Spartans Travel to CSU Bakersfield, Hosts Seattle U

October 13, 2010

Men's Soccer Preview:
San Jose State (6-4-2, 0-1-2 MPSF) will take on two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches, traveling down the coast to face Cal State Bakersfield (7-3-1, 2-0-1 MPSF) on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. and then returning home to host Seattle University (3-5-3, 1-1-1 MPSF) on Sunday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.

Live Coverage:
Fans can follow both games via Live Stats at gorunners.com for Friday's game and SJSUSpartans.com for Sunday's game.  Links can be found under the Live Stats button on the front page.

Scouting Bakersfield:
The first place Roadrunners closed the weekend with a pair of MPSF road games, tying Sacramento State 0-0 (October 8) before beating San Jose State (October 10), 2-1. 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.  Jesus Sanchez leads the team in goals this season with five, followed by Gyasi Zardes, Richard Menjivar and Keeyan Ghazanfarpour with two each.  Goalkeeper Eric Shannon leads the MPSF in shutouts (4) and holds a 0.87 goals against average. 

The Series With CSUB:
The Spartans' hold a 3-1-0 record over the Roadrunners.  Last week (October 10) the Roadrunners edged the Spartans in the first overtime, 2-1.

Perfect At Bakersfield:
The Spartans have not lost when playing the Roadrunners on their home turf.  San Jose State is 2-0 in Bakersfield, winning 2-0 in 2008 and 4-2 in 2009.

Scouting Seattle U:
The Redhawks tallied a pair of shutouts this weekend, with a 0-0 double-overtime tie with San Jose State (October 8) and a 1-0 home win over Sacramento State ( October 10).  MPSF Player of the Week, goalkeeper Jake Feener, combined for 12 saves in two shutouts in his collegiate debuts over the weekend.  SU is returning with 14 letterwinners and seven starters from a squad who finished fourth in 2009 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).

The Series With SU:
Since SU's debut as an NCAA Division I team, the Spartans hold a 1-0-1 series lead over the Redhawks.  Last week (October 8) the two squared off in Seattle ending in a 0-0 double-overtime tie.  The Spartans traveled to Seattle in 2009, blanking the Redhawks 1-0.

Words From Head Coach Gary St. Clair:
"Heading into the weekend, I don't think we will prepare any differently other than emphasizing on finishing the match.  I think our team has played extremely well thus far.  We hope to come out of this weekend with max points." 

Two Spartans Listed In Top 20 College Players To Watch:
Top Drawer Soccer lists weekly a "Conference Top 20 Players to Watch" list, and the most recent list (October 12) has two Spartans included.  Senior Josh Boemecke ranked at No. 8 and senior Jonathan Lester ranked No. 10.

Conference Rankings:
The 2010 MPSF Individual Statistics, through October 10, included Spartans' top performers.  Senior Josh Boemecke leads the MPSF in total goals (7) and goals per game (0.58).  Boemecke shares the lead in game-winning goals (3) and total points (14), and is runner-up in points per game (1.17) and total shots (36).

Last Week's Results:
The Spartans played Seattle U to a scoreless tie on the road (October 8), before falling in overtime at home to CS Bakersfield (October 10), 2-1.  At Seattle, the Spartans outshot the Redhawks 19-15.  A frenzy of shots started the first overtime with Josh Boemecke hitting three and Omri Brinner, Ricky Dorrego, Oscar Yniguez and Dylan Murphy, knocking one apiece.  At home against CS Bakersfield, San Jose State pounced on an early opportunity to score just eight minutes in, when Josh Boemecke knocked home his seventh of the season.  The Roadrunners scored the equalizer in the 58th-minute, followed by the OT game-winner 37 seconds into the extra frame.  Goalkeeper Jonathan Lester accumulated 10 saves over the two games.

Coming Up:
SJSU heads East to Colorado for a pair of MPSF opponents starting with Air Force on Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. and Denver on Sunday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m.