San Jose, Calif. - This week the San Jose State men's soccer team wraps up non-conference action with a pair of matches against Bay Area rivals. On Thursday they host the Santa Clara Broncos before traveling to the University of San Francisco Dons on Sunday.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-1-2)
vs. SANTA CLARA (4-1-1)
THUSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
at SAN FRANCISCO (1-4-1)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2:00 P.M.
NEGOESCO STADIUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA
The Broncos are the third of four West Coast Conference (WCC) teams that San Jose State will face this season. Last weekend they defeated #14 California 4-2 in Berkeley to imporve to 4-1-1 on the season and are ranked No. 5 in this weeks NSCAA regional rankings.
Santa Clara (SCU) was picked, by the WCC head coaches, to finish in third place in league play in 2011. Two players, Mykell Bates (Sr. - D) and Erik Hurtado (Jr. - F), were chosen preseason All-WCC performers.
Hurtado leads the Broncos with four goals and three assists for 11 points. Bates and Glenn Vass have each tallied two goals apiece.
Senior keeper Kevin Klasila (0.83 GAA, .812 save %) has logged all the minutes in goal for the Broncos this year.
Head coach Cameron Rast is in his 10 season at Santa Clara and had a 103-52-34 record entering this season.
SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons enter the week with a 1-4-1 record and are the fourth of four WCC teams that San Jose State plays in 2011. Last Saturday San Francisco tied Stanford 2-2 in Palo Alto.
San Francisco (USF) was picked, by the WCC head coaches, to finish in sixth place in league play in 2011. Vegard Karlsen (So. - MF) was chosen a preseason All-WCC performer.
Freshman Miguel Aguilar and sophomore Mauricio Daiz De Leon lead the Dons with two goals each. Aguilar has added an assist to lead USF with 5 points.
Junior keeper Brendan Roslund has logged all but 90 minutes this season. His goals against average is 1.53 and his save percentage is .733 with a 1-3-1 record.
Erik Visser leads the Dons in his 11 season at the helm of the program. His record entering this year was 79-66-11.
Live stats are available free of charge for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game by clicking on the camera icon. Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section off the men's soccer page at www.sjsuspartans.com.
SPARTANS CRACK TOP-10 IN REGIONAL RANKINGS
In this weeks National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Far West Regional Poll, the Spartans are ranked 10th. It is the first ranking of the season for San Jose State who are one of three MPSF schools in the poll. New Mexico is No. 2 and CSU Bakersfield is No. 9.
ST. CLAIR GOES FOR WIN 200 THIS WEEK
Head Coach Gary St. Clair, in his 22nd year leading the Spartans, earned his 199th career victory in a 2-1 win at Loyola Marymount last Friday. He is now one win shy becoming the second men's soccer head coach in San Jose State history to reach the 200-win plateau. Julius Menendez is the all-time career-wins leader with 295.
PULLING THE TRIGGER...
San Jose State has outshot its opponents 107-to-74 on the season. The Spartans have outshot their opponents in five of their six contests, with only Saint Mary's getting off more shots (16-to-14). They rank second in the MPSF in shots (107) and shots per game (17.83).
San Jose State's shots on goal percentage is .449, with 48-of-107 shots being on frame.
San Jose State has scored seven of its nine goal on the season after the first 45 minutes. In addition, the Spartans have outshot opponents 107-to-74, and cumulatively they have outshot opponents in all but the second overtime of two games. In second overtimes, San Jose State is 1-1 in shots with opponents.
Ranks sixth in the MPSF with two assists...picked up his second assist of the year against UC Riverside (9/18)...his first assists of the season came against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11).
Ranks fourth in game-winning-goals in the MPSF...scored his first goal of the season, the game winner, in the first half against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11)...had an assist in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.
Ranks seventh in the MPSF with three goals and 10th with six points...leads the side with three goals...tallied his third goalof the season to open the scoring against Loyola Marymount (9/16)...scored two goals, including the game winner, against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...goals were the first of his collegaite career.
Ranks sixth in the MPSF with 15 shots...scored the equalizer against UC Riverside (9/18); it was his second goal of the season...had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...second the team with 15 shots and tied for the lead with nine shots on goal.
Had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26), both tallies were the first of his Spartan career.
Collected his first point as a Spartan, an assist, against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11).
Ranks fifth in the MPSF with 16 shots and 10th in points with six...tallied his second goal, the game winner, at Loyola Marymount (9/16)...scored his first goal of the season in the 68th minute against Nebraska Omaha (9/11)...had an assist, his first as a Spartan, in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.
Ranks in the top three in the MPSF in GGA (.077), saves (22), shutouts (2) and saves per game (3.67)...earned his second shutout of the season against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11) in which he made three saves. It is the 14th shutout of his San Jose State career....made one save on eight shots in a 4-1 win over Fresno Pacific...recorded his first shutout of the season and 13th of his career against Saint Mary's (9/4).
SPARTANS GO UNBEATEN OVER THE WEEKEND
With a 2-1 win at Loyola Marymount (LMU) and a 1-1 draw at UC Riverside (UCR) over the weekend, the Spartans went unbeaten last weekend.
Steven Sanchez's goal in the 98th minute was the difference as the Spartans defeated the LMU 2-1 on Friday afternoon. In the 75th minute Allen La Spina made a deep run down the sideline and crossed the ball. Sanchez played it on to Dylan Murphy on the far side of the box. Murphy, from 12 yards out, took it and slotted it away to the right of the Lions' keeper Vince Paldino. It was his team-leading third goal of the season and gave the Spartans a 1-0 advantage.
Nick Cashmere scored his second goal of the year, unassisted in the 89th minute, to send the San Jose State men's soccer team to overtime against the UCR on Sunday afternoon. The teams battled for 21 more minutes before settling for a 1-1 draw.