Nick Cukar is a fourth-year senior on the 2009 San Jose State University men's soccer team. He is a local product out of Millbrae, Calif., and Capuchino High School. The Spartan co-captain and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate has struck for 18 goals in his career from his left outside midfield spot, with an incredible 10 of them game-winners. The 2008 second-team all-region and first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection is the leading returning goal-scorer in the conference. Nick is a kinesiology major.
After travelling to Houston, Texas, this weekend for the HBU Classic, the team returns home to Spartan Stadium for one final non-conference match-up, against Sacramento State, on Thursday night, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. Individual game tickets for Spartan Soccer are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth aged 12 and under, and $1.00 for youth in soccer jerseys. San Jose State students can attend all matches free of charge with a valid Tower ID card. Groups of 20 or more receive a discounted rate. Gates open one hour prior to the start of each match.
Blog Entry #6 (Tuesday, September 29)
Hey, all Spartan soccer fans. Welcome back to another Cukar's Corner blog!
It's been a while since our last blog, as school work and soccer has kept me quite busy these past two weeks. Once again, we were on the road, where we haven't produced the results we wanted. Last Sunday, we went down to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which is a great town and always draws great attendance. The game had a lot of emotion brewed up prior to the match itself. We had gone down there in spring and come away with a great result of 4-0, which gave us a bit of confidence coming into this meeting. Also, a former teammate, Junior Burgos, had transferred to Cal Poly, so there was a bit more reason to win the match. However, Junior was unable to play, which was disappointing, as it would have been nice to play my former roommate in a meaningful match.
We ended up losing, 2-1, giving up a goal after going a man down. The game was a tough battle, as there was a lot of emotion involved. An interesting thing that happened was the sprinklers for one half of the field went off, and were going for a good amount of time. However, the referee decided to have play continue, even with the sprinklers on! We were down early in the game after giving up a PK, which could have gone either way, but with our luck, it was called against us. We fought back very hard, Colby earned us a well-deserved PK of our own, and Fish (Oscar M.) finished with excellent poise. In the second half, we played well and had a few chances ourselves, but just couldn't get the ball in the net. To make matters worse, we were forced to play a man down, as Fish did the only thing he could have done to stop Cal Poly from scoring, which was to foul their forward. We later gave up a goal, which made us lose another away match. I thought we played very well, our heart and desire was there, and soon enough, our result will get there.
Our next battle was with a Bay Area rival, USF. Every game with them is a hard-nosed, hard-fought game, with a lot of regional bragging rights to go along with it. This game had to be one of our top performances on the road. We knew what the atmosphere would be like coming in. We were better-prepared than ever that night, and it showed in our game. The weather was extremely different than what we were used to. Fog just kept pouring in throughout the game, and at one point, it was hard to see the other side of the field! We got a goal midway through the second half. However, the center referee called me offsides, which was extremely frustrating!
We got a late goal from veteran Josh Boemecke, which was his first collegiate goal. Well done, Josh, now get some more! We gave up a goal later in the game, which sent it into overtime. We were able to hold off the USF attack until the second overtime, where they scored with just a minute and 40 seconds left to go, to win the game. I just want to say that our back line played the best it has all season, and they should be acknowledged for the great effort they put out, even with Fish out of the lineup due to his red card. Well done, Dan, Nick Murphy, Nick Carrara and Mauricio!
This past Sunday, we took on South Bay rival Santa Clara in a major game that is always a good one. This game lived up to the expectations, as we played very well and physical. It ended in a 0-0 tie and left us still undefeated at home! We had many chances which could have and should have gone in (mainly my chances that I had). However, that's how the game goes, and we'll look to build upon another solid effort we put out there.
I feel after starting the season losing four straight on the road, that the performance of this team has improved very much, particularly in the last three games, even though the results we got weren't what we wanted. I feel our preparation and desire to battle each and every game has finally arrived, and our performance has been showing that. We have to keep in mind that the results will come as long as we keep up our desire. I have confidence in this team that we are on our way to really peaking, and what better time than now. We have a few more non-conference games to get things completely settled, before conference begins (most of our games are at home!) in a few weeks, with the all-important conference tournament to follow. Keep up the hard work, boys. We can do this!!!
2009 San Jose State Men's Soccer Blog Entries
August 15 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain
August 25 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain
August 30 - Nick Cukar, Senior Co-Captain