Men's Soccer Ends Conference Play with a Loss Against Denver

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SAN JOSE, Calif.—Two late goals by the University of Denver dashed the San Jose State University men’s soccer team’s hope to finish conference play in sole possession of third place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Denver goals gave the Pioneers a 3-2 win over San Jose State Sunday, Nov. 4 at Spartan Stadium.

With the Spartans ahead, 2-1, Denver rallied behind senior midfielder Michael Piserchio who ended the match with one goal and two assists. In the 82nd minute, Piserchio crossed the ball to senior defender Scott Dixon, who was able to head the ball beyond the reach of the Spartan goalkeep to tie the match. Less than two minutes later, Piserchio set up senior defender Eric VanDeman for the game-winning goal and put the Pioneers ahead, 3-2.

The Pioneers took an early lead when Piserchio scored the first goal of the game only 1:27 into the match, but the Spartans were able to tie the game on an indirect free kick. Senior defender Gonzalo Guerra tapped the ball to freshman forward Frank Mata teeing up the ball for senior midfielder Lars Lyssand who drilled it past the diving Pioneer goalkeeper for his 12th goal of the season.

The score remained 1-1 for most of the match until the Spartans’ junior midfielder Tony Chang was able to race down the field on a breakaway to score his first goal of the season. The Spartans led for the next seven minutes, but were unable to recover from the one goal deficit.

The win puts Denver, 10-5-3 overall and 4-3-0 in the MPSF, in a temporary three-way tie for second in the MPSF standings with San Diego State and Sacramento State who face off Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Sacramento.

With the loss today and an earlier win by UNLV, the Spartans, 8-6-3 overall and 2-2-3 in the MPSF, will finish conference play in sixth place. The Spartans and the Rebels ended conference play in a tie, but since the Rebels won the match between the teams they receive the higher seeding.

The MPSF Championship will be determined by an eight-team postseason tournament at Fresno State University’s Bulldog Stadium, November 8-11. The tournament will be seeded from the final regular MPSF standings. The MPSF Championship match is 1:00pm, Sunday, November 11. For ticket information, call the Fresno State ticket office at 559.278.Dogs or