Aug 21, 2013
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State men's soccer team outshot the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 11-to-5 and scored two second half goals to earn a 2-1 exhibition victory on Wednesday night in Spartan Stadium.
San José State got the first tally of the contest early in the second half, after the teams played the first 45 minutes to a 0-0 tie. At the 46:31 mark Mendez broke into the penalty area and blasted a shot from the right side. UCSC keeper David Vivian made the stop, but couldn't control the ball. It trickled away toward the far post where Kyler McLaughlin picked it up and tucked it into the open goal for a 1-0 advantage.
Mendez got what would turn out to be the game winner in the 65th minute. He got a free ball in the penalty area and attacked to the right. This time he found the back of the net for a 2-0 Spartans lead.
The score remained the same until the 86:23 mark. UCSC's Jaden Mustacchio was pulled down in the penalty area and was awarded a penalty kick. He shot to the left while Spartan keeper Felix Petermann went to the right and cut the lead to 2-1, which would be the final score.
Four players each had two shots for the Spartans (Andy Kelly, Frankie Beauchamp, McLaughlin and Mendez). Both of McLaughlin and Mendez's attempts were on frame. The Banana Slugs had five players with a shot apiece.
San José State plays their final exhibition match of the year on Saturday, August 24 at California. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. The team then opens regular season play on August 30 in Spartan Stadium against Sacramento State. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.