Spartans Start Regular Season Thursday In Bakersfield

Match Information: San José State (0-0-0) at CSU Bakersfield (0-0-0)
Scheduled For Thursday, August 26 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Bakersfield, Calif. | Main Soccer Field (2,000)
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Match Notes San José State | CSU Bakersfield
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San José, Calif. – Returning 11 starters from a team that posted the program's best record in 21 years, the San José State men's soccer team is set to kickoff the 2021 regular season on Thursday night at CSU Bakersfield. After competing in the same conference as the Spartans from 2013 to 2019, this week's battle in Bakersfield will be a non-conference tilt as the Roadrunners have since made the move to the Big West. For ticket information, click here
  Match No.1
San José State (0-0-0) at CSU Bakersfield (0-0-0)
Thursday, Aug. 26 | 7:00 p.m. | Bakersfield, Calif.

First Touches

  • CSU Bakersfield hasn't played a regular season match in 21 months, seeing its last campaign canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by eighth-year head coach Richie Grant, the Roadrunners went 2-1 in exhibition matches this month and most recently routed No. 17 Loyola Marymount for a 4-1 victory. 
  • Prior to Grant taking over at the helm in Bakersfield, San José State head coach Simon Tobin held the same position there for 27 seasons. Tobin won the NCAA Division II national championship in 1997 in addition to seven conference titles while with the Roadrunners.
  • The Spartans led the league in selections to this year's Preseason All-WAC Team as Max Allen, Carlos Gomez-Zavala and Willy Miranda were all honored by the conference's coaches. In addition, SJSU was one of three teams in the league to receive first-place votes in the preseason poll.
  • San José State opened the 2021 season with a pair of exhibition matches, playing the Pac-12's California Golden Bears to a 2-2 draw before going on the road to defeat San Francisco by a score of 2-1. The club had four different goalscorers across the two friendlies, with Eduardo Miranda, Jamal Adam, Joel Garcia and Willy Miranda all finding the back of the net.