Familiar Foes In MPSF Home Opener For Men's Soccer

San Jose, Calif. - The Spartan men's soccer team open the home portion of their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) schedule this week against the two teams they defeated last week on a road trip, CSU Bakersfield and UNLV.

vs. CSU BAKERSFIELD (5-2-4, 2-1-0 MPSF)

vs. UNLV (3-9-1, 1-2-0 MPSF)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 12:00 P.M.

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The Roadrunners are 5-2-4 this season and in second place (2-1-0) in the Pacific Division of the MPSF after splitting a pair of home matches last week.  Ranked No. 5 regionally, CSUB fell to the Spartans 2-1 on Friday night and then defeated Seattle U 4-3 on Sunday.

Gyasi Zardes, the 2011 MPSF Most Valuable Player, leads the team with seven goals and six assists.  Kory Kindle, a senior mid, has found the back of the net four times and Jesus Sanchez has three goals.  

Bakersfield has had Eric Shannon, a senior, in goal for all 1070 minutes this season.  His .814 save percentage lead the MPSF and 0.93 goals against
average is second.  He has four shutouts and has posted a 5-2-4 record.  

Simon Tobin is in his 26th season leading the 'Runners men 's soccer program.  He had compiled a 287-175-47 record entering this season and in 1997 led his side to the  NCAA Division II National Championship.

The Rebels are 3-9-1 this season and 1-2-0 in the Pacific Division of the MPSF after a 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Spartans last Sunday and a 3-0 win over Seattle U on Friday.  The Rebels play at Seattle U on Friday prior to the match against the Spartans on Sunday.

Nick Marshall, a senior, leads the UNLV attack with five goals and three assists. Salvador Bernal, a sophomore, and senior Robert Garcia equal Marshall with three assists each.

Joe Vitale, a 1.92 GAA and .649 save percentage, has seen all the time goal, 1040:35 this season.  A junior, his record is 3-9-1.  

Rich Ryerson is in his third season leading the Rebels men 's soccer program.  He had a 9-25-2 record entering this year.

San Jose State holds a 5-3-0 record against CSU Bakersfield in the overall series.  The Spartans have had success in Bakersfield posting a 4-1-0 record on Main Soccer Field, including a 2-1 decision against the Roadrunners last week.  In games contested in Spartan Stadium the Spartans are 1-2-0 against the 'Runners.

Since 1954, the Rebels and Spartans have met 37 times with UNLV holding a 21-12-4 advantage.  San Jose State won its match against UNLV last week in Las Vegas, but in matches contested in San Jose the Spartans have not fared too well.  They have a 3-13-4 record when playing the Rebels in Spartan Stadium.

Redshirt-freshman striker Garret Foster was named the MPSF men's soccer Player of the Week for the week of October 1-7.

Foster had the game-winning goal in each of the Spartans two road wins, at No.5 regionally-ranked CSU Bakersfield on Friday (10/5) and at UNLV (10/7).  Both games were 2-1 decisions and leave the Spartans as the only unbeaten side in the MPSF through the first two weeks of conference play.

At Bakersfield, at the 82:14 mark, the 'Runners turned the ball over and Foster pounced on it.  He fired a shot from just outside the 18, to the upper right corner of the net, to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead and the winning margin in the 2-1 win.  

On Sunday at UNLV, Foster took a pass and having slipped past the defense and, one-on-one against the keeper, fired a strike right at Rebels keeper.  The shot went through him for a Spartans 2-0 lead in the 73rd minute.

For the weekend Foster took three shots, all were on frame with two finding the back of the net.

This is Foster's first MPSF Player of the Week honor and the second for a Spartan men's soccer player this season.

Barely halfway through the season the Spartans have tasted defeat just once on the road, positng a 4-1-1 in matches away from Spartan Stadium.  The four wins match the teams total number of road victories in 2009 and 2011 and is the most since the 2007 team won six road contests.  San Jose State has two more regular-season road matches this year.

In the Spartans previous 12 MPSF home openers they are 6-5-1.  In four of those six victories the opponent was former MPSF member Sacramento State and the wins came in odd numbered years.  San Jose State defeated Sac State in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 to open the home portion of its conference schedule.

The Spartans finished their three-game MPSF road trip last weekend with a pair of 2-1 victories and remain the conferences lone unbeaten team through the first two weeks of competition.

At CSU Bakersfield (10/5) the two team conbined for 27 shots through the first 78 minutes, but the last three attempts where the ones that counted on the socreboard.  San Jose State got goals from Jonathan Salceda in the 79th minute and another, the game-winner, in the 83rd minute from Garret Foster for a 2-0 lead.  The 'Runners picked up a goal at the 85:58 mark for the final margin, 2-1.

On Sunday at UNLV (10/7), Steven Sanchez got his team-leading seventh goal at the 25:16 mark for a 1-0 Spartans advantage.  In the 73rd minute, Foster found the back of the net for the second time in as many games for what would go onto be his second game-winner as well.  The Rebels picked up a goal in the 81st minute for the 2-1 final score.

Sophomore keeper Emmanuel Espinosa made the first start of his career and stopped seven of the eight shots UNLV put on frame in earning the win.


