THIS WEEKEND - SPARTANS ROUND OUT HOME PORTION OF SCHEDULE
The first-place San Jose State University men's soccer team takes a seven-match winning and eight-match unbeaten streak into two more crucial Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contests this weekend, rounding out the home portion of the 2009 schedule. San Jose State faces UNLV (6-5-3, 0-3-1 MPSF) as the second half of a doubleheader on Friday, October 30, following the women's game which begins at 5:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans, now at 9-6-1 overall and a still-perfect 4-0 in the MPSF, then host perennial power New Mexico (9-5, 3-1 MPSF) on Senior Day on Sunday, November 1. Kick-off for that one is slated for approximately 1:00 p.m., after a special ceremony honoring four SJSU seniors. The Lobos, MPSF champs in four out of the last five years, are lurking in third-place in the standings, behind San Jose State and Sacramento State (8-5-1, 4-0 MPSF). The Spartans remain undefeated at home this year, at 5-0-1. They have not dropped a game in San Jose in over a year, going 9-0-1.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (9-6-1, 4-0 MPSF)
vs. UNLV (6-5-3, 0-3-1 MPSF)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7:00 P.M. (APPROX.)
GAME #18 - SENIOR DAY
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (9-6-1, 4-0 MPSF)
vs. UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO (9-5, 3-1 MPSF)
SPARTAN STADIUM, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1:00 P.M.
Live stats for all San Jose State home soccer matches are available courtesy of JumpTV and NeuLion at SJSUSpartans.com. Live stats are available for a majority of the team's road contests as well. Just click on Live Stats under Live from the top menu bar on the front page, or on Schedule/Results from the men's soccer home page, and access the live stats from there.
SJSUSpartans.com is providing free on-line audio coverage, live from Spartan Stadium, for seven matches in 2009. The men's draw with Santa Clara on Sunday, September 27, marked the premiere. An on-line audio broadcast will be available for the key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match with the rival Lobos of New Mexico on Senior Day this Sunday, November 1. Former KSJS (90.5 FM) sports director and current Spartan Athletics sports information assistant Shawn Murphy calls the play-by-play. Air time is slated for 12:45 p.m. against New Mexico. Please click here to access the broadcast. There is no audio or video coverage of Friday's meeting with UNLV, or any video for Sunday's action.
SAN JOSE STATE (9-6-1, 4-0 MPSF) vs. UNLV (6-5-3, 0-3-1 MPSF)
UNLV enters the weekend still searching for its first league victory of the 2009 season. The Rebels dropped back-to-back contests at home against first-year MPSF members to start out, 3-1 to Cal State Bakersfield and 2-1 to Seattle, prior to playing to a 2-2 draw at defending champion Denver last Friday, October 23. UNLV was actually ahead in that match, 2-0. In their last time out, the Rebels fell 2-1 at Air Force on Sunday, October 25. UNLV is 3-2-2 outside of Las Vegas this season.
The Rebels are led by freshman forward Nick Marshall with 17 points from seven goals and three assists. Fortunately for San Jose State, however, Marshall will be unavailable for Friday night's match in San Jose, serving a one-game suspension for a red card he received at Air Force last Sunday. Junior forward partner Stephen Sifuentes has 16 points from seven goals and two assists. Freshman Zach Kupfer has contributed 12 points from five goals and a pair of assists. Junior Roland Swanson has played every minute of every game in goal for the Rebels, with a 1.48 goals-against-average, 27 saves and four shutouts.
Mario Sanchez is in his fourth year as the head coach at UNLV.
SAN JOSE STATE (9-6-1, 4-0 MPSF) vs. NEW MEXICO (9-5, 3-1 MPSF)
New Mexico has won four out of the last five MPSF titles, and six of eight. The Lobos' streak of four in a row was officially over following San Jose State's 1-0 victory against them inside Spartan Stadium last November 9, with Denver thus clinching its first-ever MPSF crown. UNM suffered its first league loss of 2009 at Air Force last Friday, October 23, by the final score of 1-0, allowing the decider at 85:18. The Lobos bounced back for a 2-1 triumph at Denver on Sunday, October 25. UNM will first play at MPSF co-leader Sacramento State on Friday afternoon, October 30, before paying Spartan Stadium another visit.
The Lobos are currently led by senior forward Justin Davis with 15 points from five goals and five assists. Sophomore Michael Green has nine points from three goals and three assists, while Stephen Brown and standout senior defender Simon Ejdemyr also have contributed three goals apiece. Junior Justin Fite (1.06 GAA, 42 saves, three shutouts) has played most of the minutes in net for New Mexico.
