Men's Soccer Opens Conference Play At Seattle

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team begins the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) portion of  its 2012 schedule on the road at the Seattle University Redhawks this week.  With Seattle being the Spartans travel partner, it is the only match for either team this week.


SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-4-0, 0-0-0 MPSF)
at SEATTLE (2-5-0, 0-0-0 MPSF)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1:00 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD, SEATTLE, WASH.


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MEN'S SOCCER TICKETS
Tickets for all San Jose State men's soccer home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID.  Adult tickets are $5.00, $3.00 for youth (12 and under) and $1 for any child wearing a jersey.

Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person.  The ticket office opens one hour prior to kick-off at Spartan Stadium or can be purchased by calling San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).   

SCOUTING SEATTLE
The Redhawks are 2-5-0 this season after posting a 2-13-2 overall and 1-9-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record last season.  Last week Seattle split a pair of matches.  They hosted and defeated Portland University on Friday, 4-3, before falling at #20 Washington, 0-2, on Sunday.  The decision against Portland ended a four-game winless streak, in which they had been outscored 13-to-5.  On the year, Seattle is 2-1-0 when playing on their home pitch, Championship Field. 

The Redhawks have three players with two goals apiece.  Miguel Gonzalez, a junior forward, and senior striker Marshall Kosaka, a 2011 third-team All-MPSF performer, have found the back of the net twice and each has picked up one assist.   Race Sciabica, a junior midfielder, is the third player with two goals.  Hamza Haddadi leads the side with two assists.

Seattle has played two keepers this season, with sophomore Shane Haworth making the last two starts (2.77 GAA, .684 save %).  He has played a total of 195:03 this year and has posted a 1-1-0 record. 

Peter Fewing is back at the helm of the Redhawks after coaching the side from 1988-2005.  In those 18 seasons he compiled a 220-125-26 record and the 1997 NAIA National Championship and 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship.

ALL-TIME SERIES DOMINATED BY THE SPARTANS
Since the 1973 season, the Spartans have a 7-0-2 record against the Redhawks.  San Jose State has a 1-0-2 record in Seattle having won last year's matchup, 2-1.  Diego Ochoa and Steven Sanchez picked up goals with Sanchez's tally ending up being the game-winner.

OPENING MPSF PLAY ON THE ROAD...NOTHING NEW
The Spartans open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Seattle this weekend.  In its 12 previous MPSF openers, the Spartans have played in the opponents house nine times.  Overall in MPSF conference openers, San Jose State has a 6-5-1 record.  When those games have been played on the road the Spartans are 4-4-1.

SANCHEZ ON FIRE
Senior striker Steven Sanchez has scored six times in the last five matches  and picked up the first multi-goal game of his career, two tallies, in a 3-2 win against Bradley (9/21).  He is one strike shy of matching his career high seven goals, which he established in 2011, when he earned second team All-MPSF honors.  Sanchez has picked up the game-winner in two of the team's three victories.

SCORING IS UP
Through seven games the Spartans have found the back of the net 14 times.  It took last year's team 12 games to score that many goals and this year's team is more than half way to last year's season total of 27 tallies. 

Not since 2003, has a San Jose State men's soccer team scored 14 goals in that few amount of game.  In 2003, the Spartans scored 12 times in their first five matches and then pounded Sacramento State 6-1 to bring their goal total to 18 through six games.  That team eventually went on to win the MPSF Championship and participate in the 2003 NCAA Championship. 

LAST TIME(S) OUT
The Spartans split a pair of home matches last week.  On Friday, September 21 they defeated Bradley 3-2, but came out on the short end of a 4-2 decision against New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Sunday, September 23. 

Steven Sanchez scored three times and a pair of Spartans picked up their first collegiate goals over the weekend.

On Friday, Sanchez scored the first two goals for the Spartans.  They came in the 15th and 53rd minutes and staked San Jose State to a 2-1 against regionally-ranked Bradley.  In the 58th minute freshman, and Kings Lynn, England native, Thomas Barnes redirected a shot past the keeper for his first tally and what would prove to be the game-winner in the 3-2 win.

On Sunday, Garret Foster, a redshirt freshman out of Livermore, Calif., pounced on a ball that was saved but not controlled by the NJIT keeper and tucked it past the post for his first college points to cut an early NJIT lead in half, 1-2.  In the 80th minute, Sanchez headed a ball in the bring the Spartans to 2-3, but pressing the attack, they were caught by a late goal and fell 2-4.

