San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men’s soccer team used two penalty kick goals by sophomore defender Ed Brand to defeat Notre Dame de Namur on Saturday, September 16, in Spartan Stadium, 2-1.
Brand gave the Spartans an early lead nearly 10 minutes into the match, when a handball call was made inside the Argonaut penalty box at the 9:42 mark. Brand buried his attempt into the upper right corner of the net. San Jose State took a 1-0 lead into the half.
A second half that nearly lasted an hour saw many whistles and cautions, as four yellow cards and two red cards were handed out in the last 36 minutes of the match alone. San Jose State played a man down from the 54:49 mark, when junior forward Julio Gonzalez was given an ejection when he collided with the Argos’ goalkeeper, Nico Arellano.
ANOTHER HANDBALL LEADS TO SECOND SPARTAN GOAL
The Argonauts committed their second handball in the penalty box less than a minute later at the 55:48 mark, culminating in Brand scoring his second goal of the season, and third career goal, all from the penalty spot.
"I took penalty kicks one year during my time at Chelsea (in their youth system), and I took one last year at Air Force," said Brand. "I enjoy doing it because I get a chance to score."
Notre Dame de Namur fought back to cut the deficit in half, when Anton Del Rosario hit a perfect cross from the right, which landed on the foot of Robert Morini, who one-timed the ball to the foot of Eric Michon, who finished the nice play with his third goal of the season.
SAN JOSE STATE RECORD NOW EVEN AT 3-3
The Spartans hung on to even their record at 3-3 overall, dropping the Argos to 2-2-2. San Jose State outshot NDNU, 19-9, in the match, including a dominating 9-2 in the first half. Hiroki Akiyama led the Spartans in shots with six.
Redshirt sophomore Richard Mann needed to make one save to preserve the victory in net. Arellano finished with four stops for the visitors.
"We're pleased to get the win," added Brand. "These games are always difficult, in between a game against Cal and a game against Santa Clara, which are both nationally-ranked teams. It was a hard game, especially under the circumstances, being down to 10 men for over half an hour, so we're delighted with the result. But we've got bigger things ahead."
Remarked head coach Gary St. Clair, "This was a very tough game. It falls between a big weekend last week against Stanford and Cal, and before Santa Clara, and this is always a difficult opponent for us to play. We played well, but our inexperience showed a little bit at the end. These games are always intense, especially when you give your opponent some hope, which is what we did went we went down to 10 men. That lifts the other team considerably, and we still had 35 minutes left in the game. But we got the win, and now we move on to Santa Clara. That is where our focus is.
"RIVALRY SERIES" MATCH-UP AT SANTA CLARA AHEAD ON FRIDAY
San Jose State will next play its annual "Rivalry Series" game with sixth-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara on Friday, September 22. Kick-off at Buck Shaw Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m. The game will mark the start of a season long five-game road stretch for the Spartans.
Concluded Brand, "Santa Clara is ranked sixth. This will be a big test for us, but it is nothing that we are frightened of. We won at (then-second-ranked) New Mexico last season, who was also ranked in the top 10. We can beat anyone we play."
"The game is absolutely huge," added St. Clair. "It is one of the games that you circle on the schedule. Our players won't have trouble getting ready to play this game."
Notre Dame de Namur (2-2-2) - 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (3-3) - 1 1 - 2
SJSU - Ed Brand (penalty kick), 9:42
SJSU - Ed Brand (penalty kick), 55:48
NDNU - Eric Michon (Robert Morini, Anton Del Rosario), 80:42
NDNU - 9
SJSU - 19
NDNU - 4 (Nico Arellano-4)
SJSU - 1 (Richard Mann-1)
NDNU - 3
SJSU - 5
NDNU - 21
SJSU - 15