Men's Soccer Returns Home To Face Hornets

The San Jose State University men's soccer team plays just one match in the week ahead, opening a season-long three-game homestand against Sacramento State on Thursday night, October 8. Kick-off inside Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. Though the visiting Hornets are fellow members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Thursday's meeting will be one of the non-conference variety. The two rivals will face each other once more in MPSF action in the state capital to conclude the regular season on Saturday, November 7. The Spartans, now 4-6-1 overall and on a three-match unbeaten run, play five of their last eight regular-season games at home inside Spartan Stadium, where they are an undefeated 2-0-1 this year, after having endured eight of their first 11 contests outside of San Jose. Sacramento State begins the week with an overall mark of 4-4-1.

GAME #12
vs. SACRAMENTO STATE (4-4-1, 0-0 MPSF)

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LIVE AUDIO will provide on-line audio coverage, free of charge, live from Spartan Stadium, for a minimum of five 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 Sacramento State this Thursday night, October 8, followed by key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meetings with defending champion Denver (10/16), Air Force (10/18) and New Mexico (11/1). Former KSJS (90.5 FM) sports director and current Spartan Athletics sports information assistant Shawn Murphy calls the play-by-play. Air time against Sacramento State is slated for 6:45 p.m. Please click here to access the broadcasts.

SAN JOSE STATE (4-6-1, 0-0 MPSF) vs. SACRAMENTO STATE (4-4-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Sacramento State has been shut out in four of its past five games, with all four of those decisions losses. The Hornets' lone win recently was an 8-0 home romp over William Jessup on Friday, September 25. They are coming off a 1-0 defeat at UC Davis last Sunday, September 27. Max Alvarez, a true freshman out of Napa, Calif., leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with seven goals and 36 shots taken thus far in his first season of college soccer. David Norton, himself a freshman forward, has seven points from three goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Fernando Cabadas serves as the Hornets' playmaker, and has four assists, tied for the league lead. The Sacramento State goal is primarily occupied by senior Ryan Kenny (1.46 GAA, 28 saves, one shutout), a transfer from UC Santa Barbara.

These area and league rivals have faced off at least once each season during this decade. San Jose State holds a 10-4-1 series edge during that time, including 5-2-1 in San Jose. The Spartans have won back-to-back meetings at home, 2-1 in 2007 and 4-1 in the 2008 season finale last November 15. Sacramento State's last win in San Jose was a 3-0 decision in the 2006 finale on November 3. The Hornets' last triumph in the series was 1-0 at home last October 5 in the conference opener.

Michael Linenberger is in his 21st season as the Sacramento State head coach.

San Jose State collected a pair of shutout victories at the HBU Classic in Houston, Texas last weekend. The Spartans first blanked host Houston Baptist, 2-0, on Friday, October 2, in the Huskies' late home opener for 2009. Justin Castro provided the opener and assisted on Robert Jackson's first career goal for insurance, with both coming in the first half. Ricky Dorrego and Josh Boemecke also had assists.

The Spartans fought through a severe morning rainstorm and adverse field conditions to pin Howard with a 1-0 loss on Sunday, October 4. Dorrego notched the goal, his first game-winner, midway through the opening period. Jonathan Lester made two saves to earn his third straight individual shutout.

San Jose State has won back-to-back games for the first time in 2009, having blanked Houston Baptist, 2-0, and Howard, 1-0, at the HBU Classic this past weekend. The Spartans are on a three-match unbeaten run, going 2-0-1, with all three results coming in shutout fashion. San Jose State has posted three straight clean sheets for the first time since 2000. The Spartans put together back-to-back shutouts away from home for the first time since late in the 2001 campaign.

The Spartans wrap up non-conference play with Thursday's match with Sacramento State. They finally open the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation portion of their schedule the following week on Friday night, October 16, against defending MPSF champion Denver. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium, where San Jose State will contest four of its seven league tilts.