Mann's saves preserve 0-0 double overtime tie with No. 15 Santa Clara

Santa Clara, Calif. - Richard Mann made a diving fingertip save with just over five minutes remaining in the first overtime to preserve a 0-0 double overtime tie with 15th-ranked South Bay rival Santa Clara at a packed Buck Shaw Stadium Friday night.

It was one of eight stellar saves for Mann, who kept the Spartans in the match the entire night, while earning his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career.

“I actually had a dream the other night that I made a great save like that one,” said Mann, who made another point blank save near the end of regulation. “I just got into a groove tonight, but I was very fortunate on a couple of those attempts.

Anytime you play a great rival like Santa Clara, you need to step up your game. Fortunately for us, I was able to do that tonight.”

BEST CHANCE FOR SPARTANS

A fairly even first half led to several chances for both squads in the second half of play.

The Spartans had their best scoring chance of the evening late in the second half, when Hiroki Akiyama got a through ball behind the Broncos’ defense, but pushed his shot attempt wide left at the 13:15 mark.

“Looking back on the play, I just hurried a bit too much,” said Akiyama, who led the Spartans with three shots. “I wish I would’ve taken just a second longer to set myself, and put a better shot on net.”

MANN STEPS UP

Mann’s eight saves were just one short of his career high of nine, which he had against Cal State Fullerton in the season opener.

“Our defense played well mostly the whole game,” said defender Ed Brand. “With as great a team as Santa Clara is, they were going to get some chances. I’m just thankful we have such a great man back there in net.”

“We talked to Richard about stepping up tonight,” said head coach Gary St. Clair, who saw his team play its third ranked opponent of the season on Friday night. “There is no question who the MVP was of this match. You just have to make one of two big plays, and he made them all for us tonight.”

PACKED HOUSE DOESN’T RATTLE YOUNG SPARTANS

In front of a loud, Bronco partisan crowd, Santa Clara had many opportunities in the final 65 minutes of the match, including outshooting the Spartans 16-4 combined through the second half and two overtime periods.

“This is such a confidence booster for our team,” said St. Clair. “You can tell a team to play with confidence, but as we got further along in this match tonight, you could see our guys really step up.

I give all of the credit to our players. A young team like ours needs good results to get some confidence, and what we got tonight from our guys was a tremendous effort.”

RIVALRY SERIES

San Jose State snapped a two-game losing streak against the Broncos, while improving its record to 3-3-1 overall on the season.

“Anytime you can come away with a good result against your rival, especially a team as good as Santa Clara, is a great thing,” said Mann. “We just have to go back to work, and get ready for our next match against Cal Poly.”

The Spartans will continue their season-long five-game road trip on Tuesday, September 26, when they will travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face Cal Poly. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
San Jose State (3-3-1) - 0 0 0 0 - 0
Santa  Clara (4-2-2) - 0 0 0 0 - 0

Scoring
None

Shots
SJSU - 8
SCU - 23

Goalkeeper Saves
SJSU - 8 (Richard Mann-8)
SCU - 1 (Joseph Buttitta-1)

Corner Kicks
SJSU - 2
SCU - 18

Fouls
SJSU - 20
SCU - 14