San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team hosts its final two home matches of the year this week. On Friday, October 21 they welcome the Air Force Academy Falcons to Spartan Stadium. Then on Sunday, October 23, the Denver Pioneers will be the Spartans opponent. Before the match San Jose State will honor seven seniors who will be playing in the final home match of their Spartan careers.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (6-4-3, 3-2-0 MPSF)
vs. AIR FORCE ACADEMY (7-5-1, 1-3-1 MPSF)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 5:00 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
VS. DENVER UNIVERSITY (4-6-3, 2-2-1 MPSF)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2:30 P.M.
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SPARTANS AGAINST THESE OPPONENT
Since the 2005-06 season the Spartans and Falcons have met 10 times with San Jose State going 6-4-0. In San Jose, the Spartans hold a 3-2-0 advantage and have won the last two meetings 1-0 in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.
The Spartans have lost three of the last five to the Poineers in San Jose, but won the last meeting, in 2009-10 1-0. Since 2005-06, the Spartans are 3-6-1 against DU.
SANCHEZ NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior striker Steven Sanchez was been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Soccer Player of the Week for October 10-16.
Sanchez took four shots, placed three on goal and scored twice, both game winners in two matches over the weekend. In a 1-1 tie at No. 19 CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Sanchez found the back of the net at the 46:13 mark. His goal turned out to be the game winner and handed the previously unbeaten Roadrunners their first loss of the year. Additionally, tied 1-1 in the 90th-minute in Seattle on Friday, Sanchez collected a loose ball in the box and slotted it home at the 89:45 mark for a 2-1 Spartans win.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR SANCHEZ
For the week ending on October 16, junior striker Steve Sanchez was named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week.
Sanchez was at the right place at the right time this week netting the winning goal with fifteen seconds remaining in regulation in San Jose State's 2-1 win over Seattle University. He also scored the game-winning goal in the Spartans 2-1 win over #19 CSU Bakersfield.
GOING FOR THREE STRAIGHT
With a victory on Friday, San Jose State will put together three straight MPSF wins for the first time since they opened the 2009 conference season with five consecutive wins.
SPARTANS IN THE POLLS
Following its sweep of a two-game conference roadtrip last weekend San Jose State is ninth in the October 18 NSCAA Far West poll. The Spartans are one of three teams in the MPSF to appear in the poll; New Mexico (#1) and CSU Bakersfield (#5) are the other two.
This is the second time San Jose State had appeared in the regional poll this year.
SAN JOSE STATE HONORS SENIORS ON SUNDAY
Prior to Sunday's match against Denver, San Jose State will honor seven seniors who will be making their final home appearance in a Spartans uniform. The seven are defender Dan Addiego, striker Nick Cashmere, midfielder Roberto Casteneda, defender Jose Cortez, striker Craig Hertler, striker Allen LaSpina and keeper Jonathan Lester.
Ranks ninth 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 fourth in the MPSF in shots (37) 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.
Ranks eighth in assists (3) in the MPSF...picked up an assists at #19 CSU Bakersfield (10/16)...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.
Scored his second goal of the year at #19 CSU Bakersfield (10/16)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.
Picked up his first goal of the year at Seattle (10/14)...had an assists on the game winner at #19 CSU Bakersfield.
Collected his first point as a Spartan, an assist, against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11).
College Soccer News' National Team of the Week selection for October 10-16...MPSF Player of the Week for October 10-16...leads the MPSF in game winning goals (3)...got the game winner at #19 CSU Bakersfield (10/16), it was his team leading fourth goal and third gwg...scored the game winner at Seattle (10/14), his third goal and second gwg...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 15.54 shots per contest, third best in the MPSF...on the opposite end of the field the Spartans goals against averge (1.08) is also the third best in the conference and the keeper's average of 5.00 saves per gameis tops among MPSF schools.