Seattle University at San Jose State - Saturday, Nov. 3 - 7:00 p.m.
LAST STAND: Pride is on the line for the Seattle University men's soccer team as it wraps up the 2012 season with a match at San Jose State Saturday night. The Redhawks were eliminated from qualification for the MPSF Tournament last weekend, but a win against the Spartans would give Seattle U positive momentum heading into 2013.
LIVE STATS/VIDEO: San Jose State will be offering live stats and live video through its website, with links to both offerings also available on the men's soccer schedule page at GoSeattleU.com.
LAST WEEKEND: Seattle University earned its first conference win of 2012, defeating Houston Baptist last Friday at Championship Field, 2-1. After a scoreless first half, the Redhawks struck first, as junior Miguel Gonzalez drew a penalty kick opportunity when he was taken down within the 18-yard box. Gonzalez converted on the penalty kick chance in the 56th minute. Less than three minutes later, Houston Baptist knotted the match at 1-1, but the Redhawks were able to respond less than five minutes later. In the 64th minute, Chase Hanson made a pass along the right side to Marshall Kosaka, whose crossing pass was redirected into the net by a Michael Roberts header. The Seattle U defense was able to hold off the Huskies in the final 25 minutes. Jake Feener picked up the victory for the Redhawks, making two saves along the way. Sunday afternoon at Championship Field, nationally-ranked New Mexico picked up a 3-0 victory over the Redhawks. Shane Haworth started in goal for Seattle U, making four saves during the afternoon.
NCAA RANKINGS: Redhawk goalie Jake Feener is sixth in the country in saves per game, averaging 6.1 saves per match. As a team, Seattle University is fourth in Division I in saves per game with 6.19.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans come into Saturday's match with a 7-8-1 overall record. San Jose State is tied for fourth place with Denver in the MPSF standings with a 4-4-1 league mark. The Spartans have clinched a spot in the MPSF Tournament next week in Albuquerque, N.M., and will play in the first round next Thursday, Nov. 8. Steven Sanchez leads the team in scoring with nine goals and two assists for 20 total points. Sanchez is third in the MPSF in both goals and total points. Jonathan Salceda leads the Spartans with five assists to go along with five goals for 15 total points. He is tied for sixth in the conference in assists, tied for eighth in goals, and ninth in total points. Michael Schwinn has appeared in 12 matches as the San Jose State goalkeeper, posting a 4-7-1 record with a 2.13 GAA and a .675 save percentage. Emmanuel Espinosa has started four matches for the Spartans, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.00 GAA and an .846 save percentage.
SEATTLE U VS. SAN JOSE STATE: This will be the eighth meeting between Seattle U and San Jose State since 2008, with the Spartans holding a 5-0-2 series advantage over the Redhawks. The teams met twice last season, with San Jose State winning both by identical 2-1 scores. First, on Oct. 7 in San Jose, Allen La Spina scored both Spartan goals, including the game-winner 3:13 into overtime, after Mikey Ramos had tied the match for Seattle U in the 79th minute. In the rematch Oct. 14 at Championship Field, the two teams exchanged penalty kick goals and the match seemed destined for overtime tied at 1-1. However, with 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Steve Sanchez's shot deflected off the Redhawk defense into the net to give San Jose State the victory. In this season's first meeting between the two teams Sept. 30 at Championship Field, Seattle U and San Jose State played to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes. Seattle U keeper Jake Feener made a career-high 11 saves, while Michael Schwinn finished with five saves for the Spartans.