San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team lost 2-0 to #17 California on Sunday, September 10, at Spartan Stadium in the final match of the Stanford Nike Invitational Tournament.
Cal got on the board nearly midway through the first half of action, when senior defender and San Jose native Steve Purdy scored on a shot from the right of the penalty box at the 21:14 mark. Jeff Serafini gave Purdy an assist on the play. A Golden Bear corner kick was cleared by the Spartans, but the ball fell to Serafini outside the penalty area on the left side. Serafini's hard kick toward the Spartan goal made it's way to the right side of the box, with Purdy there to punch it home.
Purdy scored his second goal of the match at 33:47 on a perfectly-placed free kick from the right side into the left netting of the goal.
The Golden Bears outshot the Spartans, 22-8, in the contest, including 11-4 in each half. Midfielder Diego Soto led the Spartans with three shots.
"We were not at our best tonight. It was an inconsistent performance, and you can't be that at this level, or good teams will punish you," said head coach Gary St. Clair.
"We got a little bit older and a little more experienced," added St. Clair, about a weekend which also saw the Spartans win 2-1 at another area rival, Stanford, on Friday.
The loss dropped San Jose State to 2-3 on the season, while the Golden Bears improved to 3-2-1. Both teams had won their opening games of the Nike Invitational on Friday, September 8, with SJSU overcoming a 1-0 deficit late to top Stanford, and Cal blanking Cal State Fullerton, 1-0.
San Jose State will host Notre Dame de Namur at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m.
California (3-2-1) - 2 0 - 2
San Jose State (2-3) - 0 0 - 0
CAL - Steve Purdy (Jeff Serafini), 21:14
CAL - Steve Purdy (unassisted), 33:47
CAL - 22
SJSU - 8
CAL - 4 (Stefan Frei-4)
SJSU - 5 (Richard Mann-5)
CAL - 6
SJSU - 2
CAL - 15
SJSU - 20