San Jose, Calif. - Oscar Yniguez, a product of Redwood City, Calif., provided a goal and two assists as San Jose State University cruised to a 6-1 victory over Cal State East Bay in exhibition men’s soccer action at Spartan Stadium on Thursday night, September 4.
The game served as the second and final exhibition match on the 2008 San Jose State schedule. The Spartans, who had previously blanked UC Santa Cruz in an exhibition contest on Friday, August 22, by the score of 5-0, have opened the regular season at an undefeated 1-0-1. Cal State East Bay is an independent member of the NCAA Division III, and is located in Hayward, Calif. The Pioneers are off to a 1-1 start.
Yniguez, a 2008 graduate of Woodside High School, earned the start in central midfield and scored unassisted on a left-footed blast into the upper right corner from 25 yards out at the 33:10 mark to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead, before assisting on a pair of second-half strikes.
Ricky Dorrego, a San Jose native out of Lincoln High School, added two goals off the bench following the halftime interval.
The Spartans got on the scoreboard early as sophomore midfielder Josh Boemecke intercepted an awry Pioneer pass attempt in midfield and threaded a perfect diagonal through ball deep to the sprinting Robert Jackson down the left wing. Jackson took a couple of touches into the opposing penalty box to leave him one-on-one with senior goalkeeper Kristopher Hall, and struck a shot that found the back of the net with just 1:42 having elapsed.
The visitors held a 2-1 edge in shots following that goal until an effort wide right by redshirt freshman midfielder Justin Castro in the 29th minute. The Yniguez goal sent the teams into the break with a 2-0 scoreline. Cal State East Bay’s best opportunity to score in the period came in the 40th minute when junior forward Ante Jozinovic hit his free kick from the left off the crossbar.
In the second half, it was all San Jose State, as the Spartans scored three times within the first 12 minutes to put the game away. Dorrego notched his first of the night at 49:31. An Yniguez corner kick from the right found Ed Brand, whose headed shot was saved by Hall but deflected out to fellow senior center back Sam Shore. Shore put the rebound off the left post, but retrieved the ball once again and put a short pass across from the left to the waiting Dorrego in the middle to tap into the open net from close range.
Just over four minutes later, it was Cordova’s turn to find the scoresheet. Another set piece by Yniguez, this time a free kick from the left, started the play, as Castro got his head to it at the back post and flicked it back across the goal mouth for Cordova to put in. Yniguez and Castro were each credited with assists.
At 56:16, Dorrego headed in an Yniguez cross from the left at the far post for 5-0. In the 80th minute, Efrain Burgos, Jr., closed out the Spartan scoring with an unassisted strike from outside the penalty area that Hall got a hand to, but ultimately misjudged and was unable to keep out.
With only 1:55 left in the match, Cal State East Bay earned a penalty kick through a foul inside the penalty box, with senior defender Jordan Ferrell converting it to avoid the shutout.
San Jose State out-shot the Pioneers on the night, 26-8, led by a game-high five efforts by Castro, a San Jose product out of Archbishop Mitty High School. Dorrego added four shots. Jozinovic had a team-high three for the visitors.
Richard Mann, a San Jose native and fifth-year senior tri-captain, played all 90 minutes in goal and needed to make just two saves. Shore was the only other Spartan to play the entire match. Hall made five stops in the CSUEB net.
Newcomers in the San Jose State starting lineup included Boemecke, Yniguez and redshirt freshmen Jackson, Dan Addiego and Brent Young. Castro, Cordova and redshirt freshmen Sky Cutler, Boyah Kaar, Kachiside Madu and Aria Vossoughi also made appearances off the bench.
Brand started the game at his usual center back position alongside Shore, before making a rare appearance in central midfield to start the second half as Cutler partnered with Shore. He was replaced by Brian McGuire at 62:43 after the game was well in hand.
Dorrego has now found the scoring column four times in four games in 2008, with three over the two exhibitions and his first official collegiate goal coming against Stanford last Sunday, August 31. Jackson tallied single goals in each of the two exhibition matches.
San Jose State closes out a season-long five-match homestand with a key contest with area rival University of San Francisco (0-2) next Wednesday night, September 10. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
Cal State East Bay - 0 1 - 1
San Jose State - 2 4 - 6
SJSU - Robert Jackson (Josh Boemecke), 1:42
SJSU - Oscar Yniguez (unassisted), 33:10
SJSU - Ricky Dorrego (Sam Shore), 49:31
SJSU - Stephen Cordova (Justin Castro, Oscar Yniguez), 53:41
SJSU - Ricky Dorrego (Oscar Yniguez), 56:16
SJSU - Efrain Burgos, Jr. (unassisted), 79:44
CSUEB - Jordan Ferrell (penalty kick), 88:05
CSUEB - 8
SJSU - 26
CSUEB - 5 (Kristopher Hall-5)
SJSU - 2 (Richard Mann-2)
CSUEB - 5
SJSU - 12
CSUEB - 14
SJSU - 16