First-place men's soccer travels to Air Force, Denver

San Jose, Calif.---The first-place San Jose State men's soccer team will head to Colorado this weekend with match-ups against Air Force, Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., and Denver, Sunday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m.

The team will look to even its season series with Air Force at 1-1 after losing to the Falcons Friday, Oct. 21, and to continue their dominance of Denver, whom they defeated 3-1 Sunday, Oct. 23. See this week's notes for more information.

THIS WEEK: Spartans in Mountain Pacific Sports Action on the Road San Jose State at Air Force (5-7-2, 3-1-1) in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 5 p.m. MST San Jose State at Denver (5-1-1, 1-4) in Denver, Colo., at 11 a.m. MST

LAST WEEK: Spartans lose to Air Force 3-1, Defeat Denver 3-1 vs. Air Force: The first goal of the day was scored by Air Force’s Brenden Greenaway on a shot from the left to the near corner with an assist from Scott Muir at 32:13. The Spartans evened the game at 47:57 when Nelson Diaz scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season on a shot past the goalkeeper in the corner. San Jose State took the lead when Hiroki Akiyama scored his first goal of his collegiate career on a corner kick tapped in at the near post. Gavin Wenyon was credited with his seventh assist of the season on the goal. Air Force tied it back up Scott Muir scored on the rebound from David Schill at 64:06. Muir scored the game winner at 73:44 with assists from Schill and Clay McGillivray.

vs. Denver: The Spartans took control early with a goal at 4:48 by Dan Oka on a header off the rebound from a header by Dylan Pender. It was Oka’s s third goal of 2005. The Spartans scored again at 9:31 when Ismael Ibarra, last week’s MPSF Brine Player of the Week, scored his fifth goal of the season on a shot that was deflected from a corner kick. Johnny Gonzalez and Gavin Wenyon were credited with assists on the goal. It was Wenyon’s team-leading eighth assist of the year. Gonzalez scored his third goal of the season at 28:08 on a right from the right to the left corner. Hiroki Akiyama, who scored his first collegiate goal against Air Force Friday, Oct. 21, was credited with the assist.

HEAD COACH GARY ST. CLAIR Gary St. Clair enters his 16th season as the San Jose State University men’s soccer coach. On October 17, 2004, St. Clair led the Spartans to the program’s historic 500th win of all-time against conference rival San Diego State. SJSU is now one of just 26 men’s soccer programs around the country, in all divisions, to reach the milestone.As one of only two coaches in the 78-year history of San Jose State men's soccer to reach the 100-win plateau for coaching victories, St. Clair enters the 2005 season with a 143-133-21 record at the major college level. He is a four-time "Coach of the Year" honoree - twice by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), and twice by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as the Far West Region's top field leader. Three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, St. Clair led the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament. The 1998 team ended a 22-year absence by San Jose State in NCAA Tournament action. The Spartans captured the 2000 and 2003 MPSF Tournament titles and reached the championship final in 2002. After rebuilding the program's foundation in his first three seasons, St. Clair has since produced eight winning seasons, six of them with double-digit victory totals.