San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team gave up two second half goals and fell to the University of San Francisco Dons 2-0 in the Spartans' regular season opener on Sunday night in Spartan Stadium.
The loss leaves San Jose State's record at 0-1-0, while the Dons improve to 1-1-0.
"We were able to play at a very high level for quite a bit of time," said head coach Gary St. Clair. "Our possession was very good. We were able to build up in the first two thirds of the field. Our problem was in the last third and in the middle of the park. We were able to get the ball wide, almost at will. We were able to carry the ball up field, almost at will. But our approach play and our play in the box weren't there. We weren't finding our strikers in those situations."
In the first 45 minutes USF outshot the Spartans 5-to-2. San Jose State's best chance to score, in the half, came at the 7:57 mark when Jasper Pipe ripped a shot that the Dons Brendan Roslund saved on his way to a clean sheet. Two of USF's five shots were on frame, but were turned away by Michael Schwinn, who along with seven other Spartans made their major college debuts on the night.
After going to the locker rooms tied 0-0, San Francisco got on the board in the 57th minute. Sixto Porras headed a cross from Taylor Krueger to the far post for a 1-0 lead and what would prove to be the game winner.
Off a corner kick at the 84:58 mark, Porras picked up a loose ball in the box and headed it home for his second goal of the night and a 2-0 lead.
For the match the Dons outshot the San Jose State 12-to-6, including 6-to-2 in shots on goal. Enrique Montano, in the 51stminute, had the Spartans only other shot on goal.
Roslund earned the win with two saves; Schwinn took the loss making four stops.
"I thought we played extremely well at times and deserved more than what this score reflects," St. Clair said. (San Francisco) is a disciplined team and very hard team. You have to find ways to win in situations like this. We just couldn't break through in the middle of the park.
"We'll get back to training and continue to improve. This is a good team. What we try to do is much more difficult than a team that just tries to disrupt things. We try to create things, a style and an identity. I think, while we didn't get the result tonight, we made strides in that direction."
The Spartans next home game is Sunday, September 2 against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Kickoff in Spartan Stadium is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.