Michael Schwinn
(Fr., GK, Mechernich, Germany) started and played every minute of the team's first nine matches (1.95 GAA, .684 save %, 4-4-1 record)...his 4.33 saves per game and 39 total saves rank 63rd and 98th in the nation, respectively...made his major college debut in a start against USF (8/24).

Emmanuel Espinosa (So., GK, San Jose, Calif.) made his college debut in a start at UNLV (10/7)...faced 31 shots, eight of which were on frame and turned seven away (.875 save %) in a 2-1 win.

Nick Murphy (Sr., D, San Francisco, Calif.) has started all 10 matches this year.  His lone shot came at CSU Bakersfield (10/5).

Christian Romero (Sr., D, Sacramento, Calif.) has started all nine matches in which he has appeared this year and taken two shots...picked up his first point of the season on an assist in the NJIT (9/23) match.

Steven Sanchez (Sr., F, San Jose, Calif.) has started all 10 matches this year...leads the team with 33 shots, 13 on frame, seven goals and two game-winners...also has an assist...ranks in the top-50 nationally in goals per game (21st), goals (28th), points per game (35th) and total points (49th)...is tied for second in goals (7) and game winning goals (2), third in the MPSF in points (15) and goals per game (0.70)...got the game-winners at Santa Clara (9/9) and at Sacramento State (9/16)...had the first multi-goal game of his careeer when he found the back of the net twice against Bradley (9/21)...scored the team's lone goal in a 1-2 overtime decision at Stanford (9/12)...has nine GWGs in 15 career tallies.

Mauricio Murillo (Jr., MF, Santa Clara, Calif.) has started all 10 matches this year and has taken two shots.

Israel Ayala (Fr., MF, Richmond, Calif.) has made three starts, against USF (8/24), Cal Poly (9/2) and at UNLV (10/7), in eight appearances...has taken three shots...his major college debut came in the start against USF.

Jasper Pipe (Fr., F, Sydney, Australia) has made two starts, against USF (8/24) and Cal Poly (9/2), and appeared in eight matches...has taken two shots putting both on goal...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Jonathan Salceda (Jr., F, San Jose, Calif.) has made seven starts and appeared in all 10 matches...scored two goals and assisted on two more in the Santa Clara (9/9) win and earned MPSF Player of the Week for the effort...opened the scoring in a 2-1 win at CSU Bakersfield (10/5)...picked up an assist on the Sacramento State (9/16) game-winner as well as the Bradley game-winner...leads the team in assists (4) and among the top-3 in four other offensive categories.  

Kyler McLaughlin (Fr., D, San Diego, Calif.) has started three matches in five appearances...first collegiate point, an assist, came against Cal Poly (9/2)...has taken one shot...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Enrique Montano (So., MF, Salinas, Calif.) has started all 10 matches this year and taken six shots, putting three on frame...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Frankie Beauchamp (So., MF, San Francisco, Calif.) has started in all nine matches in which he has appeared...got his first collegiate point, an assist, in the Bradley (9/21) win and his second at CSU Bakersfield (10/5)...has taken four shots...
his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Diego Ochoa (Sr., MF, San Jose, Calif.) has made seven appearances and earned four starts...picked up an assist against Bradley (9/21)...has attempted nine shots, two on goal.

Dylan Murphy (Sr., D, San Francisco, Calif.) has appeared in all 10matches this year, earning five starts...has taken 10 shots, put six on frame and scored three goals; against Cal Poly (9/2), at Santa Clara (9/9) and at Sacramento State (9/16).

Thomas Barnes (Fr., F, Kings Lynn, England) has appeared in all 10 matches this year, earning seven starts...scored his first goal, the game winner, against Bradley (9/21)...has taken 11 shots, six on frame...first collegiate point, an assist, came at Stanford (9/12) also assisted on goals against NJIT (9/23) and at UNLV (10/7)...his major college debut came against USF (8/24).

Eric Mendez (Fr., F, Santa Cruz, Calif.) has appeared in five matches this year, garnering three starts...rewarded the start at Santa Clara (9/9) with his first collegiate goal...has taken four shots, all on goal...his major college debut came against USF (8/24).

Garret Foster (RFr., F, Livermore, Calif.) made appearances in eight matches this season, all as a reserve...named the MPSF and the collegesportsmadness.com Player of the Week for October 1-7...had the game winners at CSU Bakersfield (10/5) and UNLV (10/7) among his three goals...has taken seven shots with four being on frame...scored his first collegiate goal against NJIT (9/23).

Edwin Velazquez (Sr., D, Antioch, Calif.) made his first of six appearances against Cal Poly (9/2) and earned starts at Seattle (9/30), CSU Bakersfield (10/5) and UNLV (10/7).

Jamison Loveless
(So., MF, Boise, Idaho) has appeared in three matches this year.

Ryan Thomas (Jr., D, Livermore, Calif.) made his first of seven appearances  against Cal Poly (9/2) and has earned starts at Stanford (9/12) and at Sacramento State (9/16), against Bradley (9/21), NJIT (9/23) and UNLV (10/7).