Stanford, Calif.----- San Jose State University withstood Stanford University's 24-shot barrage and Spartan goalkeeper Alex Clewis was credited with a single-match career-high 11 saves in a 0-0 tie in the season-opening men's soccer contest for both teams.
The Spartans (0-0-1) had nine shots with just two on goal, one by Carlos Gomez-Zavala and one by Jeff Dukes. Both were in the first overtime against the three-time defending NCAA champions and preseason #1 Cardinal (0-0-1).
"...They're a great team and coming home as three-time defending national champions. I thought in the first half Clewis came up with some huge saves and our defense came up with some very good interceptions," said San Jose State head coach Simon Tobin.
"In the second half, for the first 30 minutes, we played really well. We showed we're are at a level now with some of the elite teams in the country."
The tie ended five consecutive wins by the Cardinal over the Spartans since 2012. San Jose State and Stanford tied, 1-1 in 2008. The last Spartan win over the Cardinal was a 2-1 triumph in 2006.
"Really happy for the boys. We all worked our butts off. It was tough conditions -- three-time national champs (Stanford). So, I think we did really well," said Clewis, a senior from Concord, Calif., whose previous single-match high in saves was four against Seattle U. last season. The transfer from Notre Dame de Namur came up with his second career shutout as a Spartan.
San Jose State concludes its first weekend of the season, Sunday, August 26, hosting CSUN in its home opener at the Spartan Soccer Complex located near the corner of 10th & Alma in San Jose. Match time is 4:00 p.m.