Five Men's Soccer Players Earn MPSF Honors

Woodland, Calif. - Five members of the San Jose State men’s soccer team were honored with Mountain Pacific Sports Federation recognition for their efforts this season. At least one Spartan was named to each All-MPSF team. Senior Ismael Ibarra took top honors by being named to the First Team. Juniors Ed Brand and Hiroki Akiyama both took All-MPSF Second Team honors while senior Julio Gonzalez and sophomore Nick Cukar received honorable mentions.

Ibarra led the Spartans on offense this season with nine goals and three assists for a total of 21 points. The senior’s 21 points placed him second in the MPSF in scoring and in a tie for second in goals scored. In MPSF play, Ibarra played and started in all 10 games and tallied five goals and one assist for 11 points. Ibarra recorded a season-high four points against the College of Charleston on September 30 with a goal and two assists.

Brand was a 2007 co-captain for the Spartans in 2007. The junior defender helped the Spartans to a 10-9-0 winning record this season. Brand, and the rest of San Jose State’s defense, tallied five shutouts this season. Brand scored two goals for the Spartans this season, including one in MPSF play at Denver on October 29.

Akiyama was a powerhouse in the midfield for the Spartans. The junior notched the first goal of his career in a Spartan uniform on October 19 Air Force. Akiyama scored the game-winning goal at the 80:07 mark of the game on a rebound in front of the goal. The native of Japan contributed on offense and defense,

Gonzalez and Cukar earned recognition for their stellar performance on offense this season. Both forwards scored six goals for the Spartans, but Cukar took the edge in points with two assists, as compared to Gonzalez, who had just one. Cukar played and started in all league games this season, scoring two goals and adding an assist for the Spartans. Gonzalez played in nine conference games and also notched two goals and an assist on the season.

The combination of Ibarra, Gonzalez and Cukar, along with several other members of the Spartan offense, earned the team an 18th-place ranking in the nation for scoring offense. San Jose State averaged 1.95 goals per game in 2007.