Kansas City, Kan. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team has moved into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Far West regional poll for the first time this season at No. 8 on Tuesday, September 30.
The Spartans, currently 4-1-3 on the year and riding a four-game unbeaten streak, thus earn their first NSCAA/adidas Far West regional ranking in over a year, since they were tied with two other teams at No. 10 on September 4, 2007, with a perfect 2-0 mark as the champions of the season-opening Davidson adidas Classic in Davidson, N.C. San Jose State had knocked off Charlotte, 2-1, before edging host Davidson in double overtime, 3-2, to warrant that ranking.
This latest appearance among the Far West’s best comes on the heels of a 1-1 draw with top area rival Santa Clara on Wednesday, September 24, and a 2-0 shutout victory against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, September 28, both on the road.
Having closed out the non-conference portion of its 2008 schedule, San Jose State opens the 10-game Mountain Pacific Sports Federation slate at Sacramento State on Sunday, October 5, with kickoff at Hornet Soccer Field set for 1:00 p.m.
The Spartans are still in the middle of a season-long five-game road stretch, with their first three league contests all coming away from home against teams that also currently appear in the Far West rankings. Sacramento State, off to a quality 5-2-2 start, is at No. 6, with four-time defending MPSF champion New Mexico (3-3-2), San Jose State’s opponent on Friday, October 10, in Albuquerque, N.M., at No. 7. UNLV, who the Spartans close this road swing out against on Sunday, October 12, in Las Vegas, Nev., is receiving votes in the poll.
The San Jose State men’s soccer team is one of two current Spartan fall squads that appear at the top of their respective conference standings. The Spartans are equal on overall percentage points with UNLV (5-2-1, .688) heading into league play, while the San Jose State football team (3-2, 1-0) is atop the Western Athletic Conference.
The Spartans are the only team in the MPSF that has not lost at home yet in 2008, now at 3-0-2 in San Jose, and their one overall loss is tops among the six league members.
Sophomore attacking central midfielder Efrain Burgos, Jr., the reigning MPSF Brine Player of the Week, and his teammates will travel to Sacramento, Calif., by bus early on Sunday, October 5, and return immediately following the match.
NSCAA/adidas Far West Regional Rankings
September 30, 2008
1. California (5-1-2)
2. UC Davis (8-1)
3. UC Irvine (7-0-2)
4. UC Santa Barbara (5-3)
5. Cal Poly (5-2-2)
6. Sacramento State (5-2-2)
7. New Mexico (3-3-2)
8. San Jose State (4-1-3)
9. Washington (5-3)
10. Cal State Northridge (4-3-1)
Also receiving votes: UNLV, Gonzaga