San Jose, Calif. - Despite playing the final 65 minutes down a man down, the San Jose State men's soccer earned a 1-1 draw against their South Bay rival the Santa Clara Broncos on Thursday evening in Spartan Stadium.
"We were talking about winning this match in the second overtime," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "There is only one thing and that's winning.
"This is our third match in six days and our third straight overtime game. We've lost a lot of guys to injury. At the end of the day, when everything is said and done and you look at us being a man down the majority of the game, yea, I'll take it."
The result leaves the Spartans record at 3-1-3, while the Broncos are now 4-1-2.
San Jose State opened the scoring at the 15:08 mark. Defender Dan Addiego played a long ball, from just shy of the center line, to Nick Cashmere who was streaking down the far sideline. Cashmere took the ball just outside the penalty area, dribbled in and slotted it to the far post from 12 yards out for a 1-0 Spartans lead. It was Cashmere's third goal of the season and Addiego's third assist.
In the 32nd minute the Broncos got the equalizer. Nick Hurtado played a cross to Phillip Muscarella at the top of the 18. His shot, from eight yards out, slipped past Spartan keeper Jonathan Lester to tie the score 1-1.
The Spartans had the better play throughout the first half. The teams were equal on shots, six apiece, but the San Jose State had five shots on goal to Santa Clara's three. Then in the last minute of the first half, Spartan Edwin Velasquez was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
"I think we were primed to win tonight," St. Clair said, "especially the way we played in the first half. We have certain qualities on this team that are hard for other teams to deal with, but when we go down a man that changes everything. At halftime we had to change our style of play to a more balanced approach; a 4-4-1 to keep the game in front of us. Santa Clara is a good team and we wanted to make sure we weren't giving anything away."
In the second half, with the personnel advantage, the Broncos began exert more control. They outshot the Spartans 10-to-3, including 4-to-1 in shots on frame. Lester made several saves on attempts from point blank range to preserve the tie through regulation time.
In the first overtime, the Spartans got the only shot off and in the second there were three shots taken, all by Santa Clara who ended the match with a 19-to-10 advantage in shots.
Lester stopped seven of the eight shots that reached him and Bronco keeper Kevin Klasila made six stops on the seven San Jose State shots that were on frame.
Dylan Murphy led the Spartans with four shots, two on goal. Both of Cashmere's attempts were on frame, with one finding the back of the net.
Muscarella and Hurtado led the Broncos with four shots each.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday when they travel north for their final non-conference match. They take on the San Francisco Dons at USF. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.