The Cukar Corner: 2009 Men's Soccer Blog 10

Nick Cukar is a fourth-year senior on the 2009 San Jose State University men's soccer team. He is a local product out of Millbrae, Calif., and Capuchino High School. The Spartan co-captain has struck for 22 goals in his career from his left outside midfield spot, with an incredible 11 of them game-winners. The 2008 second-team all-region and first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection is a kinesiology major.

San Jose State flies to Denver, Colo., this Wednesday afternoon, November 11, for the 2009 MPSF Tournament. The third-seeded Spartans open the six-team tournament on Thursday afternoon, November 12, taking on sixth-seeded UNLV at 3:30 p.m. PST. All the action can be followed via live stats by clicking here.

Blog Entry #10 (Monday, November 9)

Welcome to another installment of The Cukar Corner!

Since my last blog, we've hit a little bump, losing our last three games by one goal. We have been playing well of late, but were unfortunate either not to find our rhythm early in the games, or simply finish our chances.

Our game against New Mexico was Senior Day, and Oscar, Colby, Brian and I were honored prior to kick-off. This game meant a lot to all four of us. We have had a great college experience here at San Jose State, and are very thankful for the wonderful opportunity we were given and the memories we created here. Playing in Spartan Stadium's atmosphere is great, with all the history it brings. Growing up, I watched the Earthquakes play there, and it has been very cool to play on the same field.

My experience here will always be special to me. I've made memories and had many great experiences at this school, and could not have asked for a better place to play than at San Jose State. I know all the other seniors feel the same, and would like to thank all of you who have followed us these past four or five years.

The season, however, is not over, and in some sense, it has just started. On Thursday, we will be in a battle with UNLV, who ended our streak of unbeaten games as well as our perfect home record, in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. This tournament is a winner-take-all (the MPSF title and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament), and if you lose, you go home. I'm very excited about this tournament, as anyone has a chance to win the title, and it does not matter what your record is going in. Everyone has an equal chance of winning it.

Even coming off a three-game losing streak, I feel that this team has a great chance to take the title. We know how well we can play, and we know how bad we can play. Now we are essentially playing with nothing to lose, so we need to come out that way, establish our game early on, and with that, I think we have a legitimate chance to have a special run to the title. This week, we will be focusing on getting revenge over UNLV for that dreadful loss, just like we avenged our 2008 loss to UC Davis earlier this year. I hope all of you can follow us on-line as we try to bring home the MPSF title and a trip to the NCAA Championship!!! Wish us luck as we look to play our hearts out in frigid Denver, Colorado!!!

GO SPARTANS!!!

-Nick

2009 San Jose State Men's Soccer Blog Entries

August 15 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain

August 25 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain

August 30 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain

September 9

September 17

September 29

October 14

October 21

October 29

November 9