Davidson, N.C. The San Jose State University men’s soccer team opened the 2007 regular season with a 2-1 win over the 49ers of Charlotte. Sophomores Colby Moore and Nick Cukar both notched unassisted goals in the game to lead the Spartans to their first victory of the season at the Davidson adidas Classic in Davidson, N.C.
“I’m very pleased with how we played,” said head coach Gary St. Clair. “The team worked incredibly hard out there. It’s like a sauna here and it’s not something we’re used to, but the guys did really well.”
Moore scored the first goal of the game at the 29:05 mark of the first half. The forward tracked down a misplay by Charlotte’s goalkeeper, Tim Seibert, and scored on a wide open goal from 10-yards out.
San Jose State extended the lead to 2-0 in the second half on an unassisted goal by Cukar. Collecting the ball off a 49er defender, Cukar roped a ball from 40-yards out and caught the bottom edge of the crossbar, deflecting the ball into the back of the net.
Charlotte cut the lead in half on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box by Luke Exley at the 52:35 mark. The ball sailed over the wall of Spartans and found its way into the net to end the game with a 2-1 score.
The 49ers nearly tied the game in the 60th minute with a shot by Chris Salvaggione that hit the bottom of the crossbar. The shot bounced out and was cleared by a Spartan defender to end the threat.
Richard Mann was in goal for San Jose State. The junior co-captain made seven saves on the day. The 49ers took a total of 20 shots in the game while the Spartans took 10. Efrain Burgos, Jr., took four shots for the Spartans, the most on the team.
The Spartans will be back on the field on Sunday, Sept. 2 to take on the hosting Davidson Wildcats. The match will begin at 12:00 p.m. (EST).