MEN'S SOCCER OPENS MPSF PLAY AT SAN JOSE STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team will open up Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Sunday night at San Jose State.
Sacramento State and San Jose State will square off at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The Hornets (4-3-1) will meet the Spartans (3-2-3) at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Spartan Stadium.
Sacramento State and San Jose State have met 27 times since the 1991 season - the Hornets' first in Div. I. The Hornets hold a 6-17-3 record in those meetings but have not lost in three straight outings (2-0-1). Last year Sacramento State and San Jose State played to a scoreless draw at Hornet Field and a 1-0 overtime win at Spartan Stadium.
The Hornets will play San Jose State, Cal State Bakersfield and Seattle twice this season as part of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Pacific Division schedule. The Hornets play the MPSF Mountain Division teams (Denver, Air Force, New Mexico and UNLV) just once in the regular season. Sacramento State and San Jose State first played twice in one season in 2000 before picking up a regular home-and-home series in 2004.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hornets split a pair of road matches last weekend. On Friday, Casey Bernard's goal in the second overtime period led Sacramento State to a 3-2 victory at rival UC Davis but the Hornets fell, 2-0, on Sunday at No. 13 ranked UC Santa Barbara. The two teams will be conference foes next season as head coach Michael Linenberger's squad transitions into the Big West Conference.
The Spartans posted a 1-1-2 record against teams the Hornets have also played. Sacramento State went 2-1-1 against San Francisco, UC Riverside, Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State has scored 10 goals this season while allowing nine through eight games. Goalkeeper Jonathan Lester is third in the MPSF with a 1.04 goals against average and tied for first with 32 saves. He has started all eight games for the Spartans and recorded shutouts against Saint Mary's and Nebraska-Omaha. Nick Cashmere leads the team with three goals and seven points while Dan Addiego has a team-best three assists.
Sacramento State will play host to Cal State Bakersfield and Seattle in the Hornets' first conference games at home this season.