The San Jose State men’s soccer team returns to San Jose for its final homestand of the season this weekend. The Spartans will host the Falcons of Air Force on Friday, November 2 and the Pioneers of Denver on Sunday, November 4. San Jose State will honor its four seniors, Ismael Ibarra, Julio Gonzalez, Jacob Morrison and Savio Carrijo, on Sunday afternoon with a pre-game ceremony.
Both games on the weekend are Spartan Soccer doubleheaders with the San Jose State women’s soccer team. The men will play on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
SAN JOSE STATE (8-6-0, 3-2-0 MPSF)
The Spartans are currently 8-6-0 on the season with a 3-2-0 conference mark.
San Jose State is coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Pioneers of Denver in overtime early this week. The make-up game came down to a header on a corner kick, giving the Pioneers their second MPSF victory of the season.
The Spartans are led on offense by Ismael Ibarra. The senior has tallied six goals this season and dished out three helpers for 15 points. He is closely followed in the standing by senior Julio Gonzalez. Gonzalez has notched six goals for 12 points.
Junior midfielder Hirokia Akiyama has had an exciting few weeks. Akiyama notched his first goal of his career against Air Force and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Selection.
AIR FORCE (3-9-1, 1-4-0 MPSF)
The Air Force Falcons lost a pair of MPSF home games two weeks ago. San Jose State defeated the Falcons, 3-1, on Friday, Oct. 19, then Sacramento State downed Air Force, 2-1, on Sunday, Oct. 21. Sophomore Kevin Rosser scored the team’s only goal against SJSU, while senior Andy Nigro put away a PK against the Hornets. The game against Sacramento State was moved to Colorado College because of a snowstorm that hit the Academy early that morning.
The Falcons are 3-9-1 on the season and 1-4-0 in conference play. Goals scored by junior Hiroki Akiyama and senior Ismael Ibarra in the final nine minutes of play gave San Jose State University men’s soccer a 3-1 victory over Air Force last week.
Doug Hill is the Falcons’ head coach. Hill is in his first season with the program.
DENVER (6-4-3, 2-1-2 MPSF)
The Pioneers are 6-4-3 overall and 2-1-2 in the MPSF. Denver is coming into this weekend on a three-game streak without a loss. The Pioneers tied Sacramento State and Loyola before defeating the Spartans in a rescheduled game earler this week.
Ryan Aweida scored the Pioneers’ two goals against San Jose State and is the reigning Player of the Week. The goals were the first of his career.
Leading the Pioneers in goals are the brother duo of Kellan and Kyle Christensen. Kellan is the team leader with six goals and two assists on the year for a total of 14 points. Kyle has notched five goals this season for 10 points this season.
The Pioneers are lead by Bob Muuss. Coach Muuss is in his first season at the helm of the program.