San Jose, Calif.----- Andy Rios' penalty kick in the 69th minute helped San Jose State University to a 4-3 win over University of Kansas City in a Western Athletic Conference men's soccer match.
Winning at home for the first time in five matches and in a comeback manner for the first time in 2017, San Jose State (6-10-1, 4-4-1 WAC) recorded a season high four goals on a season high 20 shots in the match.
Jeremy Romero scored two game-tying goals for the Spartans. In eighth minute of the first half, Romero tied the match, 1-1, on an assist from Carlos Valdovinos. Romero scored again, his ninth goal of the season, by getting a pass from his teammate Jonathan Partida in the 60th minute of the match for a 2-2 tie.
"We are hoping to get into the WAC tournament. This was the game where I thought it was a 'Cup' final, two teams fighting to get into the WAC tournament," said San Jose State head coach Simon Tobin.
"I couldn't have done that (score) like that (myself). As I have said before, it is a team game. I was placed in a position where I can score a goal for my team," said Romero, the team's leading goal scorer.
For Rios, the game-winner was his second penalty kick of the season. He converted one earlier in the 3-2 non-conference victory over UC Davis.
The win, San Jose State's fourth in the last five matches, moved the Spartans into a fourth-place tie with CSU Bakersfield. The top seven teams in the 11-team conference advance to the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas next month. San Jose State now has 13 points in the WAC standings, but has not clinched a tournament berth.
The Kangaroos (5-9-3, 3-6-0 WAC) are in ninth place in the standings.
SJSU hosts CSU Bakersfield in the final regular season match for both teams on Friday, November 3 at the Spartan Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT. It will be Senior Day for Valdovinos and Partida of the Spartans.