San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team opens a five-game homestand this week with matches against Cal State Bakersfield and the College of Charleston. The game against CSUB has been changed from its original time and location to Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 3:00 p.m. on Spartan Field. The match against the College of Charleston is slated for Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
These two games are the final non-conference games before the Spartans open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Sunday, Oct. 7. San Jose State currently holds a 3-4-0 record on the season. The Spartans are coming off of a three-game losing streak. The team has fallen to nationally-ranked UC Irvine and Santa Clara as well as Saint Mary’s in their last three outings.
SAN JOSE STATE (3-4-0)
The Spartans are currently 3-4-0 on the season. San Jose State has fallen in its last three outings, most recently to Saint Mary’s on Sept. 23.
San Jose State is beginning a five-game homestand this week. Following the final two non-conference games of the season this week, the Spartans will open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. Conference play begins with Sacramento State on Oct. 7 and continues with New Mexico and UNLV before the team goes on the road again at the end of October.
Seniors Ismael Ibarra and Julio Gonzalez along with sophomore Colby Moore lead the Spartans in points this season. Each has scored three goals for a total of six points. Freshman Ricky Dorrego leads the team in assists with three. Dorrego ranks 66th in the nation in assists per game.
The Spartans as a team rank 30th in the country in scoring offense and 120th in win-loss-tie percentage.
Efrain Burgos, Jr., leads the team in shots. The aggressive rookie has taken 27 shots this season and has scored two goals. Ibarra is second in the team in shots with 17.
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (2-4-3)
Heading into this week, the Roadrunners of CSUB are in the midst of a five-game winless streak. Since Sept. 10, CSUB has posted three losses and two ties. In their last outing, the Roadrunners fell 1-0 to Cal Poly to settle their record at 2-4-3.
Towa Manda leads the Roadrunners on offense with four goals for eight points. Manda is the only Roadrunner with multiple goals this season. Three members of CSUB have three points on the season. Javier Barba, Robbie Gouk and Mike Esparza have each tallied a goal and an assist on the season.
In their last five games, the Roadrunners have faced nationally-ranked UC Irvine, San Diego State, The Master’s College, UC Riverside and Cal Poly. CSUB fell to No. 20 UC Irvine and San Diego State before tying The Master’s College and UC Riverside. Cal Poly was the last game the Roadrunners played, losing 1-0.
The last win the Roadrunners recorded was on Sept. 8 against the Gaels of Saint Mary’s. The 1-0 win was the second of the season following the team’s season-opening win against Portland.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
The College of Charleston men’s soccer team holds on to its seventh place ranking in the Sept. 25, National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas (NSCAA) South Region poll for the second week in a row.
The Cougars were in the midst of a six-game winning streak before falling to Central Florida, 3-2, on Sept. 21.
In the weekly NCAA men’s soccer rankings, Cougar forward Kareem Yearwood is ranked sixth in the points-per-game category and is tied for second in goals-per-game. Yearwood averaged 2.14 points per game with seven goals over seven games and one assist for a total of 17 points on the season.
Senior goalkeeper Corbin Waller is 18th in the goals-against-average list. He has allowed only four goals in 617 minutes of play for an average of 0.583 goals per game.
C of C’s west coast trip also includes a stop at Stanford on Sept. 28. When they retun to the east coast the Cougars will play Winthrop on Oct. 3.