Men's Soccer Preview:
San Jose State (7-8-3, 1-5-3 MPSF) has its biggest match of the season this week, as the Spartans battle rival Sacramento State (6-4-7, 1-5-3 MPSF) on Saturday, November 6 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans will recognize four standout, veteran members this Saturday on Senior Night. Spartan seniors Josh Boemecke, Stephen Cordova, Nick Cukar and Ricky Dorrego will step out onto Spartan Field one final time as seniors, inside Spartan Stadium prior to the 7:00 p.m. kick-off.
Fans can follow the match via Live Stats at SJSUSpartans.com. The link can be found under the Live Stats button on the front page.
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. With one MPSF Tournament spot at-large, Sacramento State, Seattle University and San Jose State all remain in the hunt. The Spartans need a win at home over Sacramento State Saturday (November 6) and a Seattle tie or loss at CS Bakersfield Sunday (November 7) to reach the MPSF Tournament.
Scouting The Hornets:
Sacramento State (6-4-7, 1-2-6 MPSF) is coming off a record-breaking 2009 season in which the team went undefeated in conference play, won both the MPSF regular season and tournament championships, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Sacramento State played to its fifth and sixth MPSF draws of the year, 0-0 with New Mexico on Friday, October 29 and 1-1 with UNLV on Sunday, October 31. Holding the upper hand for the sixth and final spot to the MPSF Tournament, A win or tie at San Jose State on Saturday allow the Hornets to punch their ticket.
San Jose State owns a 17-6-3 advantage in the overall series. The two battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw at Sacramento State on Sunday, October 3, 2010. In 2009 the Spartans split the series, winning the first game 2-1 at home, and then falling 4-3 in the last regular-season match at Sacramento State.
Words From Head Coach:
"Saturday determines the season," added head coach Gary St. Clair. "Our guys have played so well and been consistent all season long. We have not been able to get results they deserve from their performance. That can all change in one game. They get the results, and they go through to the conference tournament. Our players deserve it and have played just as hard as anyone in the conference. I cannot complain about their performance."
Last Week's Results:
San Jose State lost to UNLV in overtime last Friday, October 29, but managed a 0-0 draw
with New Mexico at home Sunday, October 31. A goal in extra time ended the Spartans' dominance, in a 2-1 loss against the UNLV Rebels. San Jose State outshot UNLV 20-14 in a match controlled by Spartan possession. Goalkeeper Jonathan Lester tallied 12 saves in the full 110 minutes in the 0-0 draw against New Mexico.
Nick Murphy Named Academic All-District VIII:
San Jose State University sophomore Nick Murphy was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District VIII men's soccer University Division first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) membership. A native of San Francisco, Calif., the two-year starter from Lowell High has a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average and is majoring in physics. As one of 11 Academic All-District VIII award winners, Murphy advances to a national ballot as one of 88 candidates eligible for 2010 Academic All-America honors in men's soccer.
Individual MPSF Statistics:
Senior Josh Boemecke leads the conference in goals (9) and shots (55). Boemecke tallied 18 points this season, averaging 0.50 goals a game, good for second in MPSF points and goals per game. Goalkeeper Jonathan Lester has an MPSF second-best 66 saves for the season and senior Nick Cukar racked in three assists to round out the top three in overall assists.