San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team blanked 2006 NCAA Division I national champion UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, during its third competition date of the 2008 spring season at Spartan Field on Saturday afternoon, April 5.
The Spartans kicked off a three-team mini-tournament with the 3-0 defeat of the visiting Gauchos, while also shutting out San Jose Frogs F.C. of the USL Premier Development League, 1-0, in their second game. In between, UCSB played the Frogs to a scoreless draw. The shortened games featured a pair of 30-minute periods.
San Jose State got an early goal against UC Santa Barbara to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission. Brent Young, who redshirted as a true freshman during the 2007 season, took what appeared to be a right-footed cross from his starting position on the left flank, which found its way into the upper corner of the Gaucho goal on the far post for the game’s first score.
Ed Brand, a junior team co-captain in 2007, made it 2-0 early in the second half, getting hold of a ball that was bouncing around in the UCSB penalty box and putting it away on a set piece play that was started by Efrain Burgos, Jr. Hiroki Akiyama, who will be a senior in the 2008 season, determined the final score on a similar play.
Tyler Newman, like Young a freshman who redshirted the 2007 season, played the entire 60 minutes in the Spartan goal, earning the shutout while saving a penalty kick during the first half.
UC Santa Barbara, out of the Big West Conference, earned its sixth straight NCAA Championship berth in 2007, a run that included the 2006 national title with a record of 17-7-1.
San Jose State’s game two opponent, San Jose Frogs F.C., featured a number of former Spartan standouts who played under head coach Gary St. Clair, who will be in his 19th season in charge of his alma mater in 2008. Those players included Isaias “Chi” Bardales, Jr., Nelson Diaz, Dan Oka, Diego Soto and Savio Carrijo.
Richard Mann picked up the shutout in goal, the senior-to-be playing the full 60 minutes. The lone goal came from sophomore-to-be Ricky Dorrego. Both players are San Jose natives, with Mann a graduate of Leland High School and Dorrego a former star at Lincoln High School.
On the goal, Dorrego ran into the penalty box on a ball in front of the net, and stuck it away, with the assist going to Robert Jackson, who redshirted in 2007.
“These were good matches and good tests for us,” said San Jose State assistant coach Chris Behler. “Our younger players are really starting to display some good soccer. They are learning a lot during their first chances to play, and we are showing that we can play with teams, which is great for building toward the fall. It gives these guys a lot of confidence going into the rest of the year, if we can keep getting results like this in the spring. The biggest thing is just getting these guys some experience.”
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, and dropped a narrow, 1-0 decision at the University of San Francisco on Friday, March 7.
San Jose State resumed training on Tuesday, April 2, after taking a week off for Spring Break.
The Spartans will take part in a second and final mini-tournament for the spring at home with Cal Poly and Cal State Bakersfield this Saturday, April 12. San Jose State will take on Cal State Bakersfield beginning at 12:40 p.m., and Cal Poly at 4:00 p.m. In between, the Mustangs and Roadrunners will face each other at 2:20 p.m. All three games will be played at Spartan Field, and feature two 30-minute halves. The tournament is open to the general public. Admission is free of charge.
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)
San Jose State 3, UC Santa Barbara 0 (4/5)
San Jose State 1, San Jose Frogs F.C. 0 (4/5)
Saturday, April 12: San Jose State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, Spartan Field, 12:40 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: San Jose State vs. Cal Poly, Spartan Field, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19: San Jose State vs. University of California, Merritt College, 12:00 p.m.