San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team face the same teams, on the same day, as last week, but do so on the road as they trave to Seattle and then Bakersfield for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (4-4-3, 1-2-0 MPSF)
at SEATTLE UNIVERSITY (1-7-2, 0-3-0 MPSF)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1:00 P.M.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD, SEATTLE, WASH.
at CSU BAKERSFIELD (7-0-4, 3-0-0 MPSF)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1:00 P.M.
MAIN SOCCER FIELD, BAKERSFIELD, CALIF.
SCOUTING SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
The Redhawks host San Jose State with a 1-7-2 overall record,0-3-0 in MPSF action. Last weekend they lost to the Spartans 2-1 in overtime ahead of a 2-1 loss at Sacramento State.
Seattle University 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 1-7-2 record in 10 starts. He has allowed 19 goals in 68 shots that have been on frame. Feener has one shutout, a 1.83 GAA and .721 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 Roadrunners will face Sacramento State prior hosting San Jose on Sunday. Entering the week, CSUB sports a 7-0-4 record, 3-0-0 in MPSF play after road wins over Sacramento State and the Spartans.
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 13 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 28 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 7-0-4 record in 11 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 OPPONENT
Since the 2008-09 season the Spartans and Redhawks have met five
times with San Jose State going undefeated 4-0-1. In Seattle, San Jose State had a 1-0 win in 2009 and a 0-0 draw last season.
The Spartans are 3-3-0 in their SIX meetings with CSUB, with Bakersfield taking the last three. SJSU took the first three meetings dating back to a 2-0 win in 2007.
ST. CLAIR REACHES 200 VICTORY PLATEAU
With a 2-1 overtime win against Seattle University on Friday, October 7, Spartans head men's soccer coach Gary St. Clair recorded his 200th win as a Division I head coach. He's earned all his wins coaching his alma mater, San Jose State in now his 22nd season.
LESTER MOVES INTO TOP-10 IN SAVES
With his seven-save performance against CSU Bakersfield, keeper Jonathan Lester has made 44 saves this season and 164 for his career. He ranks ninth on the program's all-time saves list and is seven shy of tying Chris Humphreys (1997-00) for eighth place at 171.
SAN JOSE STATE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF FIRST STRIKES
When the Spartans score the first goal in a match in 2011 their record is 4-0-1, but when the opponent get the first goal San Jose State is 0-4-1.
LA SPINA OPENS AND CLOSES OUT SEATTLE
Senior Allen La Spina picked up the first goal of his career against Seatttle (10/7) to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. After the Redhawks tied the game in the 79th minute the team's went to overtime.
La Spina then finished off Seattle with the game winner in the 94th minute, his first game-winner. Both goals were assisted by Nick Cashmere and were from tight angles on the left side of the box.
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.
Ranks eighth 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 (28) and eighth in assists (3)...recorded assists on both goals in a 2-1 win against Seattle (10/7)...tied for the team lead with three goals after scoring against Santa Clara (9/22)...tops the team with 28 shots and 9 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
Scored the first two goals of his Spartan career in a 2-1 win over Seattle (10/7)...picked up his second assists of the year at UC Riverside (9/18)...first assists came at Loyola Marymount (9/16).
Third in the MPSF with 44 saves, shutouts (2), GGA (1.12), and saves per game (4.40), second in save percentage (.786)...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).
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 10th in the MPSF in shots (24) and eighth in assists (3)...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 16.18 shots per contest, third best in the MPSF...on the opposite end of the field the Spartans goals against averge (1.10) is also the third best in the conference and the keeper's average of 4.27 saves per game is the second best among MPSF schools.