San Francisco, Calif. - In its final matchup before the start of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, the San Jose State men's soccer team was shutout 3-0 in Negoesco Stadium on Sunday afternoon by the University of San Francisco (USF) Dons.
The loss leaves the Spartans record at 3-2-3, while USF is now 2-4-1.
"Every once in a while you just lay an egg and this was one of those games for us," head coach Gary St. Clair said.
In the last 10 years San Jose State has gone 3-1-0 against the Dons in Spartan Stadium, but at Negoesco Stadium they don't fare as well, going 1-6-0 in San Francisco in the same time frame.
The Spartans, who never seemed to get in any type of rhythm, allowed the first goal of the day at the 28:13 mark. The Dons' Vinny Caloiaro centered a ball to Kyle Macleod in front of the goal. He in turn fed Vegard Karlsen to the left, who then beat Spartan keeper Jonathan Lester to the far post.
The Spartans outshot the Dons 6-to-5 in the first 45 minutes and the teams each had two shots on goal, but Karlsen's strike was the difference as the teams went to the locker room with San Jose State trailing 1-0.
In the second half things got much more physical and no better for the Spartans.
The Dons scored a goal in the 58th minute when Lester turned the ball over in his box. Miguel Aguilar and Caloiaro played a give-and-go from the top of the 18, with Aguilar scoring to the far post from 12 yards out.
Just over six minutes later, at the 63:27 mark, the Dons' David Romney booted a long ball deep into Spartans territory. Lester came off his line to knock it away, but misplayed it over his head. USF's Mauricio Diaz De Leon moved around Lester and headed the ball into the open net for a 3-0 San Francisco lead.
Over the final 27 minutes the Spartans were issued four yellow cards including Lester being sent off after a teammate was taken down by a brutal Dons tackle.
For the game USF outshot San Jose State 11-to-8 including 6-to-4 in shots on goal and the fouls were 12 apiece.
Lester (3-2-3) was tagged with the loss, while Brendan Roslund got the win (2-3-1).
San Jose State will return to action on Sunday, October 2, when they welcome the Sacramento State Hornets in each team's MPSF opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.