Late Goal Lifts Spartans 2-1 Over UC Santa Cruz

San Jose, Calif.-----San Jose State University newcomer Richard Wimsatt's goal from the top of the box in the 87th minute gave the Spartans a 2-1 win over UC Santa Cruz in a men's soccer exhibition match.

            The Spartans overcame a 1-0 deficit with a pair of second half scores. Josh Boemecke, third on the 2009 team with four goals, evened the match for San Jose State in the 49th minute with an assist from Roberto Casteneda.

            UC Santa Cruz took a 1-0 first-half lead when Matt Fondy converted a penalty kick at 25:00.

            "We looked rusty; we played rusty. This was not a very good performance," said San Jose State head coach Gary St.Clair.

            "We have a lot of good players. We have to get those players fit and we also have to get them healthy. And at the end of the day, I think we can be a pretty good team."

            San Jose State used three goalkeepers. Newcomer Rene Martinez, the Spartans' final goalkeeper of the match and a transfer from City College of San Francisco, was credited with two saves. Neither starting goalkeeper Jonathan Lester nor number-two goalie Doug Highton was credited with a save.

            UC Santa Cruz goalkeeper Brian Lafaille, the Banana Slugs' second player in the net, made two saves, but could not stop Wimsatt's shot that became the game-winner.

            San Jose State opens regular-season play, Wednesday, September 1, hosting UC Riverside in a non-conference match in Spartan Stadium at 7:00 p.m.