San Jose, Calif. - A goal in the fifth minute and anotherlate in the second half were all the San Jose State Spartans would need in a2-0 exhibition win over the Otters of Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) onWednesday night in Spartan Stadium.
"From my stand point we played a very inconsistent game,"head coach Gary St. Clair said. "We gavethem life when they didn't have any. I'mjust happy this game is over."
The Spartans played a spirited first 20 minutes and outshot CSUMB 4-to-2. They applied consistentpressure to the Otters defense. At the4:41 mark, center mid Roberto Casteneda played a ball down the right sidelineto forward Nick Cashmere. Cashmere beata defender and tucked the ball low to the near post to give San Jose State a1-0 lead.
For the remainder of the first half and well into thesecond half, Cal State Monterey Bay took advantage of the Spartans inconsistentplay. Their best chance to score came inthe 55th minute. A deflectionoff a free kick, just outside of the penalty box, came to Beau Villanueva 15-yardsout. He turned and fired a shot pointblank that Spartans' keeper Doug Highton smothered. Highton would finish the night with a cleansheet and six saves.
In the 80th minute, Jose "Pepe" Cortez wastaken down just inside the left edge of the penalty box. On the ensuing penalty kick Cortez hammered ashot to the left of Otters keeper Sam Campanelli for a 2-0 San Jose State lead.
"I'm excited about the goal," Cortez said. "It has been over a year since I scored. Even though this is an exhibition, it is goodto get my first goal at this level. Iwas lining up the kick and one of their guys came up to me and said 'You'regoing to miss'. I told him 'Naw, I'mgoing to put it in the left corner' and I did."
With this match, San Jose State has wrapped up the exhibitionportion of its schedule. The Spartansreturn to regular season action on Sunday, September 4 when they travel toMoraga, Calif., for a non-conference showdown with Saint Mary's College. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.