Bakersfield, Calif. - The San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield men's soccer teams combined for three goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation with striker Garret Foster scoring the game-winner for the Spartans in a 2-1 win on Friday night in Bakersfield.
The victory was the first for San Jose State (4-4-1, 1-0-1 MPSF) in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this year. The 'Runners suffer their first conference loss and are now 4-2-4, 1-1-0 in MPSF action.
The teams combined for 27 shots in the first 78 minutes of play but failed to find the back of the net, then in the 79th minute striker Jonathan Salceda took a long pass from midfielder Frankie Beauchamp. Salceda took advantage of CSUB keeper Eric Shannon and on the doorstep of the goal tucked the ball inside the post for his third goal of the season giving the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Less than four minutes later, at the 82:14 mark, CSU Bakersfield turned the ball over and Foster pounced. He fired a shot from just outside the 18 to the upper right corner of the net for his second goal of the year. The Spartans led 2-0.
"After we got that 2-0 lead," said head coach Gary St. Clair, "they threw everything and the kitchen sink at us."
The Spartans, who have a 4-1-0 record in games played in Bakersfield, bent under the pressure, allowing a goal to Gyasi Zardes in the 86th minute, but didn't break and earned the 2-1 decision.
Eight Spartans attempted shots with Diego Ochoa leading the attack with three. Salceda, Enrique Montano and Foster each took two while Nick Murphy, Steven Sanchez, Beauchamp and Dylan Murphy contributed one shot each.
"This is a great conference win for our side," said St. Clair. "In the first half, they certainly fed off the energy of playing at home, but we absorbed that and did a good job keeping our shape. The second half was definitely ours. You could see our side maturing as the game went by and we played with a lot more confidence."
The Spartans close their weekend road trip on Sunday, October 7 when they take the field at UNLV. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.