The Cukar Corner: 2009 Men's Soccer Blog 4

Nick Cukar is a fourth-year senior on the 2009 San Jose State University men's soccer team. He is a local product out of Millbrae, Calif., and Capuchino High School. The Spartan co-captain and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate has struck for 17 goals in his career from his left outside midfield spot, with an incredible 10 of them game-winners. The 2008 second-team all-region and first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection is the leading returning goal-scorer in the conference. Nick is a kinesiology major.

San Jose State travels south by bus on Thursday afternoon, September 10, for matches at LMU the following evening and at UC Riverside on Sunday. The team returns to Spartan Stadium next Wednesday, September 16, against Notre Dame de Namur. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Individual game tickets for Spartan Soccer are on sale. Prices are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth aged 12 and under, and $1.00 for youth in soccer jerseys. San Jose State students can attend all matches free of charge with a valid Tower ID card. Groups of 20 or more receive a discounted rate. Gates open one hour prior to the start of each match.

Blog Entry #4 (Wednesday, September 9)
Sweet Revenge and a Bump in the Road

Hi, everyone, and welcome back! Since my last blog, the team has gone through some highs and lows.

Last Tuesday, we beat UC Davis, 4-1. The result really showed how much we wanted to get those guys back after losing to them last year, 2-0. Even though they scored the first goal, we did a great job of coming back and finding a way to win, and win big. I give credit to everyone for not giving up and being determined to win the game. A special congrats to my co-captain, Oscar (Monjaras), for calmly netting his first (collegiate) goal from the penalty spot. Well done, Fishy!

I want to thank everyone who made it out to the game. It was very nice to have the numbers in the stands, as we always love to play in front of a big crowd. Please keep coming out and supporting us!

The following night, we had the Soccer Kick-Off Night at the Silicon Valley Capital Club, which was yet another success! We left Thursday afternoon for our first of many road trips this year, this one to Oregon State. Everyone traveled this trip, so for many, this was very new, and an experience for everyone to get accustomed to as we travel a lot this year. Our game against Oregon State didn't go as well as we would have liked, as we lost, 3-1. We had many chances to grab the lead, as well as tie, but things just didn't go our way at all. We did not establish our game as we did against UC Davis, which led to our fall in the game.

Afterward, we had to remind ourselves that we cannot win every single game we play this year, but when we do lose, we need to find a way to rebound from that, and put out a better effort the next time out. Our next game was against Houston Baptist. The weather was not the greatest, as we had a few-minute rain delay in our warm-up. After that, the rain held up and the game began. Once again, it did not go as planned. We lost, 1-0, as they got a goal with five minutes left. We did score a great goal, coming from Josh (Boemecke). However, for some reason, he was called offsides. Once again, we were left asking ourselves what we need to do to get the results we want. The answer that we all came up with together was heart and determination. We needed to outwork our opponents, as we did against UC Davis. We did not show this over the weekend, and it is what we decided to work on this week in practice. To some success, we were able to prepare ourselves for this weekend, for two tough matches against LMU and UC Riverside. I hope all of you can keep an eye on us, as we are looking to rebound from this past weekend and come home with a winning record.

Take care, Spartan fans, and GO SPARTANS!!!

-Nick

2009 San Jose State Men's Soccer Blog Entries

August 15 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain

August 25 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain

August 30 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain

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