Men's Soccer Face Denver In MPSF Tournament

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team, the #5 seed, opens  play in the quarterfinals of the 2012 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament against the #4 seed, Denver Pioneers on Thursday.

#5 SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (8-8-1, 5-4-1 MPSF)
vs. #4 DENVER U (10-5-3, 5-4-1 MPSF)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 7:30 P.M. (MT)
UNM SOCCER COMPLEX, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.


2012 MPSF Tournament
University of New Mexico
UNM Soccer Complex

QUARTERFINALS
Thursday, November 8
#3 Air Force vs. #6 UNLV - 5:00 p.m. (MT)
#4 Denver vs. #5 San Jose State - 7:30 p.m. (MT)

SEMIFINALS
Friday, November 9
#2 CSU Bakersfield vs Highest Remaining Seed - 5:00 p.m. (MT)
#1 New Mexico vs Lowest Remaining Seed - 7:30 p.m. (MT)

CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, November 11
Semifinal Winners - 1:00 p.m. (MT)



LIVE STATS
Fans can view live stats of all San Jose State contests in the 2012 MPSF Tournament by accessing the "Live Stats" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  Click on the link at the top of the home page to follow the action.

VIDEO STREAMING
All matches of the 2012 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament will be streamed live, for a fee,  through the University of New Mexico Athletics web site (www.golobos.com).

There are plans for single game and full tournament packages.  Please check the University of New Mexico Athletics web site ( www.golobos.com) for costs.
 
SOCIAL MEDIA
Keep up with all 16 San Jose State's team through social media sites Twitter and Facebook.  For Twitter go to @sjsuathletics and on Facebook become friends with Sammy Spartan.

MPSF TOURNAMENT TICKETS
General Admission single-day tickets are $10 for the 2012 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.  A college student single-day pass is $5.  There are no passes/ticket packages which cover the entire tournament.

For additional ticket information please contact Lea Cherry at lcherry@unm.edu, (505) 925-LOBO or through www.golobos.com.

SCOUTING DENVER
The Pioneers are 10-5-3 this season, 5-4-1 in MPSF action and the fourth seed in the 2012 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament.  DU beat Air Force last week 3-2 in Denver.

Senior Josh Wren leads the team with seven goals and has assisted on four others.  Zach Bolden, a junior, and Shannon Blake, a senior, have each found the back of the net five times.  Bolden leads his side with nine assists and 19 points. 

Denver has had Oliver Brown, a sophomore, in goal for 1,528 minutes this season.  In 16 matches he has allowed 17 goals (1.00 GAA) and made 40 saves (.702 save percentage).  He has four shutout of his own, has combined on another and has posted a 8-4-3 record. 

Bobby Muss is in his sixth season leading the Pioneers men's soccer program.  He had compiled a 39-39-17 record entering this season and in 2007 and 2008 was the MPSF Co-Coach and Coach of the Year, respectively.

ALL-TIME SERIES
When San Jose State fell to the Pioneers 0-4 in Denver earlier this season, it broke a tie in the overall records between the two schools.  Denver now holds an 11-10-1 advantage.  The last time the two schools met in the postseason, the Spartans came away with a 2-0 decision in the 2001 MPSF Tournament.  Prior to that it was the 1970 NCAA tournament when the sides faced off and Denver won 2-1.

MURPHY NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VII FOR THE THIRD TIME
Senior defender Nick Murphy has earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District VIII honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) membership.  For Murphy, this is the third year he has been eligible for the distinction and the third time he has been so honored.

A native of San Francisco, Calif., the four-year starter from Lowell High has a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average while 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 2012 Academic All-America honors in men's soccer.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be enrolled at his/her current institution for at least one year, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale, be a starter or key reserve, and have a minimum of sophomore athletics standing at his/her institution.

District VIII covers schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, British Columbia and the Yukon.

SPARTANS RETURN TO MPSF TOURNAMENT FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
The San Jose State Spartans return to the MPSF Tournament for the second year in a row after qualifing just once, in 2009, between 2004 and 2010.

