San Jose, Calif. - Having suffered four consecutive narrow defeats during a season-long four-game road stretch, the San Jose State University men's soccer team got just what it needed upon its first return to its home venue since September 1. A comfortable victory.
San Jose State struck for three goals within a seven-minute span in the first half, and ultimately got scores from five different players in a 5-0 shutout effort over visiting Notre Dame de Namur University at Spartan Stadium on Wednesday night, September 16.
With its sixth straight regular-season home win dating back to late in 2008, San Jose State improves to 2-4. Notre Dame de Namur, of Belmont, Calif., and an NCAA Division II Championship participant in 2008, is left searching for its first win of the new campaign at 0-7.
Thirteen minutes into the contest, the Argos held a 2-0 shot advantage, but that changed seemingly in an instant. Fourth-year senior Colby Moore fired in a rebound into the right side of the net to open both the Spartans' scoring account for the night, and his for the season, on the team's first shot in the match at 13:24. Redshirt sophomore Dan Addiego had crossed from the left, with NDNU's freshman goalkeeper, Joseph Mora, reaching the ball just ahead of Spartan junior Ricky Dorrego, but unable to do anything more than parry it into Moore's path toward the right edge of the penalty box.
Just over two minutes later, a nice combination play by Addiego and fellow sophomore Oscar Yniguez put Dorrego through on goal. The San Jose native's shot was saved by Mora, but in the continuation of the sequence, a handball infraction was called against an Argo defender, earning the Spartans a spot-kick. Senior co-captain Oscar Monjaras put his shot on target for his second penalty-kick goal in as many home games in 2009.
Dorrego then finished a play that began with an Addiego throw-in from the right side, with a clever flick over Mora and into the left corner of the goal, at 20:15, for a commanding 3-0 advantage. Multiple NDNU defenders got touches on the ball in the penalty area, but were unable to clear it away, with Dorrego quickest to pounce for his first goal of the year.
The Spartans were not done for the first half. As the intermission neared at 41:29, their other senior co-captain, Nick Cukar, once again showed his class with a crisp finish from around the top of the penalty area. Josh Boemecke was fouled around the center line as he dribbled through, but the match official played the advantage as the junior got a pass off to redshirt sophomore midfielder Justin Castro. The San Jose native out of Archbishop Mitty High School in turn found Cukar, whose hard shot found the right corner for his team-leading third of 2009.
Castro finally capped the scoring with arguably the best goal of the net, in the 56th minute. San Jose State again capitalized on poor Argonaut defensive clearing. Freshman Nick Murphy, who moved from center back to right back for the second half, hit a deep cross from his flank, clear across to the left wing, where a clearance attempt was put right back into the middle, for Castro to half-volley the ball in from the top of the area.
San Jose State did not allow an effort on goal throughout the 90 minutes, out-shooting the Argos, 19-11, including 10-2 following the break. Castro and fellow San Jose native Steven Sanchez (Piedmont Hills HS), a freshman, shared the game high with four shots apiece.
The Spartans had numerous opportunities over the final 35 minutes, to increase their lead, namely with back-to-back Sanchez shots going wide to the right, followed by a Cukar attempt uncharacteristically wide of the target, and a shot by Mauricio Murillo, Jr., that was saved by sophomore Isiah Castro, who played the second half in goal for Notre Dame de Namur.
San Jose State saw two other near-misses in short succession in the 40th minute. Sanchez went wide to the right off an effective pass by Boemecke, before setting up Castro to volley high with a right-sided cross.
Jonathan Lester, a sophomore transfer from SMU, did not need to make a save in collecting his first collegiate shutout. Mora had two stops in the first half, while Castro had one in the second.
Fifth-year senior midfielder Brian McGuire, who had suffered an injury the day before the season opener with UC Davis, made his 2009 debut for the Spartans off the bench in the first half, while redshirt freshmen Omri Brinner and George Fahmy (Valley Christian HS) each made their first collegiate appearances after the break.
San Jose State next faces back-to-back road games against NCAA Championship participants from a season ago. The Spartans first travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to take on the Cal Poly Mustangs (0-4) at Alex G. Spanos Stadium this Sunday, September 20, at 1:00 p.m.
Notre Dame de Namur (0-7) - 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (2-4) - 4 1 - 5
SJSU - Colby Moore (1) (Dan Addiego), 13:24
SJSU - Oscar Monjaras (2) (Penalty kick), 15:37
SJSU - Ricky Dorrego (1) (unassisted), 20:15
SJSU - Nick Cukar (3) (Justin Castro, Josh Boemecke), 41:29
SJSU - Justin Castro (2) (unassisted), 55:02
NDNU - 11
SJSU - 19
NDNU - 3 (Joseph Mora-2; Isiah Castro-1)
SJSU - 0 (Jonathan Lester-0)
NDNU - 6
SJSU - 4
NDNU - 7
SJSU - 14