The San Jose State University men's soccer team travels to Fullerton, Calif. this week for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference playoffs. The playoffs are scheduled for Friday and Sunday at Titan Stadium on the Cal State Fullerton campus.
The Spartans are the top seed from the Mountain Division and will play UC Irvine, the second place team from the Pacific Division, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. CS Fullerton, the Pacific Division winner, meets Denver, the second place team from the Mountain Division, at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
The winners of the Friday games will meet Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the championship game. The winner of Sunday's game receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
San Jose State is 18-0-1 overall. The Spartans won the Mountain Division of the MPSF with an 8-0-0 mark.
About UC Irvine
The Anteaters finished second in the MPSF Pacific Division with a 4-2-1 record, and are 12-7-1 overall. UC Irvine is coached by George Kuntz, in his sixth season, who has a 44-62-13 record at UCI.
About CS Fullerton
The Titans won the MPSF Pacific Division with a 6-0-1 record, and are 14-4-1 overall. CS Fullerton is ranked 17th in this week's NSCAA poll, the College Soccer News media poll and the Soccer Times top 25, is 12th in the Soccer America poll and is 22nd in the Mad Dog Soccer top 30 ranking. The Titans are coached by Al Mistri, who has a 228-148-31 record in 21 seasons.
The Pioneers finished second in the MPSF Mountain Division with a 5-2-1 record, 9-5-2 overall. Head coach Chad Ashton is in his third season and has a record of 21-26-5 at Denver.
Spartans vs. this week's opponents
San Jose State and UC Irvine has split their 16 meetings. The last game was in 1996, a 3-1 win for UC Irvine.
The Spartans trail Cal State Fullerton, 9-12-1, in the all-time series. The last meeting was in 1998, a 3-1 San Jose State victory.
San Jose State and Denver are tied a 2-2 in the all-time series. The Spartans have won the two previous meetings this season, 2-0 at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 15 and 3-1 at Denver on Oct. 27.
Spartans remain number one
San Jose State is once again the top ranked team in the nation in the NSCAA coaches poll. This is the fourth straight week the Spartans are ranked number one in the poll.
In the other national rankings
San Jose State is ranked in the top five in four other national polls.
The Spartans are third in this week's Soccer Times Top 25 coaches ranking, after being ranked second last week. The Spartans received four first place votes and 277 total points.
The Spartans are fourth in this week's Soccer America top 20 and the College Soccer News media top 20. San Jose State was ranked fifth in both polls last week.
San Jose State is ranked fifth in the Mad Dog Soccer top 30 ranking. The Spartans were sixth in last week's poll.
Spartans in the NSCAA regional ranking
For the fifth straight week, San Jose State is the number one ranked team in this week's NSCAA Far West regional ranking.
The Spartans ended the regular season with a pair of non-conference victories, 2-0 over Cal Poly last Wednesday and 3-2 at California on Saturday. Both games were on the road.
Jorge Martinez and Isaias Bardales each scored in Wednesday's win. Martinez scored off Gareth Williams' corner kick and Bardales scored on an assist from Frank Sanfilippo.
The Spartans broke a 1-1 tie against California with goals by Martinez and Dan Fife enroute to the win. Bardales gave SJSU a 1-0 lead on an assist from Martinez. Martinez put the Spartans back in front on a header, with assists to Fife and Francisco Martinez. Fife gave the Spartans a 3-1 lead on a penalty kick. Cal added a goal in the final minute of regulation.
Humphreys shutout streak continues
Chris Humphreys recorded his 13th shutout of the season in Wednesday's win, extending his own single-season record. The shutout was also the 17th of his career. He is second on the career list, behind current Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair, who had 18 shutouts from 1970-73.
Head Coach Gary St. Clair
Gary St. Clair is in his 11th season as the San Jose State head coach. With a record of 103-96-14 (.518), he is the second winningest coach in SJSU men's soccer history. St. Clair recorded his 100th career victory on Oct. 27, a 2-1 victory at Denver.
Spartans close in on victory record
San Jose State needs one victory to tie the school record for wins in a season. The record was set in 1978, when the Spartans finished with a 19-3 mark.
Spartan player notes:
#7 Isaias Bardales (MF, 5-10, SO, Redwood City) - Has scored nine goals and has three assists in 19 games (all starts) this season. Has scored a goal in each of the last three games. Had two assists on 9/21 at Loyola Marymount. Scored a goal and had an assist in season opener against CS San Bernardino. Is tied for fourth in the MPSF Mountain Division in scoring with 21 points and is third in goals scored.
#2 Peter Barkley (MF, 5-10, FR, Horley, Surrey, England) - Has played in six games. Has no goals or assists.
#5 Alvaro Calderon (D, 5-9, SO, Redwood City) - Has played in nine games and started once. Has no goals or assists.
#6 Daniel Castillo (D, 5-11, SO, Sunnyvale) - Has played in 10 games. Has no goals or assists.
#13 Tony Chang (MF, 5-9, SO, San Jose) - Has started all 19 games. Scored a goal and had an assist against CS Sacramento on Sept. 17. Also had an assist against CS Sacramento on Oct. 19 and had an assist against CS San Bernardino on Sept. 1.
