Thriller Ends in Spartans' Favor

September 26, 2010 

San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State closed out the non-conference portion of the 2010 schedule with a thrilling 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Sunday night, September 26.  The Dons led for much of the night, but the Spartans scored twice in the closing minutes of the match to secure the win.  San Jose State improves to 6-3 and San Francisco falls to 2-4-1.

San Francisco opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as sophomore midfielder Vinny Caloiaro collected his first career goal. Senior defender Rafai Eddy won a tackle on the near side and found a streaking Caloiaro down the far side to strike the shot in the far right post.  San Jose State knotted five shots in the first, compared to the Dons six.

USF held its lead until the 86th minute when San Jose State answered with a pair of strikes within 90 seconds to take a 2-1 lead.  The equalizer came from senior Josh Boemecke in the box.  Sophomore Dylan Murphy crossed the ball over to Boemecke through traffic and Boemecke tipped it through goalkeeper Jojo Vitale's hands, making it 1-1 in the 86th minute.  Senior Stephen Cordova found a cross from senior Nick Cukar 90 seconds later, knocking in the game-winning shot from five yards from the far post.

"It was such a good feeling and I was in the right place," stated Cordova on his game-winning goal.  "We needed to pick it up and lift our intensity and we did it."

San Jose State controlled possession in the second-half, holding a 13-2 shot advantage.  Senior goalkeeper Jonathan Lester made four saves.

"I give the players all the credit for keeping the pressure on them (USF), giving them little time and space," stated head coach Gary St. Clair.  "It was a tale of two different halves, but we didn't give up and I'm very proud of the team."  

San Jose State (6-3) begins Mountain Pacific Sports Federation  play on Sunday, October 3 with a 1:00 p.m. match against Sacramento State (5-2-1) at Sacramento.

Score by periods      1    2   Total
San Jose State          0    2     2
Santa Clara               1    0     1

Scoring Summary
San Francisco (2-4-1): Vinny Caloiaro (Rafai Eddy), 22:21
San Jose State (6-3): Josh Boemecke (Dylan Murphy), 86:04
San Jose State (6-3): Stephen Cordova (Nick Cukar), 87:18

San Jose State: 18
Santa Clara: 8

Goalkeeper saves
Jonathan Lester (SJSU): 4
Jojo Vitale (USF): 5

Corner Kicks
San Jose State: 7
Santa Clara: 2

San Jose State: 11
Santa Clara: 12