Men's Soccer: Top-Ranked Spartans To Conclude Conference Season At Denver, Air Force

This week: San Jose State University concludes the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation portion of its schedule with a pair of Mountain Division road games. The Spartans are at the University of Denver on Friday, October 27 and at the Air Force Academy on Sunday, October 29. Friday's game begins at 3:00 p.m. (MT) with Sunday's game kicking off at 1:00 p.m. (MT).

Season record: San Jose State is 14-0-1 overall, 6-0-0 in conference games.

Spartans in the MPSF: San Jose State is in first place in the Mountain Division of the MPSF with a 6-0 record (18 points). The University of Denver is second with a 4-1 record (12 points) and the Air Force Academy is third at 2-3-0 (6 points).

Magic number is one: A San Jose State win over Denver on Friday will clinch the Mountain Division title for the Spartans.

Spartans vs. this week's opponents: San Jose State trails 2-1 in the all-time series against Denver. The Spartans defeated the Pioneers, 2-0, on Oct. 15 at Spartan Stadium. Denver defeated Air Force twice last week to improve to 8-4-0 overall and 4-1 in the MPSF Mountain Division.

The Spartans hold a 10-3-2 lead in the all-time series against Air Force. San Jose State defeated the Falcons, 3-0, on Oct. 1 at Spartan Stadium. Air Force now stands at 5-6-1 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain Division of the MPSF.

Spartans remain number one: San Jose State remains the number one ranked team in the nation in the NSCAA coaches poll. This is the second straight week the Spartans are the top-ranked team in the poll.

The Spartans received 471 points in this week's poll, released Monday. Southern Methodist is second with 434 points and Indiana is third with 433 points.

Last week San Jose State garnered 460 points to 443 for Indiana and 433 for SMU.

In the other national rankings: San Jose State moved up one spot to third in this week's Soccer Times Top 25 coaches ranking. The Spartans received two first place votes and 271 total points. The first place team in the poll, North Carolina, received 279 total points, and the second place team, SMU, received 273 total points.

The Spartans improved three spots in the Soccer America top 20 this week. San Jose State is ranked sixth in this week's poll.

In the College Soccer News media top 20, the Spartans are ranked 13th, up four spots from last week.

San Jose State is ranked seventh in the Mad Dog Soccer top 30 ranking. The Spartans were 13th in last week's poll.

Spartans in the NSCAA regional ranking: San Jose State is also ranked number one in this week's NSCAA Far West regional ranking. It is the third straight week the Spartans are the top-ranked team in the region.

Last week: San Jose State concluded the home portion of its schedule with two victories, 4-1 over Sacramento State on Thursday and 2-0 over Fresno State on Sunday. The Spartans finished 9-0-1 at home this season, the first time SJSU has had an undefeated home record in Gary St. Clair's 11 years as head coach.

Isaias Bardales, Gareth Williams, Lars Lyssand and Carter Hernandez each scored a goal in Thursday's win. Cesar Gutierrez was credited with three assists and Tony Chang had an assist.

Ryan Suarez and Jorge Martinez scored the Spartan goals against Fresno State. Lyssand and Williams both had an assist during the game.

Humphreys extends own record: Humphreys recorded his 11th combined shutout of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over Fresno State at Spartan Stadium. He broke the previous record of nine shutouts in a season in San Jose State's 2-0 win over Denver on Oct. 15th.

Humphreys is now tied for second in career shutouts, with 15. The all-time career shutouts leader is current Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair, who had 18 shutouts from 1970-73.

Humphreys is GAA leader: Humphreys is the NCAA Division 1 and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leader in Goals Against Average. In 15 games he has given up three goals for a 0.21 average.

Martinez among national scoring leaders: Jorge Martinez is tied for seventh in the NCAA Division 1 national statistics in points per game. In 15 games, he has scored 35 points (13 goals and 9 assists) for a 2.33 per game average. In goals per game he is tied for 20th in the national statistics with a 0.87 average, and he is tied for 18th in assists per game at 0.60.

MPSF leaders: Jorge Martinez is the MPSF leader in scoring, with 35 points in 13 games. Lars Lyssand is fourth in the MPSF Mountain Division with 16 points, Isaias Bardales is sixth with 15 points, Ryan Suarez is eighth (11 points) and Frank Sanfilippo is ninth (10 points).

Martinez also leads the MPSF in goals scored, with 13. Bardales is tied for third in the Mountain Division with 6 goals, Suarez is seventh with five and Lyssand is tied for eighth with four.

Martinez is the MPSF leader in assists with nine, while Lyssand is second with eight. Sanfilippo is tied for fourth in the Mountain Division with 4, with Tony Chang, Cesar Gutierrez and Gareth Williams among those tied for seventh with three.

Chris Humphreys, who leads the MPSF in Goals Allowed Average (0.21), is tied for third in the Mountain Division in saves with 30.

Team statistical notes: San Jose State remains the only NCAA Division 1 team that has not lost this season. The Spartans have the best winning percentage among NCAA Division 1 teams, at .967. San Jose State is tied for first with Stanford in Goals Against Average, at 0.26, and is second in shutout percentage (.733). The Spartans are 14th in the nation in scoring offense, at 2.73 points per game.

Upcoming schedule/time change: San Jose State concludes the regular season with games at Cal Poly on Nov. 1 and at California on Nov. 4. The starting time for the California game in Berkeley has been changed to 2:30 p.m. (PT).

MPSF playoff picture: The top two teams in each division advance to the MPSF playoffs, which will be hosted by the Pacific Division winner. The first place team in each division hosts the second place team from the other division in the first round, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10. The championship game, pitting the two winners of the Nov. 10 games, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12. The winner of the Nov. 12 game receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Head Coach Gary St. Clair: Gary St. Clair is in his 11th season as San Jose State's head coach. His career record is 99-96-14 (.508).