Lyssand Scores Again in Men's Soccer Overtime Loss to Santa Clara

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The San Jose State University men’s soccer team lost, 2-1, in the teams fourth overtime match of the season against the Santa Clara Univeristy in a rescheduled match at Buck Shaw Stadium Wednesday night. The game was originally scheduled for Sep. 12, but was postponed mutually by both school’s athletic departments.

The Broncos’ senior Forward Anthony Chimienti scored the game winner unassisted in the 98th minute to give the Broncos the win. Sophomore midfielder Kellen Gilmore was credited with the assist.

The teams played a defensive and scoreless first half that yielded only eight shots and three shots-on-goal. The Spartans junior goalkeeper Daniel Benton recorded one save while the Broncos’ Steve Cronin saved two solid Spartan shots. The Spartans’ leading scorer, senior midfielder Lars Lyssand, was held to just two shots and with one on goal.

Benton pulled in a Bronco shot with less than three minutes remaining, when on the ensuing Spartan drive Lyssand scored his 13th goal of the season and the first goal of the game. Lyssand was able to win the ball from a defender and sent a shot towards the Broncos goalkeeper who tipped it sending the ball offline, but not far enough as the ball trickled into the near corner of the goal to give the Spartans a 1-1 edge with 2:25 left on the clock.

The Spartans were unable to hold the lead with 35 seconds on the clock and the Spartans trying to kill the clock, the Broncos’ junior defender Stephen Biondolillo fed the ball to freshman midfielder Zach Knight who was able to send the shot past Benton to tie the game and send it to the team’s fourth overtime game of the season.

The win gives the Broncos a 10-8-0 record overall as the Spartans drop to 9-7-0 overall. The Spartans will finish their season by honoring the team’s seniors before hosting the Gonzaga University Bulldogs this Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Spartans practice fields. The game was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but was rescheduled earlier on Wednesday.