Men's Soccer Draws In Spring Opener; USF Next

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team played to a 2-2 draw with visiting Cal State Stanislaus in its first game of the 2009 spring season back on Saturday, March 14, at Spartan Field.

Newcomer Steven Sanchez put the Spartans on the board with a first-half goal, finding a loose ball that had bounced around in the penalty box at his feet, trapping, turning and scoring in his first competitive match for San Jose State. The San Jose native out of Piedmont Hills High School was a 2008 National Letter of Intent signee who did not compete last fall. Redshirt sophomore-to-be Justin Castro, himself a San Jose native, was credited with the assist.

The Warriors equalized on the first of two penalty kicks for them on the day, with redshirt sophomore-to-be Tyler Newman in the Spartan goal at the time, as the teams headed into the halftime break with the score tied at 1-1.

San Jose State took its second lead on a Nick Cukar goal in the second period, off an assist from sophomore-to-be Oscar Yniguez. Cukar was the Spartans’ leading scorer as a junior a year ago with nine goals. The Spartans then had several chances to extend their advantage, but were unsuccessful.

Once again, Cal State Stanislaus was the beneficiary of a spot-kick to knot the game, this time with newcomer Jonathan Lester in the net. Lester, a spring transfer from Southern Methodist University who will be a redshirt sophomore for the Spartans in 2009, actually saved the first attempt, but the match official called for a re-take due to players encroaching on the penalty box before the shot. The Warrior player converted on his second opportunity, for the 2-2 final.

Newman, Kyle Novak, an Oregon product who redshirted as a true freshman last fall, and Lester, each played approximately 30 minutes in goal, in that order, over the 90-minute match.

The Spartans used over 20 field players during the contest, with a starting backline consisting of Oscar Monjaras at left back, Boyah Kaar and newcomer Nick Murphy in central defense, Dan Addiego at right back, Cukar and Ricky Dorrego on the flanks, Castro, Josh Boemecke and Brian McGuire in central midfield, and senior-to-be Colby Moore as the lone striker up top.

San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair, who will be in his 20th season in charge at his alma mater during the 2009 fall season, will next take his squad to the University of San Francisco’s Negoesco Stadium to face the area rival Dons this Friday night, April 3, at 6:00 p.m, followed by a trip to San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Sunday, April 5, to play the Cal Poly Mustangs at 1:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 11, San Jose State will play host to a three-team mini-tournament, welcoming South Bay rival Santa Clara and Sonoma State to Spartan Field. The Spartans will battle the Broncos at 10:00 a.m., and the Seawolves at 2:00 p.m., in shortened games. In between, Santa Clara will take on Sonoma State at 12:00 p.m.

Finally, on Saturday, April 18, San Jose State will be in Moraga, Calif., at another mini-tournament with the host Gaels of Saint Mary’s College, and the Golden Bears of the University of California. Saint Mary’s and Cal will play at 12:00 p.m., before the Spartans meet the Bears at 2:00 p.m. and the Gaels at 3:15 p.m.

Admission to spring contests at Spartan Field is free of charge. Spartan Field is located at the corner of Alma and 10th streets on South Campus, across the street from Spartan Stadium.

Please check back at SJSUSpartans.com for any changes to this schedule, and for any news from upcoming matches.

2009 Spring Results/Schedule
San Jose State 2, Cal State Stanislaus 2 (3/14)
Friday, April 3: San Jose State at University of San Francisco, Negoesco Stadium, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 5: San Jose State at Cal Poly, Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11: San Jose State vs. Santa Clara University, Spartan Field, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 11: San Jose State vs. Sonoma State University, Spartan Field, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: San Jose State vs. University of California, Saint Mary’s Stadium, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: San Jose State at Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Stadium, 3:15 p.m.