Men's soccer defeats Sacramento State to open MPSF action

San Jose, Calif.--- The San Jose State men’s soccer team (5-3-2, 1-0 MPSF) opened Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action Sunday, October 9, with a 1-0 victory over Sacramento State (5-3-1, 0-1 MPSF).

The lone goal of the evening was scored by Nelson Diaz on a through ball that he shot left to right at 20:33. Both Dan Oka and Gavin Wenyon were credited with assists. Spartan goalkeeper Richard Mann recorded his third shutout of the season.

"Dan (Oka) gave me a really good through ball," said Diaz about his goal. "We had been working on that all week, trying to get through balls from the midfielders to the strikers, and it actually happened. It was good that we won. It boosts our confidence going into the next game. What really matters is conference play, and we're happy that we got off to a good start."

Head Coach Gary St. Clair was happy to open conference action with the win.

“All the credit goes to the players,” St. Clair said. “We had excellent preparation for this game. Our players know that the conference action will be tougher than anything we’ve played so far this year. Everyone had a great game.”

The Spartans outshot the Hornets 20-11 in the game.

San Jose State is on the road next week, playing conference matches at UNLV on Friday, October 14, and at top-ranked New Mexico on Sunday, October 16.

SCORE BY HALVES: 1 2 TOTAL
Sacramento State 0 0 0
San Jose State 1 0 1

SCORING SUMMARY:
SJSU- Diaz (Oka, Wenyon), 20:33

GOALKEEPER SAVES:
Sacramento State -5 (Matt McDougall-5)
San Jose State -2 (Richard Mann, 1), (TEAM 1)

CORNER KICKS:
Sacramento State- 5
San Jose State -2

FOULS:
Sacramento State-14
San Jose State -12