Spartans Earn Draw At UCR

Riverside, Calif. - Nick Cashmere scored his second goal of the year, unassisted in the 89th minute, to send the San Jose State men's soccer team to overtime against the UC Riverside (UCR) Highlanders on Sunday afternoon.  The teams battled for 21 more minutes before settling for a 1-1 draw. 

The tie leaves the Spartans 3-1-2 on the season and 1-0-1 on their southern California road trip. UCR is 3-2-1. 

The Spartans dominated play in the offensive zone, particularly after halftime.  They outshot the Highlanders 26-to-15 for the match including 19-to-5 after the first 45 minutes.  San Jose State has outshot its opponents 107-to-74 this season and outscored them nine goals to five. 

UCR scored on a header by Ben Sperber at the 4:12 mark to take a 1-0 lead.  It was one of just four shots by the Highlanders that reached Spartans' keeper Jonathan Lester; all came in the first half. 

UC Riverside's Cody Suppe saw 12 shots on frame and made 11 saves allowing the equalizer with just over a minute to play in regulation. 

Steven Sanchez and Mauricio Murrillo led the Spartans with four shots each and each had two shots on goal.  Sanchez now leads the Spartans with 16 shots.  Dylan Murphy took three shots with one reaching the keeper and Cashmere was one of four San Jose State players to pull the trigger two times. Both his shots were on frame, with one finding the back of the net.  

San Jose State's next match is Thursday, Spetember 22 against the Santa Clara Broncos.  The south-bay rivals are set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.