Men's Soccer Heads Off To Texas

The San Jose State University men's soccer team travels to Houston, Texas, for the first time this Thursday, October 1, for this weekend's HBU Classic. The Spartans, now 2-6-1, take on host Houston Baptist on Friday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m. CT at Sorrels Field. The Spartans were already edged once by the Huskies this season, 1-0, at the OSU/Nike Challenge in Corvallis, Ore., on September 6. They conclude the event against Howard University on Sunday, October 4, at 12:00 p.m. CT. The fourth participant this weekend is San Jose State's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent, Air Force.

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Live stats are available for all San Jose State home soccer matches, courtesy of JumpTV and NeuLion, at Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page. Fans can also click on Schedule/Results from the men's soccer home page and access the live stats from there. There will be no live stats, audio or video for this weekend's HBU Classic in Houston, Texas.

LIVE AUDIO will provide on-line audio coverage, free of charge, live from Spartan Stadium, for a minimum of four matches this season. The home draw with Santa Clara on Sunday night, September 27, marked the premiere. During the remainder of the 2009 men's soccer season, the Gold Zone will feature broadcasts against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes Denver (October 16), Air Force (October 18) and New Mexico (November 1). Former KSJS (90.5 FM) sports director and current Spartan Athletics sports information assistant Shawn Murphy calls the play-by-play, with Harvey Rañola providing color commentary. Air time is slated for 15 minutes prior to the listed kick-off of each contest.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-6-1, 0-0 MPSF) at HOUSTON BAPTIST (4-5, 0-0 ASC)
Houston Baptist will be playing a late 2009 home opener against San Jose State this Friday, October 2. The match marks the fourth and final time that the Spartans will be playing in an opponent's home opener this season, after Oregon State (9/4), Loyola Marymount (9/11) and UC Riverside (9/13).

The Huskies are members of the Atlantic Soccer Conference. Each of their last seven matches have been one-goal decisions, with a trio of 1-0 wins. One of those happened to be the earlier meeting between these two schools. San Jose State fell victim to an 86th-minute strike by Houston Baptist freshman forward Leonel Munoz, off an assist by junior defender Joelle Daniel. Junior midfielder Duke Ogega leads the Huskies with five points from two goals and one assists. Junior Chris Dodd (1.31 GAA, 13 saves, one shutout) and senior Michael Bouchahine (0.91 GAA, 13 saves, two shutouts) have both seen time in the HBU goal this season. Dodd had the clean sheet against the Spartans, with two stops. Steve Jones is 184-154-12 in his 16th season as the Houston Baptist head coach.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-6-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. HOWARD (2-6, 0-0 ASC)
Howard, from Washington, D.C., is also a member of the Atlantic Soccer Conference. The Bison are 1-5 outside of the capital this season, with their lone triumph at Mount St. Mary's, 2-0, on September 18.

Freshman forward Phillip Borde leads Howard with nine points from three goals and three assists. Junior defender Matthew Marshall has added five points from two goals and one assist. Senior Victor Thomas has played every minute in goal thus far, producing a 1.75 goals-against-average with 50 saves and the single shutout against Mount St. Mary's. Michael Lawrence is Howard's second-year head coach.

Playing with senior center back and team co-captain due to a red-card suspension, the Spartans took a late lead, but were unable to hold on at USF's Negoesco Stadium last Friday night, September 25, falling in double overtime, 2-1. Josh Boemecke's first collegiate goal gave San Jose State a 1-0 lead in the 73rd minute. USF answered with an 85th-minute equalizer, however, before winning it at 108:20 with just 1:40 remaining before the match ended in a draw. Jonathan Lester made three saves in goal for the Spartans.

San Jose State hosted another old Bay Area rival just two nights later, on Sunday, September 27, battling to a scoreless draw with Santa Clara inside Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 27. The Spartans produced a season-high 22 shots and seven corner kicks, to just 10 and five, respectively, for the Broncos, but could not find the back of the net over the 110 minutes of scoreless soccer. Nick Cukar had the two best opportunities of the net, namely a shot off the left post that would have ended the match midway through the first overtime. Lester was credited with two more stops for his second collegiate shutout.

After this weekend's HBU Classic, the Spartans return home for the start of a season-long three-match homestand, and one final non-conference match ahead of their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener. That contest is actually against an MPSF opponent, Sacramento State, inside Spartan Stadium on Thursday night, October 8. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

San Jose State is an undefeated 2-0-1 through its first three home matches on the new FieldTurf inside Spartan Stadium this season, out-scoring then-24th-ranked UC Davis and NCAA Division II program Notre Dame de Namur, 9-1, prior to a scoreless draw with South Bay rival Santa Clara in those contests. Conversely, however, the Spartans have struggled outside of San Jose. They enter this weekend's HBU Classic in Texas still searching for a road victory, now 0-6 away from home, having managed just four goals over 558-plus minutes of play. Five of those defeats, however, have had one-goal margins, with the last three of them ending by the final score of 2-1, and the two previous ones, 1-0.