Top-Ranked Spartans To Host Sacramento State, Fresno State

This week: San Jose State plays the final two home games of the season this week. The Spartans meet Sacramento State Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and battles Fresno State Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Spartan Stadium and are Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mountain Division games.

Season record: San Jose State is 12-0-1 overall, 4-0-0 in conference games.

Spartans in the MPSF: San Jose State is in first place in the Mountain Division of the MPSF with a 4-0 record (12 points). The University of Denver and the Air Force Academy are tied for second with 2-1 marks (6 points). Fresno State is fourth at 1-3 (8-4-1 overall) and Sacramento State is fifth with an 0-4 mark (4-8-1 overall).

Spartans vs. this week's opponents: San Jose State holds an 18-5-2 lead in the all-time series against Sacramento State. The Spartans have won the last seven meetings, including a 3-0 victory on Sept. 17 in Sacramento. That game was the first conference game of the season for both teams.

San Jose State trails the all-time series against Fresno State, 7-24-1. The Spartans won last week in Fresno, 4-0.

Spartans are number one: In one poll, at least, San Jose State is the number one ranked team in the nation.

In this week's NSCAA ranking, the Spartans are the top-ranked team. It is the first time since 1969 San Jose State has been ranked number one in a poll. The Spartans were ranked third in the poll last week. San Jose State was also ranked third in the NSCAA poll for two weeks during the 1998 season.

In the other national rankings: San Jose State moved up three spots to fourth (4) in this week's Soccer Times top 25 poll.

The Spartans also improved three spots in the Soccer America top 20 this week. San Jose State is ranked ninth (9) in this week's poll.

In the College Soccer News media top 20, the Spartans jumped two spots to 17th. San Jose State had been ranked 19th in the poll the past two weeks.

San Jose State is ranked 13th in the Mad Dog Soccer top 30 ranking. The Spartans were 15th in last week's poll.

Spartans in the NSCAA regional ranking: San Jose State is also ranked number one in this week's NSCAA Far West regional ranking. It is the second straight week the Spartans are the top-ranked team in the region

Humphreys receives MPSF honor: San Jose State goalkeeper Chris Humphreys was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week Monday. Humphreys set a school record with his ninth and 10th combined shutouts of the season last week as the Spartans shut out Fresno State and Denver.

It is the second straight week Humphreys has been honored. Last week he was named the Soccer Times Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 2-8.

Humphreys sets new record: Humphreys set a San Jose State single-season record for shutouts with his 10th combined shutout of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over Denver at Spartan Stadium. He broke the previous record of nine shutouts in a season, set in 1968 by Rick Habenicht.

Humphreys is GAA leader: Humphreys is the NCAA Division 1 and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leader in Goals Against Average. In 13 games he has given up two goals for a 0.16 average.

Martinez among national scoring leaders: Jorge Martinez is sixth in the NCAA Division 1 national statistics in points per game. In 13 games, he has scored 33 points (12 goals and 9 assists) for a 2.54 per game average. In goals per game, he is tied for 16th in the national statistics with a 0.92 average, and he is tied for sixth in assists per game at 0.69.

MPSF scoring leaders: Jorge Martinez is the MPSF leader in scoring, with 33 points in 13 games. Isaias Bardales and Lars Lyssand are tied for fifth in the MPSF Mountain Division in scoring. Both have 13 points in 13 games for a 1.00 average. Frank Sanfilippo is eighth in the division in scoring, with 10 points in 13 games (0.77 average). Ryan Suarez is in a tie for ninth in division scoring with 9 points in 13 games.

MPSF assist leaders: Lars Lyssand is tied for 16th in the NCAA Division 1 national statistics in assists. He has seven assists in 11 games for a 0.64 average. Lyssand is second (behind Jorge Martinez) in the MPSF Mountain Division in assists.

Team statistical notes: San Jose State is the only NCAA Division 1 team that has not lost this season. The Spartans have the best winning percentage among NCAA Division 1 teams, at .962. San Jose State is second in the nation in Goals Against Average, at 0.23, and shutout percentage (.769). The Spartans are 16th in the nation in scoring offense, at 2.69 points per game.

Last week: The Spartans secured first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Mountain Division with a pair of shutout wins ? 4-0 over Fresno State and 2-0 over Denver. The two division victories improved SJSU's record to 4-0 in division play, 12-0-1 overall.

Jorge Martinez, Fausto Villegas, Ryan Suarez and Isaias Bardales each scored a goal as San Jose State took a 4-0 first-half lead en route to the victory over Fresno State. Humphreys recorded his ninth combined shutout of the season as the Spartan defense allowed just one shot on goal.

Frank Sanfilippo and Suarez each scored in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Denver. Humphreys broke the school record with his 10th combined shutout as Denver managed just one shot the entire game.

Upcoming schedule/time change: Following Sunday's game, the Spartans travel to Colorado next week for conference games against Denver (Friday, Oct. 27) and Air Force (Sunday, Oct. 29). Those games complete the conference schedule for the Spartans.

San Jose State concludes the regular season with games at Cal Poly on Nov. 1 and at California on Nov. 4. The starting time for the California game in Berkeley has been changed to 2:30 p.m. (PT).

MPSF playoff picture: The top two teams in each division advance to the MPSF playoffs, which will be hosted by the Pacific Division winner. The first place team in each division hosts the second place team from the other division in the first round, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10. The championship game, pitting the two winners of the Nov. 10 games, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12. The winner of the Nov. 12 game receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Head Coach Gary St. Clair : Gary St. Clair is in his 11th season as San Jose State's head coach. His career record is 97-96-14 (.503).