Los Angeles, Calif. - Steven Sanchez's goal in the 98th minute was the difference as the San Jose State Spartans defeated the Lions of Loyola Marymount 2-1 in a non-conference men's soccer match on Friday afternoon.
The win improves the Spartans record to 3-1-1 while Loyola Marymount (LMU) falls to 2-4-0.
Sanchez led San Jose State with five shots, two on goal and got the game winner, unassisted, at the 97:54 mark.
The Spartans came out with purpose. They outshot LMU 11-to-4 in the 45 minutes and 17-to-14 in regulation time.
"The team played very well in the first half," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "We played very well in the second half, as well, generating a number scoring chances."
In the 75th minute Allen La Spina made a deep run down the sideline and crossed the ball. Sanchez played it on to Dylan Murphy on the far side of the box. Murphy, from 12 yards out, took it and slotted it away to the right of the Lions' keeper Vince Paldino. It was his team-leading third goal of the season and gave the Spartans a 1-0 advantage.
At the 88:14 mark, Nick Murphy was given a yellow card which set up a penalty kick for LMU. Artur Jozkowicz took the shot and Spartans keeper Jonathan Lester made the save, but couldn't control it. Jozkowicz got the rebound and fired it past Lester to tie the game with just over a minute to play in regulation.
San Jose State outshot Loyola Marymount 2-0 in overtime. In the 98th minute Sanchez collected a loose ball in LMU territory dribbled through several Lions and hammered a shot to the right of the keeper for his second goal in as many games and the game winner.
Lester earned his third win of the season making seven saves. Paldino allowed two goals and made eight saves in the loss.
"I'm very proud of the team," St. Clair said. "They played their hearts out today and really deserved this win."
The Spartans finish their southern California road trip at UC Riverside on Sunday, September 18. Kickoff against the Highlanders is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and fans can follow the action through the Live Stats feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.