SPARTAN SNAPSHOTS

Michael Schwinn (Fr., GK, Mechernich, Germany) has started and played every minute of the team's seven matches (2.43 GAA, .638 save %, 3-4-0 record)...his 4.29 saves per game and 30 total saves rank 69th and 70th in the nation, respectively...he is 70th in the country made his major college debut in a start against USF (8/24).

Nick Murphy (Sr., D, San Francisco, Calif.) has started all seven matches this year.

Christian Romero (Sr., D, Sacramento, Calif.) has started all seven matches this year and taken two shots...picked up his first point of the season on an assist in the NJIT (9/23) match.

Steven Sanchez (Sr., F, San Jose, Calif.) has started all seven matches this year...leads the team with 24 shots, 10 on frame, six goals and two game-winners...also has an assist...ranks in the top-25 nationally in goals per game (13th), points per game (14th), goals (19th) and points (25th)...is second in the MPSF in points (13), goals (6), points per game (1.86), goals per game (0.86), and game winning goals (2)...got the game-winners at Santa Clara (9/9) and at Sacramento State (9/16)...had his first multi-goal game of his careeer when he found the back of the net twice against Bradley (9/21)...scored the team's' lone goal in a 1-2 overtime decision at Stanford (9/12)...has nine GWGs in 14 career tallies.

Mauricio Murillo (Jr., MF, Santa Clara, Calif.) has started all seven matches this year and has taken two shots.

Israel Ayala (Fr., MF, Richmond, Calif.) has made two starts, against USF (8/24) and Cal Poly (9/2), in six appearances...
has taken three shots...his major college debut came in the start against USF.

Jasper Pipe (Fr., F, Sydney, Australia) has made two starts, against USF (8/24) and Cal Poly (9/2), and appeared in all seven matches...has taken two shots putting both on goal...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Jonathan Salceda (Jr., F, San Jose, Calif.) has made four starts, against USF (8/24), Cal Poly (9/2), Bradley (9/21) and NJIT (9/23), and appeared in all seven matches...scored two goals and assisted on two more in the Santa Clara (9/9) win and earned MPSF Player of the Week for the effort... picked up an assist on the Sacramento State (9/16) game-winner as well as the Bradley game-winner...leads the team in assists (4) and among the top-3 in four other offensive categories. 

Kyler McLaughlin (Fr., D, San Diego, Calif.) has started three matches in four appearances...first collegiate point, an assist, came against Cal Poly (9/2)...has taken one shot...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Enrique Montano (So., MF, Salinas, Calif.) has started all seven matches this year and taken three shots, putting one on frame...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Frankie Beauchamp (So., MF, San Francisco, Calif.) has started in all six matches in which he has appeared...got his first collegiate point, an assist, came in the Bradley (9/21) win...has taken two shots...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Diego Ochoa (Sr., MF, San Jose, Calif.) has made four appearances and earned a start against NJIT (9/23)...picked up an assist against Bradley (9/21)...has attempted three shots.

Dylan Murphy (Sr., D, San Francisco, Calif.) has appeared in all seven matches this year, earning five starts...has taken eight shots, put five on frame and scored three goals; against Cal Poly (9/2), at Santa Clara (9/9) and at Sacramento State (9/16).

Thomas Barnes (Fr., F, Kings Lynn, England) has appeared in all seven matches this year, earning five starts...scored his first goal, the game winner, against Bradley (9/21)...has taken six shots, four on frame...first collegiate point, an assist, came at Stanford (9/12)...his major college debut came against USF (8/24).

Eric Mendez (Fr., F, Santa Cruz, Calif.) has appeared in five matches this year, garnering three starts...rewarded the start at Santa Clara (9/9) with his first collegiate goal...has taken four shots, all on goal...his major college debut came against USF (8/24).

Garret Foster (RFr., F, Livermore, Calif.) made appearances in six matches this season...has taken four shots...scored his first collegiate goal against NJIT (9/23).

Edwin Velazquez (Sr., D, Antioch, Calif.) made his first of three appearances against Cal Poly (9/2).

Jamison Loveless (So., MF, Boise, Idaho) has appeared in three matches this year.

Ryan Thomas (Jr., D, Livermore, Calif.) made his first appearance of the year against Cal Poly (9/2) and has earned starts at Stanford (9/12) and at Sacramento State (9/16), against Bradley (9/21) and NJIT (9/23).