San Jose, Calif. - With any combination of a San Jose State win and a UNLV loss in the last three regular season matches, the Spartans men's soccer team will punch its ticket to the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (7-5-3, 4-3-0 MPSF)
at UNLV (3-11-0, 2-5-0 MPSF)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7:00 P.M.
JOHANN FIELD, LAS VEGAS, NEV.
at NO. 1 NEW MEXICO (13-0-2, 7-0-0 MPSF)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1:00 P.M.
LOBO SOCCER COMPLEX, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
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SPARTANS AGAINST THESE OPPONENT
Since the 2005-06 season the Spartans and Rebels have met 11 times with San Jose State going 6-4-1. In Las Vegas, the Spartans hold a 3-1-0 advantage, but dropped a 0-1 result in 2008-09, the last time San Jose State traveled to Nevada.
In the last three meetings, the Spartans have a 1-1-1 record against New Mexico with all those games being contested in Spartan Stadium. Since 2005-06, the Spartans are 2-7-1 against New Mexico, 1-3-0 in Albuquerque.
POSTSEASON BID UP FOR GRABS
With any combination of a San Jose State win and a UNLV loss in the final three matches of the season, the Spartans will clinch their first invitation to the MPSF Tournament since 2009 and just the second since they won the conference crown in 2003.
SANCHEZ SCORES IN THE SECOND HALF
If you need a goal, especially in the second half of a match, then Steven Sanchez is your man. San Jose State has won three of their last four matches and in each of those wins junior striker Sanchez has gotten the game-winner in the second half.
At Seattle (10/14) his tally at the 89:45 mark was the difference in a 2-1 win. Two days later (10/16) at No. 19 CSU Bakersfield, Sanchez scored in the 47th minute of a 2-1 win and on Sunday (10/23) his goal at the 68:05 mark opened the scoring in a 3-0 win over Denver.
Earlier in the season against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11) and at Loyola-Marymount (9/16) he scored in the 59th and 98th minute, respectively, both San Jose State wins.
LESTER MOVES UP THE SAVES AND SHUTOUT LIST
Over the weekend, senior keeper Jonathan Lester made 16 saves in two matches. He now has 77 saves on the season, 197 for his career and has moved into seventh place on the San Jose State all-time saves list behind Mike Taft (1988-89) with 206 career stops.
With his third clean sheet of the season, a 3-0 result over Denver (10/23), Lester moved into a third place tie with Sean Keohane (1976-77) on the program's career shutouts list with 15.
SANCHEZ TOPS MPSF IN GAME WINNERS
Among all the goal scorers in the MPSF, Steven Sanchez is the man when you need to win a match. He currently leads the conference with four game winning goals among his five tallies.
HEAD COACH GARY ST. CLAIR
With the Spartans 3-0 win over Denver (10/23) head coach Gary St. Clair now has 203 wins in 22 years as the Spartans men's soccer head coach.
He picked up his 200th career win in a 2-1 win over Seattle (10/7) and became the second men's soccer coach in San Jose State history to reach that plateau. Julius Menendez hold the all-time record with 295 wins.
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 (43)...scored his fourth goal against Denver (10/23)...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.
Picked up his third 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).
Leads the MPSF with saves (77), save percentage (.837), third in GGA (1.02), and fourth in shutouts (3)...ranks third on the progam's all-time shutout list with 15...seventh in career saves with 197...third clean sheet of the season came against Denver (10/23)...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.
Tallied his second goal of the year, on a penalty kick, and second assist against Denver (10/23)...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).
Leads the MPSF in game winning goals (4), eighth in shots (33) and goals (5) and tenth in points (13)...College Soccer News' National Team of the Week selection for October 10-16...MPSF Player of the Week for October 10-16...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 15.33 shots per contest, third best in the MPSF...on the opposite end of the field the Spartans goals against averge (1.01) is also the third best in the conference and the keeper's average of 5.40 saves per game is tops among MPSF schools.