San Francisco, Calif. - On a typically foggy and cold night at the University of San Francisco's Negoesco Stadium, the San Jose State University men's soccer team took a 1-0 lead in the 73rd minute, but was unable to hold on, allowing an equalizer late in regulation and a strike just 100 seconds from the end of the second and final sudden-victory overtime period in suffering a 2-1 defeat to the host Dons on Friday, September 25.
The Spartans' sixth straight loss outside of San Jose to begin the 2009 campaign, drops their record to 2-6. Five of those six defeats have been by one-goal margins, including three in a row now by the identical score of 2-1, after back-to-back 1-0 decisions. USF, a 2008 NCAA Championship participant that had failed to score in consecutive losses to area rivals California and Stanford during last week's Bay Area Soccer Classic, evens its record at 3-3.
Junior holding central midfielder Josh Boemecke scored unassisted at 72:55, chipping USF goalkeeper Brendan Roslund, to give the Spartans hope for their first road success of 2009. It was the first collegiate goal for the second-year transfer from Saint Louis University.
USF's preseason All-American and M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidate, senior forward Conor Chinn, ended the Dons' lengthy scoreless streak, however, at the 84:14 mark, heading in a cross from the left by Justin Warren from around the center of the Spartan penalty box. It was his third of 2009 and 20th in his last 23 matches.
After 18:20 of scoreless overtime soccer, Warren, a junior defender, scored his first collegiate goal with a volley from the left wing, when the match seemed headed for a draw just 1:40 away from the end. Sophomore Adam Nowak's far-post cross earned him the game-winning assist.
San Jose State out-shot USF for the match, 12-10, led by Boemecke and senior striker Colby Moore with three apiece, two each on goal. Chinn collected game highs of four shots, with three on target, for the Dons.
Jonathan Lester made three saves over a career-high 108:16 for the Spartans, while Roslund, a freshman, made a career-high six stops for the home side.
The Spartans had a goal disallowed due to an offsides call at the 55:56 mark of the second half.
Both teams were playing short-handed, with the Spartans missing central defensive anchor and team co-captain Oscar Monjaras, who was serving a one-game suspension due to a red card he was issued during the second half at Cal Poly last Sunday, September 20. USF was missing 2008 all-league selections Jonathan Levi, Leon Williams and Bryan Burke. The Dons also lost freshman forward Oscar Englund to injury midway through the first half after a lengthy delay.
The match was San Jose State's first through eight contests this season, to go into overtime. The Spartans went 2-2-4 in extra-session games in 2008, including their own dramatic, double-overtime home win over USF, on Nick Cukar's goal at 104:24, on September 10. The Dons have now won five of the last six meetings.
San Jose State returns home, where it is 2-0 this year, to face another old area rival in Santa Clara University (2-4-1) this Sunday night, September 27. Kick-off inside Spartan Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m., with a live audio stream available for the first time for San Jose State soccer, free of charge, at SJSUSpartans.com beginning at 6:45 p.m.
San Jose State (2-6) - 0 1 0 0 - 1
San Francisco (3-3) - 0 1 0 1 - 2
SJSU - Josh Boemecke (1) (unassisted), 72:55
USF - Conor Chinn (3) (Justin Warren), 84:14
USF - Justin Warren (1) (Adam Nowak), 108:20
SJSU - 12
USF - 10
SJSU - 3 (Jonathan Lester-3)
USF - 6 (Brendan Roslund-6)
SJSU - 1
USF - 5
SJSU - 9
USF - 1