Men's soccer drops MPSF opener to Denver, 3-1

Tim McKinney scored to tie the
game at 1-1 in the first half.
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Denver, Colo.-----James Merriman assisted on the game-winning goal and added an insurance tally in a 5:01 span midway through the first half as the University of Denver defeated San Jose State University, 3-1, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference men's soccer opener for both teams.

All of the scoring occurred in a 16:10 span of the first half. Denver’s Christian Bowers opened the scoring at the 12:35 mark. Tim McKinney scored the Spartans’ only goal of the game at 14:14 with assists from Johnny Gonzalez and Dylan Pender.

Travis Hendricks’ goal at 23:44 proved to be the difference with Merriman getting credit for an assist. Merriman’s goal at 28:45 was the final score of the game.

Daniel Benton of San Jose State (1-6-1, 0-1 MPSF) had a busy afternoon making nine saves. Matt Bredehoft of Denver (4-2-1, 1-0 MPSF) was credited with three saves.

The Spartans, winless in their last six games and still searching for the school’s 500th all-time victory, return to action, Sunday, October 3, at the Air Force Academy. Start time for the MPSF match is 11:00 a.m. (PDT).

Score by halves 1 2 Total
San Jose State (1-6-1, 0-1 MPSF) 1 0 1
Denver (4-2-1, 1-0 MPSF) 3 0 3

Scoring summary
DU – Christian Bowers (Kyle Christensen), 12:35
SJSU – Tim McKinney (Johnny Goznalez, Dylan Pender), 14:14
DU – Travis Hendricks (James Merriman), 23:44
DU – James Merriman (Mike Seager), 28:45

San Jose State – 8, Denver – 22

Goalkeeper saves
San Jose State (Daniel Benton, 9), Denver (Matt Bredehoft, 1)

San Jose State – 13, Denver – 17