The San José State men's soccer team play three matches this week, closing their non-conference slate at Santa Clara on Wednesday, September 28, before opening WAC play at GCU on Friday, September 30, and at UNLV on Sunday, October 2.
San José State (1-5-2) vs. Santa Clara Broncos (4-3-0)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. PT
Santa Clara, Calif.
San José State vs. Grand Canyon University (3-5-0)
Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m. PT
Link to streaming video will be available on the sjsuspartans.com schedule page.
San José State vs. UNLV (*2-7-0)
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m. PT
Peter Johann Memorial Field
Las Vegas, Nev.
*UNLV plays a game on Friday, September 30, ahead of the game with San José State.
Twenty-three of the 27 players on the roster have played this season. Midfielder Jonathan Colunga, defenseman Kyle O’Mahoney and goalkeeper Nedin Tucakovic are the only three that have played all eight Spartan games. Defenseman Angel Farias saw his first action of the season, starting in the last game versus Loyola Marymount. Newcomers Tanner Akol, Rodrigo Reyes-Zavalza, Kris Donaldson and Kyle Pinto have yet to play.
PENALTY KICK KILLER:
Tucakovic has stopped both penalty kick attempts this season, one against Pacific and the other against UC Riverside. Against Pacific, Tucakovic made his save with the score tied at 2-2, which the Spartans went on to win, 3-2. Against UCR, Tucakovic kept the score tied at 1-1 with his save and the game eventually ended in a 2-2 tie.
San José State closes their non-conference schedule against Santa Clara looking for their second non-conference win of the year. Under third-year head coach Simon Tobin, the Spartans have won two non-conference games in each of his first two seasons at SJSU.
The Spartans are 1-1-0 in conference openers under Tobin, winning, 2-1, at Incarnate Word in 2015 and losing, 5-1, at CSU Bakersfield in 2014. This will be the third consecutive year the Spartans will open up conference play on the road.
With three road games this week, the San José State University men’s soccer team will be playing eight of their first 11 games on the road this season. The Spartans are winless so far on the road, going 0-4-1.
TREND OF FALLING BEHIND:
In each of the last seven games, the Spartans have allowed the opponent to score the first goal, going 1-5-1 in the span, with the sole win coming against Pacific.
SERIES HISTORY WITH SANTA CLARA:
San José State leads the all-time series against Santa Clara, 30-27-6, dating back to 1954. The longest win streak for either team belongs to SJSU, winning 13 in a row between 1958 and 1972. The Spartans won the last match played at Santa Clara, 5-3, in 2012.
SERIES HISTORY WITH GRAND CANYON:
San José State leads the all-time series against GCU, 3-0-0, having played them each of the last three seasons. SJSU won the last match played at GCU, 2-1, in 2014.
SERIES HISTORY WITH UNLV:
UNLV leads the all-time series against SJSU, 13-25-6, dating back to 1984. The Spartans were winless in the first 14 meetings but since then, SJSU has a 13-12-5 advantage. The two schools played to a scoreless draw the last time Spartans visited UNLV in 2014.