San Jose, Calif. - This week the San Jose State men's soccer team continues Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play by hosting the Seattle University Redhawks on Friday and the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners on Sunday.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-3-3, 0-1-0 MPSF)
vs. SEATTLE UNIVERSITY (1-5-2, 0-1-0 MPSF)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
VS. #25 CSU BAKERSFIELD (5-0-4, 1-0-0 MPSF)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SCOUTING SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
The Redhawks come to San Jose with a 1-5-2 overall record, 0-1-0 in MPSF action. Last weekend they opened conference play with a 3-0 loss at CSU Bakersfield.
Seattle University (SU) was picked, by the MPSF head coaches, to finish in eighth place in league play in 2011. They lost their top-two scorers from last year's side which went 5-10-3 overall, 3-6-1 in the MPSF.
This year the Redhawks are led by freshman striker Tavis Heim who has tallied a pair of goals and an assist. Mid Demaci Roussos and defenders Brandon Hamer and Kevin Cook have each found the back of the net once.
Keeper Jake Feener, a sophomore, has a 1-5-2 record in eight starts. He has allowed 15 goals in 54 shots that have been on frame. Feener has one shutout, a 1.79 GAA and .722 save percentage.
In 2011, Brad Agoos begins his sixth season at the helm of the Seattle University men's soccer program. He entered the year with a 47-36-7 record.
SCOUTING CSU BAKERSFIELD
The No. 25-ranked Roadrunners will face Sacramento State prior to coming to San Jose on Sunday. Entering the week, CSUB sports a 5-0-4 record, 1-0-0 in MPSF play after a 3-0 win over Seattle last week.
CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish in first place in league play in the 2011 preseason coaches poll. They return last year's MPSF Player of the Year Jesus Sanchez, a junior midfielder, and Newcomer of the Year Gyasi Zardes, a sophomore striker.
Zardes leads the Runners, the MPSF and is second in the nation with 11 goals. He tops the MPSF list for shots and points as well. Zardes has recorded three hat-tricks and assisted on two more goals for 24 points. Sanchez has, along with two other CSUB players, found the back of the net twice. He has added five assists for nine points.
Eric Shannon, the Runners junior keeper, has a 5-0-4 record in nine starts. He has allowed six goals in 39 shots that have been on frame. Shannon has four shutouts, a 0.61 GAA and .846 save percentage this year.
Simon Tobin is in his 25th season at the helm of the CSU Bakersfield men's soccer program. He entered the season with a 357-265-63 record coaching both men's and women's collegiate soccer teams.
SPARTANS AGAINST THESE OPPONENTS
Since the 2008-09 season the Spartans and Redhawks have met four times with San Jose State going undefeated 3-0-1. The Spartans have won both matchups in San Jose, 2-1 in 2008 and 1-0 last year.
The Spartans are 3-2-0 in their five meetings with CSUB, taking both matchups last year - 2-1 in Spartan Stadium and 1-0 in Bakersfield. SJSU took the first three meetings dating back to a 2-0 win in 2007.
Live stats are available free of charge for all San Jose State home matches and select road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game by clicking on the camera icon. Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section off the men's soccer page at www.sjsuspartans.com.
SPARTANS LOSE MPSF OPENER
Despite outshooting the Sacramento State Hornets 27-to-8, San Jose State allowed an unassisted goal in the 96th minute to lose 1-0 in both team's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener.
Sacramento State's Chris Bettencourt collected a loose ball 12-yards from the Spartans goal line after keeper Doug Highton misplayed a long-high ball from Hornets territory. Highton came off his line to play the ball, but it bounded over his outstreched hands. Bettencourt went around him, took the free ball and fired it high to the right side of the net for the game winner in overtime.
Ranks sixth in the MPSF with three assists...got his team-leading third assist of the year against Santa Clara (9/22)...picked up his second assist of the year against UC Riverside (9/18)...his first assists of the season came against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11).
Ranks fifth in the MPSF in shots (25) and ninth in goals (3)...tied for the team lead with three goals after scoring against Santa Clara (9/22)...tops the team with 25 shots and 7 points...scored the equalizer against UC Riverside (9/18); it was his second goal of the season...had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...second the team with 15 shots and tied for the lead with nine shots on goal.
Scored his first goal of the season, the game winner, in the first half against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11)...had an assist in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.
Had a goal and an assist against Fresno Pacific (8/26), both tallies were the first of his Spartan career.
Earned his first collegiate start against Sacramento State (10/2). He allowed on goal on four shots and has a 0.80 GGA and .750 save percentage.
ALLEN LA SPINA
Ranks 10th in the MPSF in assists (2)...picked up his second assists of the year at UC Riverside (9/18)...first assists came at Loyola Marymount (9/16).
Tied for fourth in the MPSF with 32 saves, third in shutouts (2) and GGA (1.04), fourth in save percentage (.780) and saves per game (4.00)...earned his second shutout of the season against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11) in which he made three saves. It is the 14th shutout of his San Jose State career....made one save on eight shots in a 4-1 win over Fresno Pacific...recorded his first shutout of the season and 13th of his career against Saint Mary's (9/4).
Ranks ninth in the MPSF with three goals...tied for the team lead with three goals...tallied his third goal of the season to open the scoring against Loyola Marymount (9/16)...scored two goals, including the game winner, against Fresno Pacific (8/26)...goals were the first of his collegaite career.
Collected his first point as a Spartan, an assist, against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11).
Ranks ninth in the MPSF in both shots (21) and assists (2)...tallied his second goal, the game winner, at Loyola Marymount (9/16)...scored his first goal of the season in the 68th minute against Nebraska Omaha (9/11)...had an assist, his first as a Spartan, in the Fresno Pacific (8/26) win.
SPARTAN STATS IN THE MPSF
San Jose State continues to be one of the most aggressive offensive teams in the MPSF averaging 16.89 shots per contest...on the opposite end of the field the Spartans goals against averge (1.02) is also the third best in the conference and the keeper's average of 3.89 saves per game is the fourth best among MPSF schools.