San José State men's soccer team sits in 11th place in the WAC but are only three points out of fourth place with four regular season matches remaining on the schedule. The Spartans look to take care of business at home this Sunday, October 23 against #21 ranked Utah Valley.
San José State (2-11-2, 1-4-1 WAC) vs. Utah Valley Wolverines (*11-3-0, 4-1-0 WAC)
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 12:00 p.m. PT
SJSU Football Practice Facility
San Jose, Calif.
*Utah Valley plays a game on Friday, October 21, ahead of the game with San José State.
NATIONAL RANKING STATUS FOR TUCAKOVIC:
Goalkeeper Nedin Tucakovic leads the NCAA in goalie minutes played with 1429:42, second in total saves (85) and tied for ninth in saves per game (5.67).
PENALTY KICK KILLER:
Tucakovic has stopped both penalty kick attempts this season, one against Pacific and the other against UC Riverside. Against Pacific, Tucakovic made his save with the score tied at 2-2, which the Spartans went on to win, 3-2. Against UCR, Tucakovic kept the score tied at 1-1 with his save and the game eventually ended in a 2-2 tie.
PLAYING AT CEFCU STADIUM:
SJSU has played a total of three matches inside CEFCU Stadium this season, including two last week against HBU on Oct.14 and UIW on Oct.16). The last two matches were due to the inclement weather. Spartans are 1-1-1 at CEFCU. Weather permitting, the remaining two home matches will be played at the SJSU Football Practice Facility.
KNIBBS’ WAC CAREER SNAPSHOT
Three-time All-WAC honoree Rory Knibbs is just three points back (38) of the all-time mark for points (41) in WAC matches and sits one goal back (18), behind Tulsa’s Donvan Bradshaw (19) who played from 1996-99.
COLUNGA’S WAC CAREER SNAPSHOT
Two-time ALL-WAC honoree Jonathan Colunga is one assist back (10) of SMU’s Daniel Hernandez (1996-97) on the all-time mark for assists in WAC matches.
TREND OF FALLING BEHIND:
In 12 of the last 14 matches, the Spartans have allowed the opponent to score the first goal, going 1-10-1 in the span, with the sole win coming against Pacific. SJSU came back to tie the score in seven of those 12 matches but are only 1-5-1 in them.
Twenty-four of the 27 players on the roster have played this season. Goalkeepers Rodrigo Reyes-Zavalza, Kris Donaldson and Josephy Kay have yet to play this season. Goalkeeper Nedin Tucakovic is the only Spartan that has started in all 15 Spartan games. Seven Spartans have played in all 15 games: Alex Alcaraz, Jonathan Colunga, Rory Knibbs, Jeremy Romero, Leo Silva, Nedin Tucakovic and Carlos Valdovinos.
SERIES HISTORY WITH UTAH VALLEY:
Utah Valley leads the all-time series against San José State, 2-0-0. Spartans head coach Simon Tobin is 0-2-0 against Utah Valley in his two seasons at SJSU.
THE WORD ON UTAH VALLEY:
The Wolverines come into this week 11-3-0 overall and 4-1-0 in WAC play. Utah Valley moved back into the NSCAA Coaches’ Top 25 this week, holding down the 21st spot. Utah Valley leads the league in goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.71) and shutouts (9). Aaron Meyer is tied for the league league in assists (5). Goalkeeper Mitch Jensen has yet to allow a goal in six matches played and leads the WAC with a 0.00 goals against average and 1.000 save percentage.
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