Men's Soccer Takes Exhibition Opener

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team gave up early goals in each half, but finished both strong and defeated the Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) Pioneers 4-2 in an exhibition match in Spartan Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Spartans were outshot 6-to-4 in the first 45 minutes, fought back in the second taking 15 shots to the Pioneers three and outscored their opponent 2-1 in each half.

Down 1-0 just over four minutes in, the Spartans' Jonathan Salceda took a throughball from Enrique Montano and flicked a shot over the oncoming keeper to even the match 1-1 at the 8:12 mark.

Just before the half San Jose State struck again.  Salceda got a pass from Frankie Beauchamp and drove down the left side.  Short of the end line, he played the ball into the box where Tom Barnes tapped it in at the far post for a 2-1 Spartans lead with 1:11 to go before intermission.

The Pioneers picked up the equalizer, an unassisted goal barely two minutes into the second half, to make the score 2-2.

Then San Jose State started forcing its will on CSUEB.  In the 52nd minute, Israel Ayala took a rebound in the box and fed it to Garret Foster who beat the keeper from six yards out for a 3-2 Spartans lead.

At the 67:17 mark, Kyler McLaughlin picked up a deflected shot and blasted it into the net from the top of the 18 for what would be the final goal of the night.

Spartan keeper Manny Espinosa played the entire match making two saves on four Pioneers shots on goal.  CSUEB used two keepers, each giving up two goals.

"At the half, we talked about putting pressure on the ball," said St. Clair, "and things we weren't doing well.  I thought we got much better in the second half.  The guys we brought in from the bench did a tremendous job.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the lift they gave us.

"It's an old cliché that "this is a work in progress", but this is one.  We're really in an introducing ourselves to each other phase right now.  We have 19 changes from just a year ago.

"We were please with the distribution of goal and from some unexpected places, as well.  I was very pleased with the second half production, but we have so much to work on.  We'll get back to the training field tomorrow and try to sort things out and put together s game that is more disciplined and prepared to play." 

The Spartans next opponent is the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs.  The teams face off in an exhibition match on Sunday, August 19.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.