San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team tied South Bay rival Santa Clara University, 1-1, and routed Sonoma State University, 5-3, to win its own spring mini-tournament on goal differential at Spartan Field on Saturday, April 11.
With the two results, the Spartans improved to an unbeaten 2-0-3 this spring. In earlier games, San Jose State had tied Cal State Stanislaus and USF, each by the identical score of 2-2, and won 4-1 at Cal Poly.
“I would describe the first game against Santa Clara as a bit of a rough performance” said San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. “Santa Clara is a very difficult opponent to play against. I was very pleased with our shape and our structure defensively. We really gave them nothing for the most part. We created a number of chances, but did not finish. (We) played particularly well in the second half, and easily could have won the game, but overall, it was a good performance.
“The performance in the first half against Sonoma State was excellent. We played against a team that was a good attacking team. We gave them virtually nothing, kept tight (in the back), and then scored our first two or three goals on counters. We finished those very well. In the second half, I think Sonoma State gave in a little bit. We scored the (fourth and fifth) goals very quickly. Bobby (Jackson) scored two quick goals. And then it was kind of emptying the bench and playing a lot of different people in a lot of different positions. We played well.
“It was another good weekend for us, and we finish up (the spring season) this coming weekend against probably our most difficult opponent of all, which will be Cal. They are generally the standard by which the rest of us in the Bay Area measure ourselves. They have been the best team in the Bay Area, without question, the last couple of years, so it’s a good way to finish up.”
Against Santa Clara to begin Saturday’s mini-tournament, the Spartans had SMU transfer Jonathan Lester in goal, and the same backline for the third straight match of Dan Addiego, Nick Murphy, Oscar Monjaras and Eric Angell from right to left. The midfield consisted of Ricky Dorrego and Nick Cukar on the wings, and Brian McGuire, Justin Castro and Sky Cutler in the center. Brent Young started as the single striker in the Spartans’ 4-5-1 formation.
Lester played all 70 minutes in net, with the teams contesting two 35-minute periods. A slugfest of a first half ended 1-0 in favor of Santa Clara, with San Jose State producing the better of the offensive chances. Cukar was unable to convert on a couple of scoring opportunities.
The Spartan equalizer finally came in the second period, on a Bronco own goal. Josh Boemecke went to challenge for Colby Moore’s long throw-in, and the ball was headed by a Santa Clara player over his own goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
In the Sonoma State match, St. Clair sent out a starting 11 made up of Tyler Newman in goal, Addiego, Murphy, Monjaras and Addiego on defense, Dorrego, Boemecke, Castro, McGuire and Cukar in the middle, and Moore up top.
Within the first 10 minutes, the Spartans were already on the scoreboard, with Dorrego turning the ball in off an assist from the left wing. Later in the half, Moore got the ball in the penalty area, took a dribble past a Sonoma State defender, and ultimately knocked in his own rebound.
Stephen Cordova tallied his first goal of this spring season for a 3-0 advantage at the break.
Bobby Jackson capped the scoring with a pair of goals during the early portion of the second half. With the result out of doubt, the Seawolves were able to strike three times to account for the final two-goal margin at 5-3. The first Sonoma State goal came on a penalty kick.
Newman, who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, and Kyle Novak, who will be a redshirt freshman, played the entirety of the first and second 40-minute segments, respectively, in goal.
In between San Jose State’s two matches, Santa Clara topped Sonoma State, 1-0, on a late goal, with the Spartans thus coming out on top on the day with a plus-two goal differential.
San Jose State concludes its 2009 competition and training season this Saturday, April 18, in Moraga, Calif., The Spartans will take part in 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 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. in shortened matches that are expected to feature two 35-minute halves.
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)
at San Jose State 1, Santa Clara University 1
at San Jose State 5, Sonoma State University 3
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.