San Francisco, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision in its second game of the 2008 spring season to the host Dons, 1-0, at Negoesco Field on the campus of the University of San Francisco on Friday night, March 7.
The lone goal of the regulation, 90-minute match, came in the first half. At approximately the 12-minute mark, a USF player put in a cross from the left side to a teammate who took a couple of touches around a pair of Spartan midfielders and hit a shot from the top of the penalty box near the far post that found its way into the back of the net.
San Jose State produced its best chance to equalize at around the 30th minute. Co-captain Ed Brand, who will be in his fourth and final season as a Spartan in 2008, made an offensive run from his central defensive position, exchanged a wall pass with junior-to-be teammate Colby Moore and unleashed a bullet of a shot from around 30 yards out that nicked the outside of the far post and glanced away.
Senior-to-be Lewis Sweeney played the first half in the Spartan goal before giving way to Tyler Newman, who redshirted as a freshman in 2007, for the second half. Team co-captain Richard Mann, who will be a senior himself during the 2008 season, was held out of action.
The remainder of the Spartan starting lineup, in addition to Sweeney, included Brand, Dan Addiego, Alex Diosdado and Boyah Kaar on defense, Hiroki Akiyama and Gavin Wenyon in holding midfield, Nick Cukar and Ricky Dorrego on the flanks, Efrain Burgos, Jr., in the attacking midfield role and Moore up top.
“This was a very, very, competitive game,” remarked San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. “Again, we had a chance to see an awful lot of players. Everybody played for us. We had three freshmen start on the backline (Addiego, Diosdado and Kaar), who were playing in just their second game for us, with the first being last week’s scrimmage with the San Jose Earthquakes.
“We got a chance to look at some things and see a lot of progress being made by our young players. We are an extremely young team. We have a bunch of 17- and 18-year-olds, trying to be 22 real fast in their play. It is going to be a spring-long task for us to get our players better.”
St. Clair’s Spartans began the spring portion of their training schedule back on Monday, February 18. The Spartans previously took on the San Jose Earthquakes, the newest expansion team of Major League Soccer, in a game with 40-minute halves on Saturday, March 1, at Spartan Field, falling by the final score of 3-0.
San Jose State will continue its spring training over the next two weeks, practicing Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m. at Spartan Field.
St. Clair’s squad will take a week off for Spring Break at the end of the month, before returning to training on Tuesday, April 2, and resuming their spring competition schedule that following Saturday, April 5.
The Spartans will take part in mini-tournaments at home with UC Santa Barbara and San Jose Frogs F.C., a member of the USL Premier Development League, on Saturday, April 5, and Cal Poly and Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, April 12, with the first game beginning at 11:00 a.m. on each date.
San Jose State’s spring season will end on Saturday, April 19, with a 12:00 p.m. meeting with the University of California at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif.
2008 Spring Results
San Jose State 0, San Jose Earthquakes 3 (3/1)
San Jose State 0, at University of San Francisco 1 (3/7)
Saturday, April 5: San Jose State vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spartan Field, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 5: San Jose State vs. San Jose Frogs F.C., Spartan Field, 2:20 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: San Jose State vs. Cal Poly, Spartan Field, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 12: San Jose State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, Spartan Field, 2:20 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: San Jose State vs. University of California, Merritt College, 12:00 p.m.