The Spartans entered the MPSF with a bang in 2000, winning the league after posting a 20-1-1 overall record and an 8-0-0 mark in conference.  They returned to the tournament in 2001 and 2002 and won the championship again in 2003, which happens to be the last time the side qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

Last year the Spartans defeated Sacramento State 4-2 in the opening round before being defeated by then No. 1 New Mexico 3-0 in the semifinals.

LAST TIME OUT
With a 3-0 win over Seattle University on Saturday (11/3), San Jose State secured the #5 seed in the 2012 MPSF Tournament.  It is the second year in a row the Spartans have made the Tournament and the first time since 2002 and 2003 that they have made it in consecutive years.

Enrique Montano , netted his first goal of the year at the 28:38 mark.  Diego Ochoa bent a corner kick into the box where Montano soared above the defense and headed it to the far post.  It was his first goal of the season, Ochoa's second assist and it gave San Jose State a 1-0 lead.

The Spartans, looking for an insurance goal, got it on their first shot of the second half.  Frankie Beauchamp hit a long throughball from the left side of the field to a streaking Jonathan Salceda down the right sideline.  He turned the corner and from close on the right wing hammered the ball to the far post, at the 52:32 mark.  It was his sixth goal of the year.

Just over two minutes later Dylan Murphy, in his last game in Spartan Stadium, put San Jose State up 3-0.  Salceda, with the ball in the right corner, passed it into Murphy who was eight yards off the goal line.  He shot the ball right at the Seattle keeper who deflected it onto the near post.  It then trickled over the goal line.

SPARTAN SNAPSHOTS

KEEPERS

Michael Schwinn
(Fr., GK, Mechernich, Germany) has started and played every minute of the 13 matches in which he has appeared (1.97 GAA, .690 save %, 5-7-1 record)...his 4.46 saves per game rank 57th in the nation...has recorded two clean sheets both against Seattle U...made his major college debut in a start against USF (8/24).

Emmanuel Espinosa (So., GK, San Jose, Calif.) earned starts at UNLV (10/7), against CSU Bakersfield (10/12), UNLV (10/14), and Houston Baptist (10/28)...won his first two matches and picked up his first shutout, 1-0, against No. 9 regionally-ranked CSUB and his second against Houston Baptist...his college debut came in the start at UNLV...he has faced 75 shots, 26 of which were on frame and 22 that have been turned away (.846 save % and 1.00 GAA) while posting a 3-1-0 record...ranks fifth in shutouts in the MPSF (2).

STRIKERS

Steven Sanchez
(Sr., F, San Jose, Calif.) one of three players to have started all 17 matches this year...leads the team with 50 shots, 20 on frame, nine goals and three game-winners...also has two assists for a team leading 20 points...ranks in the top-100 nationally in goals (44th), goals per game (51st), total points (68th) and points per game (70th)...in the MPSF is tied for second in game winning goals (3), is third in total goals (9) and points (20) and fourth in shots (50)...got the game-winners at Santa Clara (9/9), at Sacramento State (9/16) and to clinch an MPSF tournament bid against Houston Baptist (10/28)...had the first multi-goal game of his careeer when he found the back of the net twice against Bradley (9/21)...scored the team's lone goal in a 1-2 overtime decision at Stanford (9/12)...has 10 GWGs in 17 career tallies...a 2012 team captain.

Jonathan Salceda
(Jr., F, San Jose, Calif.) has made 13 starts and appeared in all 17 matches...ranks in the top-100 nationally in assists (56th), assists per game (78th), points per game (91st) and total points (92nd)... picked up his sixth assist and sixth goal in the Seattle win (11/3)...fifth goal was the insurance goal in the Houston Baptist win (10/28)...got the second goal, his fourth overall, against UNLV (10/14)...scored two goals and assisted on two more in the Santa Clara (9/9) win and earned MPSF Player of the Week for the effort...opened the scoring in a 2-1 win at CSU Bakersfield (10/5)...picked up an assist on the Sacramento State (9/16) game-winner as well as the Bradley game-winner...leads the team in assists 6) and among the top-3 in four other offensive categories.

