Houston, Texas - San Jose State University got goals from redshirt sophomores Justin Castro and Robert Jackson within a span of 12 minutes in the first half, and produced a second consecutive shutout in achieving its first win away from home of 2009, 2-0, at Houston Baptist University's Sorrels Field on day one of the HBU Classic on Friday afternoon, October 2.
Castro opened the scoring in the 20th minute, putting away a loose ball in the penalty box after junior and fellow San Jose native Ricky Dorrego's corner kick. Josh Boemecke was also credited with an assist on the play. It was Castro's third career strike, all coming this season, and proved to be his first career game-winner. He now shares the team lead with senior co-captains Nick Cukar and Oscar Monjaras.
Castro then stole a ball and assisted on the insurance goal at 31:30, as Jackson, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., collected the first goal of his San Jose State career. It was Castro's second assist of 2009.
Jonathan Lester, a sophomore transfer from SMU, needed to make just one save in goal to earn his second straight clean sheet individually, and third of his college career.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-6-1 on the year. Houston Baptist falls to 4-6. This was the second meeting of the year between the non-conference foes, as the Huskies had edged the Spartans, 1-0, on a late goal on the second day of the OSU/Nike Challenge in Corvallis, Ore., on September 6. HBU is a member of the Atlantic Soccer Conference.
San Jose State out-shot Houston Baptist on the day, 9-7. Cukar, Jackson and freshman striker Dylan Murphy had two attempts each, with both of Murphy's on goal, the high for the game. Francisco Diaz had a game-high three efforts for the Huskies. Michael Bouchahine made four saves in the HBU goal over the 90 minutes.
San Jose State was forced to play the final 13:58 a man down after freshman defender Nick Carrara was shown a second yellow card and was thus dismissed from the match. Redshirt freshman Omri Brinner made just his second collegiate appearance in a reserve role.
"All of us have two goals heading into each of these games," remarked 20th-year head coach Gary St. Clair. "One is to win the game, and the other is to prepare ourselves for conference play. We accomplished both today. We started off a little shaky, but settled in and put together a real nice first half after the start. We found two goals within 15 minutes, which took a lot of pressure off us, and changed the course of the game. HBU had to do some different things, and we were able to absorb the pressure.
"We played well in stretches during the second half. This was a very good win. I'm pleased with it. I thought the 2-0 result was indicative of the game, and we certainly had other chances to score. I believe we dominated the game. It was a good win, and now our focus is on the next one against Howard on Sunday.
"It was great to win away from home," added St. Clair about We had been knocking on the door for so long, and just hadn't been able to close door. We did it today, and we did convincingly.
"This was our second straight shutout. We have young players in goal and in the back. They are starting to feel good about themselves. I'm pleased with the way things are coming around. Everything is very positive for us right now."
San Jose State concludes play at the HBU Classic on Sunday afternoon, October 4, playing Howard University at Sorrels Field at 12:00 p.m. Central.
San Jose State (3-6-1) - 2 0 - 2
Houston Baptist (4-6) - 0 0 - 0
SJSU - Justin Castro (3) (Josh Boemecke, Ricky Dorrego), 19:48
SJSU - Robert Jackson (1) (Justin Castro), 31:30
SJSU - 9
HBU - 7
SJSU - 1 (Jonathan Lester-1)
HBU - 4 (Michael Bouchahine-4)
SJSU - 2
HBU - 3
SJSU - 19
HBU - 11