San Jose, Calif. – Starting from the kickoff, the San Jose State men’s soccer team felt the pressure from the San Francisco Dons and dropped its non-conference finale 0-3 on Sunday afternoon on Spartan Soccer Field.
San Francisco (5-2-1) out shot the Spartans in the first half, 11-to-5, and got on the board in the 18th minute. The goal came from Davi Ramos after he took a cross from Manny Padilla and tucked it inside the right post for a 1-0 USF.
The Dons struck again at the 28:34 mark. Miguel Aguilar picked up a loose ball 35 yards out, dribbled to just inside the 18 and scored to the top shelf against Spartans keeper Felix Petermann. It was Aguilar’s fourth goal of the season and the sides went to the half with USF holding a 2-0 lead.
SJSU’s best chance to score in the first half came in the fifth minute when striker Rory Knibbs unleashed a shot from close on the right wing that sailed just over the crossbar and the open half of the goal. Knibbs, the Spartans leading scorer, would play only 15 minutes before coming out of the match.
The Spartans (2-6-0) had the better statistical half in the second 45 minutes, but failed to crack the Dons defense. They had two dangerous chances, but couldn’t get the ball on frame. The first came on a corner kick from Uriel Ayala. The ball was served into the six. In a scramble in front of the net, Ruben Want was inches from tapping it into an open goal, but the ball was just out of his reach and was cleared by the Dons.
Andy Moya had the Spartans last good opportunity. In the 57th minute his shot from close on the left wing was just outside of the near post.
San Francisco finished the scoring in the 72nd minute with a Jonathan Fabulich tally for the final score of 3-0.
Knibbs, in just 15 minutes of play led the team with two shots. Want, Dylan West, Frankie Beauchamp, Victor Parra, Darren Sinclair, Moya and Eric Mendez attempted one shot each. Petermann made two saves in the loss. His record now stands at 1-3-0.
USF had four players with two shots led by Ramos and Aguilar. Chase Hauser made three saves and earned the win. His record is now 5-2-1.
San José State opens Western Athletic Conference play next Saturday evening at CSU Bakersfield. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on NSCAA.tv.
San Francisco (5-2-1) vs. San Jose State (2-6-0)
Date: 09/28/14 Attendance: 503
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
San Francisco....... 2 1 - 3
San Jose State...... 0 0 - 0
1. 17:01 USF RAMOS, Davi (2) (PADILLA, Manny) - serve from right side, shot to near post
2. 28:34 USF AGUILAR, Miguel (4) (unassisted) - picked up a loose ball and fired to the top corner
3. 71:20 USF FABULICH, Jonathan (1) (RAMOS, Davi) - header off a free kick
Shots: San Francisco 12, San Jose State 9
Saves: San Francisco 3 (HAUSER, Chase 3), San Jose State 2 (Petermann,