#9 Dan Fife (F, 6-0, SR, Merced) - Started and played in 18 games. Has scored four goals and has one assist. Scored game-winning goals against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 3, Air Force on Oct. 1 and California on Nov. 5. Other goal was at Denver on Oct. 27. Had an assist on Nov. 5 at Cal. Is tied for ninth in the MPSF Mountain Division stats in scoring with nine points and is tied for 10th in goals with four.
#16 Owen Flannery (D, 6-0, SR, San Francisco) - Has played in four games. Has no goals or assists.
#22 Thomas Gibson (MF/F, 5-7, SO, Anchorage, Alaska) - Has played in 12 games. Scored two goals, both against CS San Bernardino on Sept. 1.
#4 Gonzalo Guerra (D, 5-11, JR, East Palo Alto) - Has started all 19 games. He has one assist, at Air Force on Oct. 29.
#10 Alberto Gutierrez (F, 5-8, SO, Chino Hills) - Has played in one game and had no goals or assists.
#11 Cesar Gutierrez (MF, 5-8, SO, Chino Hills) - Has played in 16 games and started twice. Scored his only goal of the season on Sept. 1 against CS San Bernardino. Had three assists against CS Sacramento on Oct. 19.
#20 Carter Hernandez (MF, 5-6, SR, Inglewood) - Has played in 11 matches and started once. Scoring his only goal of the season on Oct. 19 vs. CS Sacramento.
#33 Jason Horner (GK, 6-0, JR, Watsonville) - Has played a total of 74 minutes in three games. Has allowed one goal and has one save. Has combined shutouts against Air Force (Oct. 1) and at Fresno State (Oct. 12).
#1 Chris Humphreys (GK, 6-4, SR, Rancho Cucamonga) - Has started all 19 games and played 1,672 minutes. Has 13 shutouts this season (11 solo and two combined) -- the single season school record -- and is second in career shutouts with 17 (one behind the record holder). Has allowed six goals (0.32 GAA) and has 40 saves. Was named the MPSF Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after allowing no goals in a pair of shutouts (4-0 over Fresno State and 2-0 over Denver). Was selected as the Soccer Times Player of the Week on Oct. 9. Leads the MPSF and is second in the NCAA Division 1 stats for Goals Against Average (0.32 GAA).
#8 Lars Lyssand (MF, 6-0, JR, Redwood City) - Has played in 18 games and started 17. Has four goals and nine assists for 17 points. Had three assists against CS San Bernardino on Sept. 1, and two assists at CS Sacramento (Sept. 17) and Loyola U.-Chicago (Sept. 23). Scored the game-winning goal against Saint Mary's on Oct. 5. Is second in the MPSF in assists and is sixth in the Mountain Division in scoring. Was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on Oct. 3, after scoring the only goal in a 1-1 tie against Stanford and scoring a goal in a 3-0 win over Air Force.
#14 Francisco Martinez (MF, 5-9, FR, San Jose) - Has played in 10 games this season. Had an assist on Nov. 5 at California.
#12 Jorge Martinez (MF, 5-8, SR, Menlo Park) - Has started all 19 games. Is the leading scorer on the team and in the MPSF with 42 points, and is 10th in the NCAA Division 1 national stats in Points Per Game (2.21). His 16 goals and 10 assists lead the MPSF in both categories. Is tied for 19th in the national stats in Goals Per Game (0.84). Scored four goals and had an assist against CS San Bernardino on Sept. 1. Scored two goals in three straight games from Sept. 21-26 (CS Sacramento, Loyola Marymount and Loyola U.-Chicago). Was the MPSF Player of the Week on Sept. 18 and Sept. 25. Was named the MVP of the Loyola Marymount tournament. Was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on Sept. 19 and Sept. 27.
#23 Koji Momita (MF, 5-11, JR, Saitama, Japan) - Has played in two games this season and has no goals or assists.
#19 Michael Patrick (D, 5-8, FR, Merced) - Has appeared in five goals but has not scored.
#21 Frank Sanfilippo (D, 5-11, SO, San Diego) - Has started all 19 games this season. Has four goals and five assists. Has scored two game-winning goals, both against Denver (Oct. 15 and Oct. 27).
#3 Ryan Suarez (D, 6-2, SR, Roseville) - Has started all 19 games. Has scored five goals and has one assist. Is 11th in the MPSF Mountain Division in scoring. Has two game-winning goals, against Santa Clara on Oct. 8 and Fresno State on Oct. 22. Was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week three times - Oct. 11, Oct. 17 and Oct. 25.
#15 Fausto Villegas (MF, 5-9, SO, Half Moon Bay) - Has started and played in 18 games. Has scored two goals and has one assist. Scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 8 against CS Northridge.
#17 Gareth Williams (MF, 6-0, SR, San Jose) - Has started all 19 games. Has
one goal and four assists. His only goal was a game-winning goal against CS
Sacramento on Oct. 19. Assisted on game-winning goals against Denver (Oct.
15) and Cal Poly (Nov. 1).