San Jose, Calif. - The No. 25 CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) Roadrunners got a goal in the first half and another in the second en route to a 2-0 win over the San Jose State Spartans men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon in Spartan Stadium
The loss leaves the Spartans record at 4-4-3 overall, 1-2-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. CSUB improves to 7-0-4, 3-0-0 in conference action.
In what was a physical game and first half, the 'Runners were hit with two yellow cards a few minutes before Spartan defender Dan Addiego was sent off with a red card at the 21:56 mark. In the first 45 minutes, the Spartans were whistled for 13 fouls to CSUB's six and SJSU played the final 23 minutes a man down.
"The first 10 minutes of the game belonged to Bakersfield," center-mid Diego Ochoa said. "After that we settled down and played pretty well, considering."
Ochoa had one of the few chances for the Spartans all day. In the 18th minute he took a free kick from the top right corner of the penalty box and bent it around a two-defender wall. Roadrunner keeper Eric Shannon made a diving one-handed save to his left to keep the game at 0-0.
CSU Bakersfield got its first goal at the 33:06 mark. Kory Kindle's shot was stopped by Spartans keeper Jonathan Lester, but not controlled. Jesus Sanchez picked up the free ball and fired it into the open goal for a 1-0 lead.
In the 41st minute, Spartans center-mid Roberto Casteneda placed a shot high to the far post from 30 yards out. Shannon dove and parried the ball away. For the half, San Jose State was outshot 6-to-3 and went to halftime with the score 1-0 in favor of CSU Bakersfield.
In the second half, midfielder Omri Brinner was sent off in the 67th minute forcing the Spartans to play the final 23 minutes of the game two men down.
"I thought defensively we played pretty well, but we can't afford to lose our composure," Lester said, "and today we did. It is hard enough to play the No. 25 team in the nation, but to go down a man and then to lose another really hurts.
"They have a big time scorer (Gyasi Zardes), who had one decent chance in the first half. After that we did a good job of shutting him down until the very end."
Zardes, who is among the top scorers in the nation, was held in check until the 78th minute. With an 11 man to nine advantage, he received a pass at the top of the six and shot it home for his 13th tally of the year and a 2-0 Bakersfield advantage.
"At that point it is so difficult to cover everyone," Lester said. "He came loose right in front, got the pass and that was it."
The Spartans last attempt came in the 90th minute when an Ochoa shot from 21 yards banged off the right post.
"I was out for about three weeks," Ochoa said, "so my fitness is not absolutely where I would like it to be, but it was good to play Friday night and again today. (Roberto Casteneda) and I were in sync before I got hurt and that will return with more time playing together. As a team, when we keep our cool, we play well, but today we lost our composure and that contributed to this loss."
Overall San Jose State was outshot 19-to-7. Bakersfield's Zardes lead the game with five shots. Ochoa and Casteneda each took two shots. The shots on goal also favored CSUB 9-to-3.
Lester made seven saves in the loss. His record is now 4-3-3. In the win, Shannon stopped the three shots that reached him and improved his record to 7-0-4.
The Spartans return to action on Friday, October 14 in Seattle, Wash., against Seattle University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.