Men's soccer travels to Denver, Air Force

THIS WEEK

San Jose State will turn right around to face MPSF rivals Denver and Air Force once again, this time for its last road trip of the season. The Spartans face DU on October 20 and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs two days later on October 22. Kick-off for both games is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

SPARTANS DEFEAT AIR FORCE IN OVERTIME

El Shaddai Bent scored his first career goal at the 98:21 mark in overtime to give the San Jose State men’s soccer team a crucial 1-0 victory over Air Force on Sunday afternoon in Spartan Stadium. A sloppy contest in which a combined 45 fouls were called led to two scoreless halves, and it looked like the match would go into a second overtime before Julio Gonzalez flipped the ball over the top of the Falcon defense to the foot of Bent, who beat his man and ultimately Falcon goalkeeper Brian Guyette to decide the contest. Hiroki Akiyama was also credited with an assist on the play.

BENT NETS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL

El Shaddai Bent scored his first collegiate goal and the game-winning goal in overtime on Sunday afternoon to beat Air Force. Bent led the Spartans with two shots on goal, and was one of three players with three shots in the contest.

MANN ENTERS EXCLUSIVE COMPANY

With his fourth shutout of the season against Air Force on Sunday, goalkeeper Richard Mann is now on the school’s all-time shutouts list with eight. Mann moves into a tie for ninth place with eight career shutouts. The career record for shutouts is 18, which is held by two players, including head coach Gary St. Clair.

GONZALEZ PICKS UP FIRST POINT AS SPARTAN

Junior transfer Julio Gonzalez scored his first point of his Spartan career Sunday afternoon against Air Force when he assisted on El Shaddai Bent’s first career and game-winning goal in overtime against Air Force.

MOORE COLLECTS SECOND CAREER GOAL

After his game winning goal at Sacramento State, Colby Moore pulled into a tie with Ed Brand and Hiroki Akiyama for the team lead in goals scored this season with two. Brand’s two goals came on penalty kicksagainst Notre Dame de Namur, while Moore scored his first collegiate goal at Stanford, when he netted the game-tying goal with less than four minutes remaining in the match.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

With just four returning starters and seven returning lettermen, youth will be served this season for the San Jose State men's soccer team. The 2006 squad features 19 players who will be wearing Spartan uniforms for the first time.

CAPTAINS, EXPERIENCE AT MIDFIELD

The most experienced part of the Spartan lineup in 2006 will be the midfield group, where senior captains Daniel Perez and Diego Soto return. Perez has started on and off for the past three years, while Soto started 18 games in his first season in an SJSU uniform in 2005 and earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention.