MPSF Action Kicks-Off This Week

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Sept. 24, 2012

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CSU BAKERSFIELD (3-1-4 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) handed No. 19 UC Riverside its first loss of the year in eight games, with a 2-0 road win Sunday. Kory Kindle scored both goals, in the second and 43rd-minutes, assisted each time by Gyasi Zardes. The Roadrunners also managed a 1-1 tie at SMU last Thursday, a game in which they played a man down for the final 37 minutes. Unbeaten in six straight, CSUB hosts UNLV in Saturday's conference opener.

NO. 5 NEW MEXICO (7-1-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) posted back-to-back shutouts at the Nike/Lobo Invitational this past weekend, taking down Fairfield, 2-0, and Northern Illinois, 3-0. Devon Sandoval recorded 20th and 30th- minute goals against the Huskies, and in the 18th-minute vs. the Stags. New Mexico held Fairfield to one shot on goal over the 90 minutes. The Lobos take six straight wins to Houston Baptist for the first MPSF game Saturday (Sept. 29).

DENVER (5-1-2 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) extended its win streak to five and unbeaten streak to seven, defeating Northern Illinois in double-overtime, 3-2, and Fairfield, 2-1 at the Nike/Lobo Invitational. Reid Hukari assisted Josh Wren with 1:23 left in the second OT vs. NIU. Brian Hoyt, who also tallied in that win, delivered a 52nd-minute comeback game-winner vs. the Stags. The Pioneers head to Air Force for Saturday's conference opener.

SAN JOSE STATE (3-4-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) hosted Bradley and New Jersey Tech this past weekend as part of the San Jose State/Santa Clara Tournament, and came away with a 3-2 win against the Braves. Thomas Barnes redirected a shot into the net for a 58th-minute game-winning goal. Steve Sanchez scored the first two Spartan goals, before completing a three-goal week against NJIT. SJSU opens MPSF at Seattle U on Sunday (Sept. 30).

SEATTLE U (2-5-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) Marshall Kosaka put away his second goal of the game with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to give the Redhawks a 4-3 home victory over Portland last Friday. Each team had scored three goals in the first half prior to Kosaka's heroics. Seattle U dropped a 2-0 result at the University of Washington Sunday, and now looks towards an MPSF home game with San Jose State Sunday (Sept. 30).

UNLV (2-7-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) opens its MPSF schedule at CSU Bakersfield Saturday. The Rebels completed their non-conference season with losses at San Diego State (3-1) and Sacramento State (3-2, OT). Against the Hornets, Julian Portugal nailed a penalty kick for the third straight game.

AIR FORCE (3-5-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) dropped a pair of 2-0 decisions in Southern California last week, visiting CS Fullerton and CS Northridge. Goalkeeper Matt Underwood combined for nine saves on the trip. The Falcons host Denver Saturday (Sept. 29) as conference play begins.

HOUSTON BAPTIST (2-4-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) has been idle since a Sept. 11 road loss at California. The Huskies host their first official MPSF Conference game this Saturday (Sept. 29) against defending champion New Mexico, also the first of three straight at home.

DEVON SANDOVAL MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK

New Mexico senior forward Devon Sandoval (Albuquerque, NM/San Diego State) scored three goals during UNM's two wins against Northern Illinois and Fairfield. His scoring output accounted for 60 percent of the Lobos' goals during their play in the Nike Lobo Invitational. For the second straight week, the forward took home tournament Offensive MVP honors. Entering the conference schedule, Sandoval leads the MPSF in goals (7) and points (16). Ironically, Sandoval has duplicated the exact achievement of CSU Bakersfield's Gyasi Zardes from 2011, earning this honor following the first, second, and fifth weeks of the season. Also Nominated: Brian Hoyt (DEN); Steve Sanchez (SJSU); Kory Kindle (CSUB); Marshall Kosaka (SU)