San Jose, Calif. - A bid to the MPSF Tournament in Denver, Colo., secured, the San Jose State men's soccer team faces the Sacramento State Hornets on Saturday afternoon in an important match with tournament seedings on the line.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (8-6-3, 5-4-0 MPSF)
at SACRAMENTO STATE (8-7-2, 4-4-1 MPSF)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2:00 P.M.
HORNET FIELD, SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
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SPARTANS AGAINST THE HORNETS
Since the 2005-06 season the Spartans and Hornets have met 13 times with San Jose State holding a 7-5-1 advantage. In Sacramento, the Spartans hold a 3-2-0 advantage with the teams playing to a 0-0 draw last season at Hornet Field.
On October 2, Sacramento State defeated the Spartans 1-0 on a goal by Chris Bettencourt in the 96th minute. The game was played in Spartan Stadium and was the MPSF opener for each side.
POSTSEASON BID WRAPPED UP
With their win at UNLV over the weekend, the Spartans punched their ticket to the 2011 MPSF Championship Tournament. It is the first time in since 2009 that San Jose State will compete in the tournament which they won in 2000 and 2003.
MPSF SEEDING SCENARIOS BOGGLE THE MIND
With the six teams that will compete in the MPSF Tournament identified, the seeding scenarios now take center stage for the majority of the teams.
This much we know...New Mexico is the No. 1 seed and has a bye into the semifinals on Friday, November 11. The rest of the seeds will be decided based on this weeks results.
With a San Jose State win at Sacramento State on Saturday, the Spartans can assure themselves of no worse than a No. 3 seed. And, depending on the outcome of the CSU Bakersfield vs. Seattle match, they could move up to the No. 2 seed and win the Pacific Divison with a Seattle win.
A Spartans loss on Saturday could drop them to the fifth seed if Denver defeats Air Force on Friday night.
TOURNAMENT TICKETS AVAILABLE
Tickets for the 2011 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament are on sale through the Denver University ticket office.
Single day, all-session and group tickets are all available through the web site www.denverpioneers.com, by emailing Darren Duplechin (email@example.com) or calling (303) 871-3573.
Group tickets can be secured through Adam Sizemore at (303) 871-2389 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Single day seats are $10 and $12. All-session passes are $25. Students can attend single games for $5 and groups can get seats for as low as $6 per game.
SANCHEZ DOES IT AGAIN
The Spartans second half, game-winning goal scoring wiz, Steven Sanchez, did it again at UNLV on Friday night. San Jose State has won four of their last six matches, and in each of those wins junior striker Sanchez has gotten the game-winner in the second half. Sanchez has found the back of the net a team-leading six times this year with five being game-winners.
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 CONTINUES UP THE SAVES LIST(S)
Over the weekend, senior keeper Jonathan Lester made 12 saves in two matches. He now has 89 saves on the season, 209 for his career and has moved into sixth place on the San Jose State all-time saves list behind Ryan Moore (1979-82) who had 212 career stops.
Lester's 89 saves this season ties him with Moore (1982) for 10th place on the Spartans single-season saves list. Next up is Lester's goalkeeping coach Dan Benton who in 2004 stopped 91 shots.
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.
CASTENEDA SPARTANS ASSIST LEADER
With his assist on Sanchez's game winner against UNLV (10/28), center mid Roberto Casteneda broke a three-way tie and is now the team leader with four assists on the season.
FEAST OR FAMINE
When it comes to winning games for San Jose State this season, it is either a goal-scoring feats or famine. When the Spartans score in a match in 2011, their record is 8-0-2. However, they have been shutout in each of their six losses and one of their three ties.
HEAD COACH GARY ST. CLAIR
With the Spartans 2-1 win over UNLV (10/28) head coach Gary St. Clair now has 204 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 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 (49) and shots per game (2.88), is 10th in the conference with five goals...fifth goal came against UNLV (10/28)...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.
Ninth in the MPSF in assists(4)...Picked up his team-leading fourth assist on the game-winner against UNLV (10/28)...third assist came 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.
Second assist came against UNLV (10/28)..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 (89), save percentage (.840), third in GGA (1.02), and fourth in shutouts (3)...ranks third on the progam's all-time shutout list with 15...sixth in career saves with 209...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 (5), tenth in shots (37), sixth in goals (6) and eighth in points (15)...College Soccer News' National Team of the Week selection for October 10-16...MPSF Player of the Week for October 10-16...got his fifth game-winner and sixth total goal at UNLV (10/28)...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 14.47 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 5.53 saves per game is tops among MPSF schools.