Men's Soccer Wins MPSF Championship

Frank Mata was named the
tournament "MVP."
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Sacramento, Calif.—After a two-year hiatus, the San Jose State men’s soccer team will make its 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after defeating New Mexico, 3-2, Sunday afternoon in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship match at Hornet Field on the Sacramento State campus.

The automatic bid for the tournament did not come easy for the Spartans. New Mexico jumped on the scoreboard first as Jeff Rowland headed in a ball from a Jeff Krause header. The play started off a corner kick from Stian Eriksen.

San Jose State had its chances in the first half with seven shots, three on goal. Randy Poggio shot one towards the net in the seventh minute that was saved by Lobo keeper Andrew Weber. Johnny Gonzalez then took a shot off the rebound that was deflected out of bounds. In the 42nd minute, Poggio hit a header wide of the box.

The second half was the Spartans’ scoring half. Poggio scored first in the 49th minute on the left side from a Tim McKinney pass. McKinney then scored in the 70th minute as he headed a ball in the net that came off a free kick from Frank Mata. Gonzalez then scored what became the game-winner in the 74th minute from a Poggio. SJSU also had other scoring chances that either went wide or high of the goal.

“We were playing our game in the first half,” said San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. “We just weren’t getting the breaks that New Mexico did. In the first half, the ball went in the net for New Mexico, and they were making the saves. I told the kids to stay positive and play our game and the ball would go in the net.”

Spartan Frank Mata was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament for his play. He ended the tournament with one goal and two assists. Goalie Tyler Tratten was named to the all-tournament team.

“Frank was a huge part of our team this weekend,” said St. Clair. “He gave us a big-time plus with his goal scoring and assisting on key goals.”

The Spartans will find out who they play in the NCAA Tournament on Monday. The team will enter the tournament without two of their top players after an unfortunate melee in the 82nd minute. Five red cards were given – three to New Mexico and two to San Jose State – Gonzalez and Frank Sanfilippo.

MPSF Championship Match
Sacramento, Calif.

San Jose State 3 New Mexico 2

New Mexico 1 1 - 2
San Jose State 0 3 -- 3

Goals Summary
12:55 NM Jeff Rowland (Jeff Krause)
49:37 SJSU Randy Poggio (Tim McKinney)
70:09 SJSU Tim McKinney (Frank Mata)
74:36 SJSU Johnny Gonzalez (Randy Poggio)
87:47 NM Patrick Grange (Matt Wootton)

Saves – NM 4 (Andrew Weber 4); SJSU 3 (Tyler Tratten 3).

Records – San Jose State 12-6-2.

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