MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary's men's soccer team will now begin a tough stretch with four road games in 10 days, as the Gaels will face San Jose State and travel to another Big West powerhouse in Cal Poly.
Saint Mary's will face the Spartans at Spartan Soccer Field for a midweek showdown on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Viewers can watch the action live via the WAC Digital Network or by clicking HERE. Live stats can also be seen versus SJSU HERE.
Following a two day break, the Gaels will travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face the Mustangs in their home opener for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Followers can follow live stats between the Gaels and Mustangs HERE.
After firing 29 shots in last week's action versus Detroit Mercy, the Gaels rank tied-13th in the nation and second in the conference in shots per game (17.33).
Playmaking continues to be a strong suit for the Gaels, shown by the team's six assists through three games. SMC is fourth in the conference with an average of two assists per game. The Gaels just one of three teams in the WCC without a loss, as Pacific and Gonzaga both sit at 3-0-0 overall.
Leading the team with two goals through three games, Jake Rudel is tied-seventh in total points (4) and tied-fourth in goals.
With two assists versus Detroit Mercy, and three assists on the season, Anders Engebretsen has been a force down the left wing for the Gaels. The sophomore is tied-third in the conference in assists.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans (1-2-0) are coming off a 2-0 home loss to Sacramento State after defeating UC Davis in a close, 3-2, contest. The Spartans opened 2017 with a 4-0 loss to the top ranked program in the nation, Stanford. San Jose State is currently led by junior Andy Rios and his two goals in the first three games.
The last time the Gaels met the Spartans was Sept, 21, 2014 at Saint Mary's Stadium, as the Gaels handed San Jose State a 2-1 loss.
ABOUT CAL POLY
The Mustangs have won the past two meetings against the Gaels, with the most recent contest on Sept. 2, 2006. The last time SMC defeated Cal Poly was on the road on Oct. 3, 1999 (W, 2-1).
The Mustangs (0-4) have opened 2017 with four tough road games, with three against top-ranked programs in the nation. Cal Poly opened at No. 7 Indiana and No. 10 Notre Dame in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament. The Mustangs took the Fighting Irish the distance, eventually losing 2-1 in the 101st minute.
Cal Poly is coming off a narrow 1-0 loss at No. 6 Maryland, where Mustangs keeper Simon Boehme recorded an impressive seven saves. Boehme is second in the nation in saves per game (7.75).
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