two of his career, on crosses from sophomore midfielder Kyle Montgomery. Senior Eric Branagan-Franco (1.00 GAA, 15 saves) has played every minute in goal for Cal Poly.

San Jose State holds a 3-2-2 edge in the series since 2000, with the teams hooking up once each year with the exception of the 2007 season. Cal Poly has won the past two meetings and is undefeated in the past four, with a pair of scoreless draws in 2003 and 2004. The last Spartan victory was a 2-1 defeat in San Luis Obispo in 2002.

Paul Holocher, a former standout player at Santa Clara University and in Major League Soccer, is in his third season in charge at Cal Poly, now with an overall record of 21-14-8. The Mustangs were picked to finish third in the Big West Preseason Coaches’ Poll. They went 11-4-4 overall and 6-2-4 in league play in placing third in 2007.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-1-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. SEATTLE (5-1)
Seattle, the NCAA Division II national champion in 2004, has begun the reclassification process back up to the Division I level this year. Seattle is a perfect 5-0 against the Division I opponents on its 2008 schedule, with its lone loss coming to Division II foe Chico State, 1-0, at home on September 5. The Redhawks have knocked off Cleveland State (1-0) and North Florida (3-0), both in shutout fashion on a neutral field in Irvine, Calif., and routed Howard University, 9-1, in Corvallis, Ore. Last weekend, Seattle edged Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Atlantic on the road by the identical score of 2-1, with the latter in double overtime on a goal by sophomore forward Wesley Van Hooser.

The Redhawks are currently in the “Also receiving votes” category in the NSCAA/adidas Far West Region poll.

San Jose State and Seattle have not met since at least the 2000 season, and possibly ever, heading into Sunday’s contest. The Redhawks went 15-3-1 overall and 6-1-1 while placing first in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference a year ago, earning a NCAA Championship berth and suffering a first-round loss to Sonoma State. They return 15 letterwinners from that squad.

Heading into a road match at Concordia University Irvine on Friday, September 19, third-year head coach Brad Agoos has compiled a record of 32-12-2.