Jeremy Fishbein is in his eighth season in charge of the Lobos.
SPARTANS GO TWO-FOR-TWO ON TOUGH ROAD TRIP
San Jose State won both its matches last weekend, passing a couple of tough road tests in conference play. The Spartans first overturned a 1-0 deficit after a penalty-kick goal just 81 seconds into the game, to trot out to a 3-1 halftime advantage and eventually knock off Cal State Bakersfield, 4-2, on Friday night, October 23. Josh Boemecke notched both the game-tying and game-winning scores for his first collegiate two-goal performance. The other goals came from Justin Castro and Nick Cukar. Oscar Yniguez then provided a game-decider at 83:25, with Colby Moore assisting, to give the Spartans a 1-0 triumph at Seattle on Sunday afternoon, October 25. Jonathan Lester made seven saves in 180 minutes of action over the weekend, posting his seventh individual clean sheet against the Redhawks.
Just prior to the scheduled 1:00 p.m. kick-off against New Mexico on Sunday, November 1, four San Jose State seniors who will be appearing in their final match inside Spartan Stadium, will be recognized. The veteran quartet, made up of Nick Cukar, Brian McGuire, Oscar Monjaras and Colby Moore, has led the San Jose State to the brink of a third straight winning campaign, and combined for 244 matches played, 188 of them starts.
San Jose State has a season-long and current league-best seven-match win streak heading into this weekend's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home dates. The Spartans are unbeaten over their last eight in all, going 7-0-1 during this stretch, with six of the eight results coming in shutout fashion. San Jose State has out-scored its opponents, 12-3, over the last eight games, for a 0.36 goals-against-average. The Spartans ended the 2008 season on a six-game unbeaten run, with five victories and a road draw. The current seven-match win streak is the program's longest since a 13-game run in the 2000 season. The eight-game unbeaten stretch is the Spartans' longest since a 21-gamer, also from that banner 2000 campaign.
The Spartans also still maintain a 10-match home unbeaten streak since late in the 2008 season, going 9-0-1 and out-scoring opponents, 21-4, during that stretch. They are 5-0-1 at Spartan Stadium in 2009, after concluding the 2008 campaign with home wins over MPSF foes Air Force, UNLV, New Mexico and Sacramento State. The Spartans, who finished an impressive 7-1-2 in San Jose in 2008, picked up right where they left off in 2009, with a 4-1 home triumph over then-No. 24 UC Davis on Opening Night on September 1. A 5-0 demolition of Notre Dame de Namur (9/16), a scoreless draw with Santa Clara (9/27), a 2-1 win over Sacramento State (10/8), and back-to-back 1-0 defeats of Denver (10/16) and Air Force (10/18) have since followed. San Jose State has gone over a full calender year since its last home loss, a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker against eventual league champion Denver on October 17, 2008.
4-0 CONFERENCE START
San Jose State is 4-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for the first time since the 2003 season. The Spartans are joint leaders atop the league standings with Sacramento State, each with 12 points from perfect 4-0 starts to the conference slate. The Spartans defeated the Hornets, 2-1, in a non-conference tilt in San Jose on October 8. Their conference meeting will conclude the regular season, at Hornet Soccer Field in Sacramento, Calif., on November 7.
San Jose State now has seven shutouts as a team in 2009, the program's most since posting seven in 2001. Before that, the Spartans had 14 shutouts during its remarkable 2000 campaign. The Spartans have eclipsed their total of six clean sheets from 2008. Sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Lester has the most single-season individual shutouts, seven, since Chris Humphreys produced 12 during his All-American year in 2000.
SPARTAN SOCCER SUCCESS!
The San Jose State men's and women's soccer programs have been on a great run of success in recent weeks, combining on 21 games and 87 days of unbeaten activity through Thursday, October 29. Together, the teams are 12-0-3 in the month of October, with the men at a perfect 7-0, and the women at 5-0-3. The women are unbeaten at 10-0-3 since September 6, with the men 7-0-1 since a September 25 loss.
STACKING WINNING SEASONS
At 9-6-1 overall, San Jose State has matched its win total from a year ago, when the Spartans finished 9-5-4. The Spartans are now one victory away from clinching their third winning season in a row. They went 10-9 in 2007. The Spartans have not been to the NCAA Championship since 2003.
SNEAKING INTO REGIONAL POLL
As of the latest installment from Tuesday, October 27, San Jose State is listed among teams also receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Far West regional poll.