San Jose, Calif. - This week the San Jose State men's soccer team begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play by hosting northern California rival the Sacramento State Hornets.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-2-3, 0-0-0 MPSF)
vs. SACRAMENTO STATE (4-3-1, 0-0-0 MPSF)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 7:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE
The Hornets come to San Jose with a 4-3-1 overall record. Last weekend they defeated UC Davis 3-2 in Davis ahead of a 0-2 loss at No. 13 UC Santa Barbara.
Sacramento State (SSU) was picked, by the MPSF head coaches, to finish in fourth place in league play in 2011 and return last year's top scorer Chris Bettencourt, a senior, as well as goalkeeper Cesar Castillo, who posted eight shutouts with a 0.90 goals-against average.
This year the Hornets are led by junior striker Max Alvarez and Bettencourt who have each tallied three goals. Alvarez has two assists to Bettencourt's one, to lead SSU with eight points.
Castillo, a sophomore, has a 2-2-1 record in five games. He has allowed eight goals in 34 shots that have been on frame. Castillo has one shutout, a 1.48 GAA and .765 save percentage this year.
Michael Linenberger begins his 23rd season at the helm of the Sacramento State men's soccer program in 2011. He entered the season with a 148-221-43 record.
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SPARTANS VS. HORNETS IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
In the last six years Sacramento State has been the Spartans opponent in each team's MPSF opener. The Spartans hold a 4-1-1 record in those games and a 3-0-0 mark when the game is in Spartan Stadium.
ST. CLAIR LOOKS 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 (9/16). 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.
LESTER MOVES INTO TOP-10 IN SAVES
With his nine save effort at USF, keeper Jonathan Lester's 152 career saves moves him into 10th place on the San Jose State all-time saves list. His next save will tie him with Sean Keohane (1976-77) for ninth place.
Ranks sixth in the MPSF with three assists...got his team-leading third assist of the year against Santa Clara (9/22)...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 seventh in the MPSF in shots (19) and ninth in goals (3)...tied for the team lead with three goals after scoring against Santa Clara (9/22)...tops the team with 19 shots and 7 points...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.
Ranks sixth 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.
Had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26), both tallies were the first of his Spartan career.
ALLEN LA SPINA
Ranks 10th in the MPSF in assists (2)...picked up his second assists of the year at UC Riverside (9/18)...first assists came at Loyola Marymount (9/16).
Tied for first in the MPSF with 32 saves, second in shutouts (2) and third GGA (1.04), save percentage (.780) and saves per game (4.00)...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).
Ranks ninth in the MPSF with three goals...tied for the team lead with three goals...tallied his third goal of 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.
Collected his first point as a Spartan, an assist, against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11).
Ranks 10th in the MPSF in both shots (18) and assists (2)...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.
SPARTAN STATS IN THE MPSF
San Jose State is the third most trigger happy team in the MPSF averaging 15.62 shots per contest...on the opposite end of the field the Spartans goals against averge (1.03) is also the third best in the conference and the keeper's average of 4.00 saves per game is the second best among MPSF schools.