Men's Soccer looks to remain undefeated in the MPSF against San Diego State

SJSU at San Diego State–Friday, Oct. 25, 3:00 p.m. in San Diego, Calif..

SJSU vs. UNLV–Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium
SJSU vs. New Mexico—Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium

The Spartans (8-7-0, 2-0-0 MPSF) won their last four games including both Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches played last week. San Jose State looks to remain undefeated in the conference when they face the San Diego State Aztecs on the road in this week’s lone game. The Spartans topped Denver in the MPSF opener last Friday, 1-0, in overtime. The team then traveled to Air Force taking the Falcons, 4-2, to take the conference lead. San Jose State has outscored the opposition, 8-3, in the last four games.

The Aztecs (4-9-1, 0-2-0 MPSF) are looking for their first conference win this season. San Diego State opened conference play with a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss against UNLV last Friday. Two days later, the team lost, 2-1, to defending MPSF champion New Mexico. The Aztecs have struggles offensively, being outscored 34-18 by the opposition and have surrendered 23 second-half goals. Paul Szefler leads the team with six goals and three assists. Eric Wohl, Matt Couch and Tyler Tinling each have three goals apiece. Brian Barnes has logged the majority of time in net for the Aztecs recording a 2.42 goals against average in just over 1,227 minutes between the pipes.

San Jose State and San Diego State are ties, 5-5-1, in the all-time series between the teams dating back to 1971. Last season the game ended in a 1-1 draw after the game was suspended before regulation time expired. The Spartans had won the previous three matches including a 2-0 win the last time they met in 1998.

San Jose State senior defender Frank Sanfilippo (San Diego, CA; University HS) was named MPSF Brine Player of the Week after leading the Spartans to a 3-0 record last week while orchestrating a Spartan defense that allowed only two goals. San Jose State has won its last four contests and currently leads the conference with a 2-0 record. Also nominated: Ben Ashwill, UNM, David Fraser, SAC, Eric Wohl, SDSU, Kelly Frederick, UNLV.

Eleven different players have a goal this season, and six have had multiple- goal season. Scoring leader Randy Poggio snapped a ten-game scoreless streak with two goals in the win over Air Force. Tony Change netted his second of the year to secure the win over Denver. Johnny Gonzalez and Tomislav Jozinovich both recorded their second goal of the season at Air Force on Sunday.

Former Spartan Isaias Bardales and current member of the MLS Champion Los Angeles Galaxy celebrated the team’s first championship with a 1-0 overtime win against the New England Revolution this past Sunday. Bardales played for the Spartans in the 1999 and 2000 seasons before joining the Dallas Burn. He signed in the off season with Los Angeles.

Freshman Randy Poggio broke a 10-game scoreless streak with two goals to help the San Jose State University men1s soccer team beat Air Force, 4-2, on Sunday. Sophomore Marcus Sagastume scored the opening goal for Air Force in the second minute, with an assist from sophomore Tino Diaz. The Spartans answered at the 17-minute mark with a header from Poggio to tie the game halfway through the first period. Freshman Colin Eames put the Falcons up again when he scored a goal in the 28th minute, with an assist from senior Daniel Wassson. San Jose shut out Air Force in the second half. The Spartans scored 25 seconds into the second half for the tie when freshman Johnny Gonzalez netted a blocked corner kick. Junior Tomislav Jozinovic scored another goal for San Jose State in the 70th minute to put the Spartans up before Poggio's second goal. San Jose State had 13 shots with five of them goal, while Air Force had 12 shots with eight of them on goal.

Senior Tony Chang scored his second goal of the season in overtime to beat the visiting University of Denver, 1-0, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener Friday night at Spartan Stadium. The win brings the San Jose State University men’s soccer team to an even .500 record on the season. Chang was able to take a centering pass from Francisco Martinez and beat the Pioneer goalkeeper in the 97th minute to even the Spartans’ overall season record. It was Martinez’ second consecutive game with an assist on the game-winning goal. Both teams played remarkably with San Jose State barely leading in the shots category 18-15. The Spartans were unable to capitalize on earlier scoring situations with 10 shots on goal in the match. Solid defense and goaltending kept the game close.

The 2002 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship will be hosted by New Mexico from Nov. 14-17. The champion will be determined by a six-team postseason tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. The tournament field will be seeded off the MPSF conference finish after single round-robin play.

Gary St. Clair is in his 13th season at the helm of the Spartan men’s soccer team. St. Clair has revitalized a Spartan program that stagnated in the late 80s. As one of the only two coaches to reach the 100-win plateau in the 75 year history of the program, St. Clair entered the 2002 season with a 114-104-18 coaching record a the major college level. Six of his teams have posted a winning record, including a 20-1-1 record in 2000. His first winning record was in 1993 when the Spartans posted a 9-7-2 record. It was the first time in 10 years the program posted a winning record. The 1976 graduate of San Jose State was a goaltender for the 170 through 1973 teams. He is currently tied for the school’s career record with 18 shutouts.

The 2002 season marks the 75th anniversary of men’s soccer at San Jose State University. The school first fielded a squad in 1927 and has been going strong since then. Over the years the Spartans have enjoyed success in many areas. The school has produced 24 All-Americans, a Hermann Award winner (Mani Hernandez, 1968), 35 winning seasons, a 20-win season in 2000, 13 NCAA tournament appearances including seven consecutive from 1966-71 and many other incredible memories. The 2002 Spartans will look to add another winning season, the fifth in a row, as the team hopes to challenge for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and another appearance in the NCAA tournament.