Men's Soccer: St. Clair Named Coach Of The Year, Suarez Named Player Of The Year In MPSF Mountain Division; Seven Named To All-Division Teams

Gary St. Clair, who recently completed his 11th season as head coach of the San Jose State men's soccer team, was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Mountain Division Coach of the Year, and senior defender Ryan Suarez was named the Mountain Division Player of the Year. Suarez and six other Spartans were named to the Mountain Division all-division team.

The awards were selected in a coaches vote and announced this week.

St. Clair's team won the Mountain Division with an 8-0 record, then won the MPSF Championships to earn the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. His team was the number-one ranked team in the NSCAA poll for four weeks. The Spartans set a school record with 20 wins, finishing the season with a 20-1-1 record.

Suarez, a senior from Roseville, Calif., anchored the Spartan defense which allowed just 13 goals during the season. He scored five goals and had three assists. He had two game winning goals and assisted on the game winning goals in both MPSF playoff games. Suarez was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week three times during the season. He started all 22 games for San Jose State this season.

Suarez was one of five SJSU players named to the first team all-Mountain Division team. The others were Jorge Martinez, Frank Sanfilippo, Isaias Bardales and Chris Humphreys. Two Spartans, Dan Fife and Lars Lyssand, were second-team selections.

Martinez, a senior midfielder from Menlo Park, Calif., led the Spartans and the MPSF with 17 goals, 11 assists and 43 points. He had seven game winning goals. He was the Player of the Week in the MPSF on two occasions, and was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week three times. Martinez started all 22 games this season.

Sanfilippo, a sophomore forward from San Diego, Calif., scored five goals and had nine assists this season. He had two game-winning goals and had an assist on a game-winning goal. He started 20 games and played in 21.

Bardales, a sophomore midfielder from San Jose, Calif., scored 11 goals and recorded three assists during the season. He scored a goal in five straight games at one point in the season. The sophomore midfielder from San Jose started all 22 games this season.

Humphreys. a senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., set a school record with 14 shutouts this season and tied the career shutouts record (with Gary St. Clair) of 18. At one point during the season he recorded six consecutive shutouts. In 22 games (all starts) he allowed 13 goals for a 0.56 Goals Against Average and recorded 51 saves. He was named the MPSF Player of the Week once during the season.

Fife, a senior forward from Merced, Calif., started and played in 21 games this season. He scored four goals, including three game-winning goals, and had one assist.

Lyssand, a junior midfielder from Redwood City, Calif., played in 21 games and started 20. He scored five goals and had nine assists. He had one game-winning goal. His assists included three in one game and two in two others. He was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week once during the season.