Spartans Face Challenging Weekend

October 6, 2010

Men's Soccer Preview
San Jose State (6-3-1, 0-0-1 MPSF) faces a challenging weekend in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.  The Spartans travel up the coast to Seattle University (2-5-2, 0-1-0 MPSF) on Friday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m. and then return home to host CSU Bakersfield (6-3-0, 1-0-0 MPSF) on Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m.  The Spartans enter the weekend tied for second with Sacramento State in MPSF standings.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow both games via Live Stats.  Friday's match against the Redhawks is available at goseattleu.com and Sunday's home match against the Roadrunners can be followed at SJSUSpartans.com.  The Live Stats link can be found on the front page on both websites.

Regional Rankings
For the second straight week, the Spartans climb their way up the NSCAA Regional Rankings.  San Jose State moved up to No. 8 in the NCAA Rankings Regional-Far West after a draw last week on the road.

Scouting Seattle U.
For the first time since the reclassification process into Division I status, the Redhawks enter its first season eligible for the NCAA Tournament.  SU is returning with 14 letterwinners and seven starters from a squad who finished fourth with an overall record of 4-12-1, 3-4-0 in MPSF.  The Redhawks are led by junior midfielder Kyle Peterman who leads the team in points (4) and goals (2).  SU enters the match winless in their last three, posting a tie at #24 Portland and a pair of loses at Washington and CSU Bakersfield, at home.  Goalkeeper Ivan Dizdar holds a .808 save percentage and a 1.48 goals against average in all 850:00 minutes of play this season.

SJSU-SU Series
Since SU's debut as an NCAA Division I team, the Spartans hold a 1-0-0 series lead over the Redhawks.  The Spartans traveled to Seattle in 2009, blanking the Redhawks 1-0.

Scouting Cal State Bakersfield
The Roadrunners concluded the 2009 season with an 8-7-2 overall record and a 3-4-0, fourth-place finish in the MPSF. The overall record of 8-7-2 marked the first time CSUB had achieved a winning record since making the move to Division I in 2007.  The core of the starting lineup returns in 2010 including 2009 top goal scorers Robbie Gouk and Evan Fassler, who tallied six goals apiece.  The first place Roadrunners, picked up an MPSF-opening road win at Seattle U on October 3, blanking the Redhawks 1-0.  Sophomore midfielder Jesus Sanchez leads the team in points (8) and goals (4) for the season.  Goalkeeper Eric Shannon carries a .771 save percentage and a .98 goals against average. 

SJSU-CSUB Series
The Spartans own a 3-0-0 series record over the Roadrunners.  The last three years the Spartans won, 2-0, 2-0 and 4-2.

Last Week's Results
San Jose State unleashed a season-high 21 shots in a 0-0 double overtime tie against Sacramento State in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer opener for both teams on Sunday, October 3.  San Jose State had its opportunities with 10 shots in the second half.  Dylan Murphy, Oscar Yniguez, Josh Boemecke and Nick Cashmere all tallied three shots apiece for the match.  Goalkeeper Jonathan Lester made four saves and earned his second shutout of the season.

Between The Pipes
San Jose State keeper Jonathan Lester ranks high amongst MPSF goalkeeper rankings.  Lester places second in goals against average at .96, and has a save percentage of .750, good for fourth.  Rounding out the top three in shutouts, Lester is credited with two for the season.  

Boemecke Leads The Pack
Josh Boemecke continues to lead in the MPSF rankings.  Boemecke stands alone in first, with goals (6) and goals per game (.60).  Perhaps the most important, Boemecke leads the league in game-winning goals with three.

Coming Up
The Spartans play a familiar schedule with back-to-back opponents two weeks in a row.  The Spartans travel to Bakersfield on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. and then return home to Spartan Stadium to face Seattle University at 1:00 p.m. on October 17.