San Luis Obispo, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team traveled south and produced a comprehensive 4-1 victory over 2008 NCAA Championship participant Cal Poly in a spring season match at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Sunday, April 5.
The two teams played to a thrilling 2-2 draw inside Spartan Stadium last September, and will face off at Alex G. Spanos Stadium this fall. That meeting will mark the Spartans’ first appearance at the renovated facility that housed the third-largest national average in men’s soccer attendance a year ago at 2,839 fans per game. Cal Poly went on in 2008 to earn its first post-season berth since 1995, defeating UCLA, 1-0, to advance to the second round.
“USF was a (NCAA) tournament team a year ago, as was Cal Poly,” said San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair about the Spartans’ two spring dates this past weekend. “It was most important for us to go there (to Cal Poly) and get a chance to play in their new stadium, because we will have to do so this fall. I thought it was a very good performance by us over two games against two very tough opponents in three days.”
San Jose State had tied at USF, 2-2, on Friday evening, April 3.
At Cal Poly, the Spartans began the first of two regulation 45-minute halves with Tyler Newman in goal, and the same backline for the second match in a row of Dan Addiego, Nick Murphy, Oscar Monjaras and Eric Angell from right to left. The midfield saw a trio of changes from San Jose State’s first two spring contests, with Mauricio Murillo, Jr., Steven Sanchez and Oscar Yniguez taking over for Justin Castro, Ricky Dorrego and Brian McGuire. Sanchez started on the right wing for Dorrego, who was nursing shin splints, but did see action in the game.
The midfield was rounded out by Nick Cukar on the left flank and Josh Boemecke as a holding player. Colby Moore remained as the striker in the Spartans’ 4-5-1 alignment.
Bobby Jackson opened the scoring in approximately the 35th minute, with Yniguez assisting, as the Spartans took a 1-0 advantage into the intermission.
Cal Poly equalized around the 65-minute mark, but the deadlock lasted only a few short minutes, as Moore was brought down by the Mustang goalkeeper, and the match referee awarded a penalty kick for the Spartans. Monjaras stepped up from his defensive position and slotted the ball into the upper right corner for a 2-1 edge.
Another five minutes later, Yniguez unleashed a bullet from approximately 25 or 30 yards out that caught the upper corner for an incredible goal for the sophomore-to-be, and a 3-1 lead.
With less than five minutes to go in the contest, Moore capped the scoring off another assist from Yniguez, taking a pass from the right side and shooting toward the far post and in.
Newman, sophomore newcomer Jonathan Lester and Kyle Novak each once again played a 30-minute segment in the San Jose State goal.
This Saturday, April 11, San Jose State plays 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 11:00 a.m. (two 35-minute halves), and the Seawolves at approximately 2:00 p.m. (two 40-minute halves), in shortened games. In between, Santa Clara will take on Sonoma State (format to be determined) at around 12:30 p.m.
Admission to these contests at Spartan Field is free of charge. Spartan Field is located at the corner of Alma and 10th streets on South Campus, across from Spartan Stadium.
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.
Please check back at SJSUSpartans.com for any changes or additions to the spring schedule, and for all the news from the remaining matches.
2009 Spring Results/Schedule
at San Jose State 2, Cal State Stanislaus 2 (3/14)
San Jose State 2, at University of San Francisco 2 (4/3)
San Jose State 4, at Cal Poly 1 (4/5)
Saturday, April 11: San Jose State vs. Santa Clara University, Spartan Field, 11:00 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.