San Jose State will play two games this week, both away from San Jose. First, they will travel to Cal Poly on Tuesday, September 26. Kick-off is 7:00 p.m. The Spartans will conclude their week at Sacramento State on Sunday, October 1. Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m.
Sunday’s match at Sacramento State will mark the open of the MPSF portion of the Spartans’ 2006 schedule. The Spartans were 7-2-1 in MPSF play, finishing second in the league standings last season. SJSU defeated Sacramento State in last year’s MPSF opener, 1-0, at Spartan Stadium.
MANN SAVES THE DAY
Sophomore goalkeeper Richard Mann made eight saves, one short of a career-high, in the Spartans’ 0-0 double overtime tie with Santa Clara. Two of Mann’s saves came in unbelievable fashion in overtime, including a fingertip save off of a Broncos’ corner kick. Mann’s eight saves were just one short of his career high of nine, which he had against Cal State Fullerton in the season opener. For his efforts, Mann was nominated for MPSF Player of the Week.
LET’S PLAY EXTRA
The San Jose State men’s soccer team has had a recent trend of playing in overtime games the last three seasons, and have had success in those games. Since 2004, and including the team’s double overtime tie with Santa Clara this season, the Spartans are 7-3-5 in games that have gone into overtime. In 2005, SJSU went unbeaten in eight overtime games, going 5-0-3. The Spartans are 0-1-1 in overtime games this season.
MANN LEADS MPSF IN SAVES
Richard Mann leads all MPSF goalkeepers in saves with 34 through seven games. He is tied for second in games played.
ABOUT CAL POLY
Cal Poly tied Cal State Northridge 1-1 in double overtime last Saturday. They come into Tuesday’s match with a 2-4-3 record.
ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE
The Hornets defeated Pacific Union, 20-0, to improve to 3-6-0 overall.