Men's Soccer Earns MPSF Honors

San Jose, Calif. - Four San Jose State men's soccer players have been recognized by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) for their play in the conference championship tournament and throughout the season.

Steven Sanchez and Roberto Casteneda were named to the MPSF 2011 All-Championship Tournament Team and Jonathan Lester, Sanchez and Nick Cashmere received all-conference honors.

Sanchez, a junior striker, tied for the team lead in shots (7) in the MPSF Tournament.  His 73rd minute goal against Sacramento State in the quarterfinals was the game winner and six minutes later he picked up an assist on the Spartans fourth goal in a 4-2 win.  In the semifinals against No. 1 ranked New Mexico, he took a team leading three shots, putting one on goal in a 3-0 loss to the eventual tournament winners.

Casteneda, a senior center-mid, directed the Spartans attack, took three shots against Sacramento State and assisted on Sanchez's goal.  Against New Mexico he took one shot, which was on frame.

Lester, a senior keeper, earned first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors after leading the conference in saves (96) and saves per game (5.65).  He had three clean sheets and a goals against average of 1.12 while saving 82.8 percent of the shots that reached him.

Sanchez emerged this season as a true scoring threat and earned second-team All-MPSF honors.  He led the team and the league with five game winning goals during the regular season and added one more in the conference tournament.  His shots (38), points (16), goals (6) and assists (4) all ranked in the top-10 in the regular season among conference players.

Cashmere, a senior striker, was fourth in shots (55), sixth in goals (6) and 10th in points (15) in the MPSF in 2011 and received honorable mention recognition.  He led the team in shots in shots and goals while using his speed to create havoc by getting behind defenses.

The honors are the first for each athlete.  San Jose State finished in fifth place in the MPSF regular season rankings (8-7-3) and went 1-1 in the conference tournament.