Woodland, Calif. - San Jose State University sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Lester has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Week for the week of October 12-18.
Lester, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and first-year transfer out of Southern Methodist University, is a first-time weekly conference honoree, and the first Spartan to be so recognized in 2009 after four awards a year ago, including each of the last three.
Lester played all 199:23 of a pair of shutout home victories for San Jose State this past weekend. He faced 23 shots and needed to make seven saves for the Spartans, who have won five straight and are undefeated over their past six. San Jose State is tied atop the MPSF standings following the first week of play, with all six points from two narrow 1-0 wins inside Spartan Stadium.
Lester has now posted five shutouts over San Jose State's past six games, allowing just a single goal over 579:23, for an incredible 0.16 goals-against-average during this stretch. He has six individual clean sheets in all on the year, and leads the MPSF in most statistical categories, including goals-against-average (0.71), save percentage (.775), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.50).
Lester made three stops in a dramatic 1-0 triumph over defending first-time MPSF champion and 2008 NCAA Championship participant University of Denver on Friday night, October 16, as redshirt sophomore teammate Justin Castro's exquisite free kick into the upper left corner won it for the Spartans just 37 seconds from the end of the second and final overtime period. He had four more saves in another 1-0 league defeat, this time over Air Force thanks to an early strike, on Sunday afternoon, October 18.
San Jose State heads back on the road this week, playing at first-year MPSF foes Cal State Bakersfield and Seattle.
The other Co-Player of the Week was New Mexico's senior forward, Justin Davis (Litchfield Park, Ariz./Westview HS). Davis registered four points on one goal, Sunday's overtime game-winner against Cal State Bakersfield, and two assists, as the Lobos took each of their home games on the first weekend of MPSF play. This marks his second award of 2009.
Other nominees included: Seattle University's Ian Walsh; Cal State Bakersfield's Robbie Gouk; Sacramento State's Ernesto Carranza.