Men's Soccer Preview:
The Spartans will host back-to-back MPSF opponents for the first time this season. San Jose State (7-7-2, 1-4-2 MPSF) returns home to Spartan Stadium to host UNLV (5-9-1, 2-4-1 MPSF) on Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. and New Mexico (7-4-3, 4-2-1, MPSF) on Sunday, October 31 at 12:00 p.m. Every match for the Spartans is a must-win, with three games remaining in regular-season the Spartans are two points away from clinching an MPSF Tournament spot.
Doubleheader This Weekend:
San Jose State men's and women's soccer will be part of a doubleheader this weekend. On Sunday, October 31, the men will face New Mexico at 12:00 p.m. following the women's match with Boise State at 2:30 p.m. Tickets to watch both matches are $5 for adults, $3 for youth (12 & under) and $1 for youth in jersey. SJSU students get in for free with student ID.
Fans can follow both matches via Live Stats at SJSUSpartans.com. Links can be found under the Live Stats button on the front page.
Scouting The Rebels:
Under the direction of first-year head coach Rich Ryerson, the Rebels return 12 players from a year ago, including sophomore Nick Marshall, who led the team in scoring with 19 points while becoming the first Rebel to earn all-region honors as a freshman. The Rebels dropped a pair of home games this past week losing 2-1 to Pacific-leading CS Bakersfield on Friday, October 22 and 2-0 to Seattle University on Sunday, October 24. Senior midfielder Stephen Sifuentes leads the team in points (11) with four goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Simon Cook holds a 1.29 goals-against average with a .714 save percentage.
The Series With UNLV:
The Rebels lead the all-time series 19-12-3 over the Spartans. In recent memory, San Jose State dropped a 4-2 decision to UNLV in the opening game of the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at University of Denver Soccer Stadium. The last time San Jose State defeated UNLV was November 7, 2008 at Spartan Stadium in a 2-1 overtime decision.
Scouting The Lobos:
Coming off a 12-7-1 season that earned them their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, UNM finished second last year in the regular season race and in the tournament championship game. UNM returns four all-conference players including junior Lance Roseboom, who shares the lead in total points (7) with sophomore Josh Caffey. The Lobos are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend in which they recorded their fourth straight shutout by defeating Seattle University 2-0 on Friday, October 22, and tying with California State University Bakersfield 0-0 in double overtime on Sunday, October 24. Goalkeeper Justin Holmes holds a 0.86 goals-against average for a .778 save percentage.
The Series With New Mexico:
In the 17-year series, New Mexico leads the all-time series 14-7. Last year the Lobos defeated the Spartans 1-0 in overtime at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans last win against the Lobos came on November 9, 2008 at home, 1-0.
Last Week's Results:
San Jose State dropped both of its weekend games on the road, 2-0 at Air Force and 3-1 at Denver. Josh Boemecke was assisted by Nick Cukar against the Pioneers in the team's lone weekend goal.
Individual MPSF Statistics:
Senior Josh Boemecke leads the conference in goals (8) and goals per game (0.50). Boemecke has taken 47 shots, scoring 16 points and averaging one point a game this season, good for second in MPSF shots, points and points per game.
Words From Head Coach:
"We are really happy to be home and finish the final three conference matches where we are most comfortable," noted head coach Gary St. Clair. "Our current standing in the conference has prepared us for this weekend. We have worked extremely hard this season and I hope to see results that their (Players) hard work deserves."
Home Sweet Home:
The Spartans own a 5-2 record at home in Spartan Stadium this year. Scoring 13 goals at home, more than twice the goals scored on the road, the Spartans will conclude the season hosting three crucial conference matches.
The 2010 MPSF Men's Soccer Championship Tournament is a six-team tournament on November 11-14 in Sacramento. The winners of each division and runners-up of both divisions and the next two-highest finishing teams based on conference points, will go on to the post-season tournament. San Jose State is currently fourth in the Pacific Division with five points. Sacramento State and Seattle University are within striking distance in the division, each with seven points. CS Bakersfield stands alone in first with 15 points and has clinched an appearance in the tournament.
Next On Deck:
After this weekend the Spartans have only one regular season game remaining before the conference tournament. San Jose State will host Sacramento State on Saturday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's match is "Senior Day" and the Spartans will hold a short pregame ceremony to honor their senior players and their accomplishments.