San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State men’s soccer team dropped its home opener to non-conference rival Santa Clara, 2-0, on Thursday night, Sept. 20. The Broncos took the early lead just over a minute into the game and never looked back. The loss drops the Spartans’ record to 3-3-0 on the season while Santa Clara improves to 4-1-2.
"I was embarassed and disappointed with the way we came out in the first 10-15 minutes of the game," said 18th-year San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. "We had prepared awfully hard all week, and to let in two soft goals like that, is unacceptable. For the rest of the game, with the players that came in (as reserves), and the way we came out on the field in the second half, I thought we played extremely well. We were just not fortunate enough to get a goal in the second half."
Peter Lowry scored both goals for Santa Clara. The midfielder sparked the Broncos offense at the 1:05 mark with a shot high over Spartan goalkeeper Richard Mann. Lowry found an opening on the right side and accepted a cross from Matt Hatzke who was fed by Jide Ogunbiyi to tally the first goal.
The Broncos took a 2-0 lead at the 19:46 on Lowry’s second goal. The senior settled a cross from the left side and tapped the ball into the lower right corner of the Spartan goal.
Ismael Ibarra and Ricky Dorrego had the best scoring opportunities for the Spartans in the first half. Ibarra headed the ball on a cross to the middle of the box, but the ball sailed just wide. Dorrego’s opportunity came on a perfectly-placed pass by Oscar Monjaras, but the shot went wide of the net.
The Spartans remained scoreless throughout the game, despite out-shooting the Broncos in the second half of play. San Jose State took nine shots in the second half, two of which were on goal.
Ibarra, along with sophomores Nick Cukar and Ed Murillo-Jimenez and freshman Efrain Burgos, Jr., were the only Spartans to take a shot on goal. The Broncos’ goalie, Kevin Klasila had four saves on the night, as did Mann.
The game was physical between the rivals. A total of 19 fouls were called and five yellow cards issued. The Broncos recorded the most fouls with 14 on the night.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 23 as they head to St. Mary’s to take on the Gaels. The game is slated for 3:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Stadium.
SCU (4-1-2) vs. San Jose State (3-3-0)
Date: Sep 20, 2007 Attendance: 952
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
SCU................. 2 0 - 2
San Jose State...... 0 0 - 0
1. 1:05 SCU LOWRY, Peter (3) (OGUNBIYI, Jide;HATZKE, Matt) - cross from left shot high over goalie
2. 19:46 SCU LOWRY, Peter (4) (WANTULOK, Kellen) - cross from left to 10 -scores in lower right corner
SHOTS: SCU 22, San Jose State 15
SAVES: SCU 4 (KLASILA, Kevin 4), San Jose State 4 (MANN, Richard 4)