The San Jose State University men’s soccer team opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this weekend with a game against Sacramento State at 7:00 p.m. This is the third game of a five-game homestand for the Spartans. The team opened the stand with two shutout victories. San Jose State defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 2-0, and the College of Charleston, 4-0, to end non-conference play.
The Spartans finished the 2006 season with a 4-6 record. They tied for fourth place in the conference.
San Jose State is currently ranked third in the conference with a 5-4-0 record. In first place is No. 25 New Mexico with a 5-3-0 record. New Mexico is on a three-game winning streak. Ranked in second place is Denver with a 4-3-0 record.
Junior goalkeeper Lewis Sweeney earned the conference’s top weekly honor after recording both shutouts for the Spartans last week. This is the second Player of the Week honor for San Jose State. Sophomore Nick Cukar picked up the first award for the first week of play.
SAN JOSE STATE (5-4-0)
The Spartans are 5-4 on the season, and have outscored their opponents 19-13. San Jose State boasts four players with four goals apiece on the season. Ismael Ibarra leads the charge with four goals and two assists, while Nick Cukar has four goals and an assist.
Leading the team in assists this season is freshman Ricky Dorrego. Dorrego has dished out three helpers so far this season.
Last season the two teams split their two meetings, with each team winning on the other team’s home pitch. The Spartans defeated the Hornets, 1-0, at Hornet Soccer Field on Oct. 1 on a goal from then freshman Colby Moore. Sacramento State got its revenge in the last game of the season on Nov. 3, a 3-0 victory at Spartan Stadium.
San Jose State leads the overall series during the Division I era (1991-pres.), posting a 12-5-2 record against Sacramento State. The two teams are 3-3-0 against each other the past three seasons.
Following this weekend, the Spartans will host Air Force and Denver to close out their five-game homestand.
Behind a goal apiece from junior brothers Blake and Brady Nunes, Sacramento State posted a 4-1 victory over visiting Menlo College on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hornet Soccer Field.
The win marked the Hornets’ first of the season, and the end of an eight-match winless streak. The Hornets are 1-7-1 on the season.
Ernesto Carranza leads Sacramento State in goals with three. Fernando Cabadas and Brady Nunes have each tallied two goals apiece.
Carranza also leads the team in points with eight. Along with his three goals, Carraza has also recorded two assists.
Nick Gargiulo and Ryan Kenny have split time in goal for the Hornets this season. Kenny owns a 1-6-1 record while Gargiulo’s record is 0-1-0.