Men's Soccer Loses in Shootout After Four Overtime Periods

FRESNO, Calif.—After completing regulation time in a scoreless tie and playing through four overtime periods, the San Jose State University men’s soccer team lost to Fresno State, 3-2, in a shootout in the semifinal round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno on Friday night. The loss ends the Spartans hopes of winning the team’s second consecutive MPSF championship title.

The teams played a very defensive match behind solid goalkeeping through 150 minutes before the winner was decided in a shootout. The Spartans hit their first two shots from senior defender Gonzalo Guerra and senior midfielder Lars Lyssand to take a quick 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs missed their first shot from Justin Sorsabal, but Kupono Low made the second shot off the Spartans’ junior goalkeeper Daniel Benton.

Needing just one more shootout goal to move on to the championship round, the Spartan junior midfielder Fausto Villegas sent his shot wide right to give the Bulldogs another shot at tying the shootout. The Bulldogs’ Blake Perry missed the next shot and the Spartans’ junior defender Artin Rodriguez was unable to convert his shot.

The Bulldogs Nick Garcia tied the shootout with his shot to tie it at 2-2. With an opportunity to win the match, the Spartans’ junior forward Daniel Castillo’s shot hit the post and was no good. The Bulldogs’ leading scorer, Noah Delgado, made the next shot to end the match and send the Bulldogs to the championship match played this Sunday.

The Spartans will return to San Jose to end the team’s season with two final matches next week. The Spartans will travel to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos in a rescheduled match on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. San Jose State will finish its season and honor the team’s seniors in the last home game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs will face the New Mexico Lobos who won the tournament’s earlier match against UNLV, 3-0, in the championship game Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Fresno State............0 0 0 0 0 0 3
San Jose State.........0 0 0 0 0 0 2

SJSU—Gonzalo Guerra, shootout goal, 150:00
SJSU—Lars Lyssand, shootout goal, 150:00
FS—Kupono Low, shootout goal, 150:00
FS—Nick Garcia, shootout goal, 150:00
FS—Noah Delgado, shootout goal, 150:00

FS—22 (8 SOG)
SJSU—29 (12 SOG)

FS—10 (Jeremy Proud)
SJSU—5 (Daniel Benton)