Davidson, N.C. In the 101st minute of a double-overtime game, freshman Efrain Burgos, Jr., scored his first collegiate goal to lead San Jose State to a 3-2 win over the Davidson Wildcats on the final day of the Davidson adidas Classic. The win improves the Spartans’ record to 2-0 on the season while the Wildcats fall to 0-2.
Just under two minutes into the second overtime, senior Ismael Ibarra raced down the left side, split a pair of Wildcat defenders and fired a shot that Davidson's Ben Ashton was unable to corral. Burgos tracked down the rebound and scored to earn the win for San Jose State.
The Spartans took an early lead in the game, scoring twice in the first half. Sophomore Nick Cukar scored his second goal of the season on a mishandled corner kick in the 30th minute of play.
Just three minutes later, Ibarra scored his first goal of 2007. The senior caught Ashton off his line and blasted a shot from just shy of midfield over the head of the Wildcats’ goalkeeper to extend the Spartans’ lead to 2-0.
The Wildcats trailed by two at the half, but came out fighting. At the 50th minute, Robby Hoak cut the Spartans’ lead in half with an assist from Tom Lavan. Lavan crossed the ball from the far right side to a sliding Hoak for the goal.
Hoak picked up an assist in the game on the game-tying goal by Liam Bracken. Hoak played a long pass from the left side to a streaking Lavan, who one-touched the ball back to Bracken for the score.
The game went into two overtime periods before Burgos notched his first collegiate goal to give the Spartans’ their second consecutive win.
“The point of this trip was to play tough competition outside of our region, and we did that,” said head coach Gary St. Clair. “We are coming home with two wins in three days. I wasn’t pleased with the two goals we gave up, but it shows us where we need to be.”
San Jose State will be back in action on Sunday, September 9 against the University of San Francisco. The game is slated for 7:00 p.m. in San Francisco.