The Cukar Corner: 2009 Men's Soccer Blog 5

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 18 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, now 2-4 after a 5-0 win at home over Notre Dame de Namur on Wednesday night, September 18, travels south by bus this Saturday, September 19, for an important in-region match at Cal Poly on Sunday, September 20. Kick-off at Alex G. Spanos Stadium is at 1:00 p.m.

The team is back in home action against South Bay rival Santa Clara in primetime on Sunday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. Individual game tickets for Spartan Soccer 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 #5 (Thursday, September 17)

Hello, and welcome to another installment of The Cukar Corner 2009!

Since my last blog, we had a road trip down to the Los Angeles area, and a home game last night. Last Friday was a battle against LMU, who we ended up losing to, 1-0. They were a good team and after the first half, which ended 0-0, I knew that it was going to be a one-goal game. We played a whole lot better than we did up at Oregon State. I was pleased with our performance, as we never gave up once we were down, and created many opportunities to tie the game. However, the result did not come.

Our next game was on Sunday at UC Riverside, who we wanted to beat to get some kind of momentum coming home after two straight road trips. Things didn't go our way in this game, either. We didn't come out the way that we envisioned, and that led to us being down 2-0 after the first 20 minutes. This game once again saw us trying to come from behind to get the win we needed. We had some very good chances, and a few calls didn't go our way at all, but that is just a part of the game, and all the more reason why we need to out-work our opponents every minute of every game. One highlight of the game was the great run that young Christian Romero made, where he ended up getting fouled at the top of the box. That led to another excellent free kick goal from little Oscar.

We had a long bus ride to think about the weekend, and what we needed to do on Tuesday, to prepare for Wednesday's match at home. We had Monday off to get some much-needed rest, but on Tuesday, it was all business. Everyone showed up to functional practice at 2:00 p.m. (an hour before our training time), to put in the work that we needed to. I thought we all worked hard and were prepared for our first home game in two weeks, against NDNU.

Turns out I was right. We got some much-needed home cooking, where we put up five goals. I was happy to see Colby get his first goal of the year. The guy has worked awfully hard, year in and year out, and I was glad he got rewarded last night with a nice finish. It was also nice to see Brian get some playing time, after being injured the day before the UC Davis match. Brian is an important player to this team, and we have missed his experience and presence in midfield. I hope he's fully recovered, as he is very important to the core of this team. More importantly in the game, we were able to get the shutout. Well done defense and Jon. I thought we played very well, and it was nice that we scored first (which was the first time we've done it all year). I'm happy we got the victory that we have been looking for. However, we still have probably our toughest games ahead of us in the next few weeks, and we need to keep focused and keep improving every training session to get that much better and be prepared. I hope to see you guys soon, and follow us when we are on the road!!!

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

September 9

September 17