San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State University men’s soccer team takes to the road this week after five games at home. The Spartans will travel to Colorado over the weekend to take on Air Force and Denver in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action. San Jose State will face Air Force on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. before heading to Denver on Oct. 21 to play the Pioneers at 1:00 p.m.
SAN JOSE STATE (7-5-0, 2-1-0 MPSF)
The Spartans are currently 7-5-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in conference play. The team went 1-1 over the weekend after falling to Lobos of New Mexico and defeating the Rebels of UNLV. San Jose State is in second place in the MPSF behind the No. 24 Lobos. Denver is ranked third in the conference and Air Force is tied for fourth.
San Jose State had its four-game winning streak broken on Friday, Oct. 12 with a 4-1 loss to then No. 22 New Mexico. The hard-fought game in the rain was a true battle for the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the conference. Senior Julio Gonzalez scored the lone goal of the game for the Spartans. Gonzalez tallied his second goal of the weekend in the Spartans’ 3-0 shutout victory of the Rebels on Oct. 14. The forward leads San Jose State in goals with six so far this season. Gonzalez is tied for points with fellow senior Ismael Ibarra. Ibarra has notched five goals and two assists this season for a total of 12 points.
AIR FORCE (3-7-1, 1-2-0 MPSF)
Air Force is 3-7-1 this season with a 1-2-0 conference mark. Senior Andy Nigro was just named the MPSF Player of the Week after registering one goal and one assist for his first three season points in an important 2-1 MPSF road win at Denver. He put away a ninth-minute goal and dished out a 43rd minute game-winning assist. The Falcons snapped a six-game winless streak in the process, while picking up their first conference win. Kyle Schafer leads the Falcons on offense with two goals and an assist for five points.
DENVER (5-4-1, 1-1-1 MPSF)
Denver is 5-4-1 on the season with a 1-1-1 MPSF record. Kellan Christensen is the team-leader on offense with 14 points. Christensen has notched six goals and two assists in 10 games. On Oct. 5, the Pioneers recorded a 1-1 tie against the Lobos of New Mexico. Denver’s 2-1 loss to Air Force was the Pioneers' first home match in six games. The team has a 2-2-0 home record.
Following their trip to Colorado, the Spartans return home to host the Falcons and Pioneers on San Jose State’s home field.