The San Jose State University men's soccer team travels to Los Angeles this week for the Loyola Marymount Tournament. The Spartans meet host Loyola Marymount Thursday at 3:00 p.m. San Jose State plays Loyola University of Chicago Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
San Jose State enters Thursday's game with a 5-0 season record. The Spartans are 1-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mountain Division.
Spartans in the nationally rankings
San Jose State moved up five spots this week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) coaches Top 25 poll, released earlier today (Monday). The Spartans are ranked 19th with 67 points. San Jose State was 24th in last week's poll, which was the first time San Jose State has been in the rankings since the 1998 season, when the Spartans were ranked as high as third.
San Jose State also received votes in this week's NSCAA top 20 media poll.
Spartans in the regional rankings
San Jose State remained fourth in this week's NSCAA Far West regional rankings. This week's rankings is the third of the season. The Spartans were ranked seventh in the first regional ranking.
Jorge Martinez named MPSF Player of the Week
Senior midfielder Jorge Martinez (Menlo Park, Calif.) was named the MPSF Player of the Week today (Monday). In San Jose State's two victories, he scored three goals and had one assist. He scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in a 2-0 win at USF (San Francisco) on Friday, then scored twice in a 3-0 MPSF Mountain Division win at Sacramento State on Sunday.
Head Coach Gary St. Clair
Gary St. Clair is in his 11th season as San Jose State's head coach. His career record is 90-96-13 (.484). Last season the Spartans finished with a 7-11-2 overall record, 4-6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Spartans join MPSF
San Jose State has joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for men's soccer. The Spartans will compete in the Mountain Division of the MSPF. The other teams in the division are Air Force, University of Denver, Sacramento State and Fresno State. The Pacific Division includes UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, UNLV, New Mexico, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, UC Irvine and San Diego State.
The top two teams from each division will advance to the conference playoffs, to be hosted by the Pacific Division champion. The first round of the playoffs will be held on Nov. 10 with the championship game on Nov. 12. The winner of the Nov. 12 game will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA playoffs.
San Jose State improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Mountain Division with a pair of wins. Both victories were on the road. The Spartans defeated USF, 2-0, on Friday, Sept. 15, and beat Sacramento State 3-0 on Sunday in the MPSF Mountain Division opener for both teams.
Jorge Martinez had the game-winning goal and assisted on the second goal, scored by Frank Sanfilippo, in Friday's win over USF.
On Sunday, Tony Chang gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead on an assist from Lars Lyssand. Martinez scored the next two goals - the first on assists from Sanfilippo and Chang and the second on an assist from Lyssand - to clinch the win.
Chris Humphreys had three saves in Friday's game and two saves in Sunday's game to record his third and fourth solo shutouts of the season.
Jorge Martinez leads both divisions of the Mountain Division Sports Federation in scoring. He has 18 points on seven goals and four assists. His seven goals is also tops in the MPSF for both divisions.
Lars Lyssand and Isaias Bardales are among four players tied for fifth in the Mountain Division in scoring. Lyssand has five points, all on assists, while Bardales has scored five points on two goals and one assist.
Frank Sanfilippo, Tony Chang, Fausto Villegas and Thomas Gibson are in a group of 11 players tied for ninth in scoring, all with four points. Sanfilippo, Chang and Villegas all have one goal and two assists this season, while Gibson has two goals.
Chris Humphreys is tied for the Mountain Division lead in Goals Allowed Average. He has not allowed a goal in 5 games (all starts).
As a team, the Spartans lead the Mountain Division in scoring with 47 total points. San Jose State is also tops in Goals Allowed Average in the division, with a 0.20 GAA.
Spartan Record Book
Spartan goalkeeper Chris Humphreys is among the all-time single season and career leaders at San Jose State for shutouts. He is one of six players with four shutouts in a season. His eight career shutouts puts him in a three-way tie for eighth place.
SJSU's shutout string
San Jose State has recorded shutouts in its last four games. It is the fourth time in school history the Spartans have recorded four consecutive shutouts; San Jose State also had four straight shutouts in 1968, 1970 and 1977. The SJSU school record for consecutive shutouts is seven, set during the 1971 season.