Stanford, Calif. – A goal by Gavin Wenyon with just eight seconds remaining gave the San Jose State University men’s soccer team a 2-1 victory at Stanford on Friday, September 8 in the first game of the Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament.
“This is a great victory for us,” said a smiling head coach Gary St. Clair, who watched his young, exuberant squad celebrate at midfield after the final horn. “It’s so fun to watch how these young kids improve each match."
FIRST CAREER GOAL IS BEST PRESENT
Wenyon’s first career goal came from outside the goal box. The Spartans moved the ball into the goal box with just twenty seconds remaining, only to have a Cardinal defender’s clearing attempt picked up the Spartans, and ultimately end on Wenyon’s foot.
“All I heard was the announcer counting down the final seconds, and I just fired,” said Wenyon, who celebrated his 21st birthday in style. “The goalie was centered, and I just made a good shot. It was very exciting, and it’s always fun to beat a team like Stanford on its home field.”
MOORE CLEANS UP
San Jose State nearly left Maloney Field with a defeat, as they trailed 1-0 for nearly 86 minutes, until freshman Colby Moore scored his first collegiate goal at the 85:05 mark. A cross from the right side ended up being played by several Cardinal and Spartan players inside the goal box, until Moore tapped his attempt past the goalkeeper to tie the match.
“It’s awesome; just a great feeling to score my first goal,” said Moore. “The ball just landed right on my foot, and I didn’t hit it really well. Luckily, it found its way in the net.”
After a scoreless first half in which there was only four shots, all by the Cardinal, Stanford took a 1-0 lead at the 48:06 mark when Evan Morgan tapped a cross attempt past Spartan goalkeeper Richard Mann.
“After we got down in the second half, I told the guys on our bench that there’s a very fine line between winning and losing,” said St. Clair. “We just had to get some more scoring chances to help our defense out, and fortunately we did that.”
Stanford outshot the Spartans 10-6 in the match. Diego Soto, who made his season debut for San Jose State, led the Spartans with two shots. Mann made three saves in net to pick his eleventh career win.
San Jose State will host California at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. It will be the Spartans final contest of the Nike Invitational Tournament.
“The guys’ confidence level seems to stay very level, no matter who we play” said St. Clair. “This win will definitely give us a boost going into the match with Cal. We look to win the tournament Sunday at Spartan Stadium.”
SJSU - 0 2 - 2
STANFORD - 0 1 - 1
STANFORD – Evan Moore (T.J. Novak); 48:06
SJSU – Colby Moore (unassisted); 85:05
SJSU – Gavin Wenyon (unassisted); 89:52
SJSU – 6
STANFORD - 10
SJSU - 3 (Richard Mann-3)
STANFORD - 2 (Brent Stewart-2)
SJSU - 4
STANFORD - 4
SJSU - 15
STANFORD - 22