Men's soccer downed by No. 10 USF, 2-0

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team lost 2-0 to #10 USF on Sunday, September 3 in Spartan Stadium.

The Dons got on the board early in the match, when their first corner kick opportunity ended in net off the head of a Spartan player.

Aside from the own goal, the Spartans, led by sophomore defender Ed Brand who returned after missing the game against Saint Mary’s, held the nationally ranked Dons to just four shots in the first half.

“We knew it was going to be a tough match,” said Brand. “We can take a lot of positives from this match. They (USF) are very good, and we limited them to just a few scoring chances.”

San Jose State ended up playing the entire second half of the match, and 48:41 of the match a man down after freshman Eric Cross was issued a red card at the 41:19 mark of the first half.

“I can’t say enough about the effort of our guys,” said head coach Gary St. Clair after the match. “Being down a man hurt us, but we played with a lot of confidence. The Dons are very experienced, and they took it to us a bit in the second half.”

The Dons capitalized on their scoring chance in the second half, when Conor Chinn scored on a rebound shot off of Richard Mann. Jordan Keyes’ initial shot was saved by Mann, and Chinn followed with his shot into the empty net. Both Keyes and Aaron Chandler were credited with assists on the play.

Mann made two saves in the match, while Dons’ goalkeeper Geremy Uhl made one stop while picking up his third consecutive shut-out of the season.

The Dons outshot the Spartans 15-9 in the match, including 11-3 in the second half.

San Jose State will next travel to play Stanford on Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco - 1 1 - 2
San Jose State - 0 0 - 0

USF - Own goal, 14:12
USF - Conor Chinn (Jordan Keyes, Aaron Chandler), 62:56

USF - 15
SJSU - 9

Goalkeeper Saves
USF - 1 (Geremy Uhl-1)
SJSU - 2 (Richard Mann-2)

Corner Kicks
USF - 5
SJSU - 2

USF - 9
SJSU - 12