San Jose, Calif. - Despite outshooting Cleveland State, 15-to-12, the San Jose State men's soccer team could not take advantage of their opportunities to score and were shutout, 2-0, Friday night in Spartan Stadium.
The loss leaves San Jose State with a 1-1-1 record, while Cleveland State improves to 2-1-0.
"I'm happy with what we did between the boxes," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "Obviously we are disappointed with the result. They finished their chances and we did not."
Steve Sanchez who led the Spartans with three shots, two of which were on frame, had a golden opportunity to put San Jose State up early. Dylan Murphy played a beautiful pass from 35 yards out to just inside the penalty area. Sanchez took the ball, and from point blank range shot low to his right. Vikings keeper Brad Stuver smothered the shot, making one of his four saves on the night.
In the 30th minute Cleveland State broke through. Cazz Warren drove the ball down the left sideline and centered it to Aaron Adkins. Adkins took it at the top of the six and popped it over keeper Jonathan Lester for a 1-0 lead.
The teams went to the half with the Spartans holding a 4-to-2 lead in shots.
In the second half the teams opened up offensively, with the Spartans having several chances to score. Perhaps, the best came at the 66:07 mark. Mauricio Murrillo, Jr. took a cross from the opposite side of the penalty area. His shot was just left of the goal. Six minutes later, a header from Dan Addiego on the doorstep as well, was turned away by Stuver.
The Vikings put the game away with a second goal at the 76:24 mark. Aslinn Rodas picked up a loose ball at the top of the 18, drew the defense and fed Jordan Hart who tucked in to the near post for what would eventually be the final margin, 2-0.
"This team has a real hunger to win and scoring goals is a part of that," St. Clair said. "It's frustrating to miss on opportunities, but that is the nature of the game. We have to put this behind us and concentrateon our next match."
The San Jose State returns to action on Sunday, September 11, in Spartan Stadium. They host the Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha with kickoff scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The Mavericks lost, 3-0, to Santa Clara on Friday.