Thomas Barnes (Fr., F, Kings Lynn, England) has appeared in all 17 matches this year, earning 13 starts...scored his first goal, the game winner, against Bradley (9/21)...has taken 17 shots, seven on frame...first collegiate point, an assist, came at Stanford (9/12) also assisted on goals against NJIT (9/23), at UNLV (10/7) against Houston Baptist (10/28)...his major college debut came against USF (8/24).

Garret Foster (RFr., F, Livermore, Calif.) made appearances in 15 matches this season and earned a start against UNLV (10/14)...named the MPSF and collegesportsmadness.com MPSF Player of the Week for October 1-7...also named to the Soccer America Men's National Team of the Week...had the game winners at CSU Bakersfield (10/5) and UNLV (10/7) among his three goals...has taken 12 shots putting six on frame...scored his first collegiate goal against NJIT (9/23).

Jasper Pipe (Fr., F, Sydney, Australia) has made two starts, against USF (8/24) and Cal Poly (9/2), and appeared in 13 matches...has attempted two shots putting both on goal...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Eric Mendez (Fr., F, Santa Cruz, Calif.) has appeared in five matches this year, garnering three starts...rewarded the first , at Santa Clara (9/9), with his first collegiate goal...has taken four shots, all on goal...his major college debut came against USF (8/24).

MIDFIELDERS

Mauricio Murillo
(Jr., MF, Santa Clara, Calif.) has started all 16 matches in which he has appeared...has attempted four shots.

Enrique Montano (So., MF, Salinas, Calif.) one of three players  and the only frehsman to have started all 17 matches this year...picked up his first Spartan goal, the game winner, against Seattle U (11/3)...has taken 17 shots, putting eight on frame...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Frankie Beauchamp (So., MF, San Francisco, Calif.) has started in 13 of the 14 matches in which he has appeared...has totaled four assists...got his first assist in the Bradley (9/21) win, his second came at CSU Bakersfield (10/5), third at Air Force (10/21) and fourth against Seattle U (11/3)...has attempted five shots...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Diego Ochoa (Sr., MF, San Jose, Calif.) has made 14 appearances and earned 11 starts...scored his first goal of the season in the 90th minute against CSU Bakersfield (10/12)...picked up an assist against Bradley (9/21) and assisted on the game winner against Seattle (11/3)...has attempted 20 shots, eight on goal.

Dylan Murphy (Sr., MF, San Francisco, Calif.) has appeared in all 17 matches this year, earning eight starts...has taken 15 shots, put eight on frame and scored four goals; against Cal Poly (9/2), at Santa Clara (9/9), at Sacramento State (9/16) and against Seattle (11/3)...has two assists, both against Bradley (9/21).

Israel Ayala (Fr., MF, Richmond, Calif.) has made four starts in 12 appearances...has taken three shots...his major college debut came in the start against USF.

Jamison Loveless (So., MF, Boise, Idaho) has appeared in seven matches this year...taken one shot.

AJ Rana (Jr., MF, Alameda, Calif.) has appeared four times and taken two shots...Spartan debut came at Denver (10/19).

DEFENDERS 

Nick Murphy
(Sr., D, San Francisco, Calif.) one of three players to have started all 17 matches this year...his lone shot came at CSU Bakersfield (10/5)...a 2012 team captain...named a Capital One Academic All-District VII first-team performer.

Christian Romero (Sr., D, Sacramento, Calif.) earned starts in 12 of the 13 matches in which he has appeared this season and has taken two shots...picked up his first point of the year, an assist, in the NJIT (9/23) match...a 2012 team captain.

Ryan Thomas (Jr., D, Livermore, Calif.) made his first of 13 appearances against Cal Poly (9/2) and has earned 10 starts...has attempted one shot, on frame.

Edwin Velazquez (Sr., D, Antioch, Calif.) made his first of 12 appearances against Cal Poly (9/2) and has earned nine starts...has attempted two shots which was on goal.

Kyler McLaughlin (Fr., D, San Diego, Calif.) has started four matches in 11 appearances...scored his first collegiate goal at Air Force (10/21)...first point, an assist, came against Cal Poly (9/2)...has taken two shots...his major college debut came in the start against USF (8/24).

Ricky Martin (Jr., D, Rodeo, Calif.) made his season debut at Denver (11/19)...appeared against Seattle (11/3) as a reserve.