Men's Soccer: 9th-Ranked Spartans to Host Stanford, Air Force

This week
San Jose State University's men's soccer team, ranked ninth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25 coaches poll, returns to Spartan Stadium for two games this week.

The Spartans host Stanford, ranked 13th in the NSCAA coaches poll, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. San Jose State then returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action Sunday with a Mountain Division contest against the Air Force Academy. That game begins at 12:00 noon.

San Jose State is 7-0 overall. The Spartans are 1-0 in the Mountain Division of the MPSF.

Stanford, which is ranked 13th in this week's NSCAA coaches poll, is 6-0 overall, 0-0 in the Pac-10. Air Force is 2-2-1 overall and opens its conference schedule against the Spartans.

Spartans in the nationally rankings
San Jose State is ranked ninth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) coaches Top 25 poll, released earlier today. The Spartans received 265 points. Last week the Spartans werre ranked 19th with 67 points. San Jose State was 24th the Sept. 11th 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.

The Spartans were also among teams receiving votes in last week's Soccer America top 25 poll. SJSU received 31 votes

For the second straight week San Jose State also received votes in this week's NSCAA top 20 media poll.

Spartans in the regional rankings
San Jose State moved up two notches to second in this week's NSCAA Far West regional ranking. The Spartans were ranked seventh in the first regional ranking of the season, then spent two weeks in the fourth spot.

Martinez again receives MPSF honor
SJSU senior midfielder Jorge Martinez was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Player of the Week today (Monday). It is the second straight week Martinez has received the honor.

Martinez was named the Most Valuable Player after leading San Jose State to the tournament title at the LMU Fall Classic, hosted by Loyola Marymount. He scored both goals in Thursday's 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount, then added two more goals in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Loyola University Chicago.

More on Martinez
Jorge Martinez leads the MPSF and all NCAA Division 1 players in points per game. He is averaging 3.71 points per game (26 points in seven games). His total points also tops all MPSF players. Martinez is second in the national statistics in goals per game, at 1.57 (11 goals).

Humphreys flawless in goal
Spartan goalkeeper Chris Humphreys has been the goalkeeper in all six San Jose State shutouts this season. He also did not allow a goal while playing the first half of SJSU's season opening 8-1 win over Cal State San Bernardino - a total of 585 minutes without allowing a goal.

Humphreys is now tied for fifth in single season shutouts. He is tied for fourth in career shutouts, with 10.

In the NCAA Division 1 national statistics, Humphreys is one of two goalkeepers who have not allowed a goal this season. He is also one of two goalkeepers in the MPSF who has not allowed a goal this year (the other does not qualify for the NCAA national statistics).

Lyssand tops in assists
Lars Lyssand leads the MPSF Mountain Division in assists, with seven. He is second in the NCAA Division 1 national statistics in assists per game, at 1.00.

Spartans continue shutout string
The two shutout wins at the LMU Fall Classic increased San Jose State's streak of consecutive shutouts this season to six. The school record for consecutive shutouts is seven, set during the 1971 season. The Spartan goalkeeper that season was current SJSU head coach Gary St. Clair. The record for shutouts in a season is nine, set in 1968.

SJSU one of five unbeaten teams in U.S.
San Jose State is the only team in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation that is still undefeated. The Spartans are also one of just five teams nationwide with an undefeated and untied record. San Jose State and Penn State are both 7-0-0, while Stanford, UCLA and Stony Brook are 6-0-0. Four other teams have not lost but have been tied once.

Head Coach Gary St. Clair
Gary St. Clair is in his 11th season as San Jose State's head coach. His career record is 92-96-13 (.489).