San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team recorded its fourth shutout of the 2007 season with a 3-0 victory over Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent, UNLV, at Spartan Field on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Spartans tallied two goals in the first half and one in the second to improve their record to 7-5-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the conference. The loss drops the Rebels’ record to 5-6-2 overall and 1-3-0 in the MPSF.
The Spartans opened up offensively with a goal by senior Ismael Ibarra at the 20:04 mark of the game. Ibarra settled a throw-in by junior Gavin Wenyon and fired the ball into the left corner of the Rebels’ goal for a 1-0 lead.
San Jose State extended its lead to 2-0 at the 32:05 mark with a goal by senior Julio Gonzalez. The forward accepted a long pass from freshman Efrain Burgos, Jr. and on his first touch of the game, found the back of the net.
The Rebels had an attempt to cut the lead in half with four minutes left on the clock when Nicholas Paterson fired off a shot that found the post and bounced away. UNLV took nine shots in the opening half while the Spartans took seven.
At the 77:37 mark, sophomore Colby Moore notched his fifth goal of the season to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead. A scramble for the ball broke out in front of the Rebels’ goal. Moore had several touches on the ball in fighting off a defender before pulling away and finding an opening in the left corner of the net.
UNLV had another opportunity in the second half that was stopped by the goal post. Richard Abrego took a shot at the 67:03 mark that grazed the left post and went out of bounds.
The Spartans took a total of 11 shots in the game while the Rebels tallied 17. In his first return to goal in four games, Mann posted his 11th career shutout with two saves.
San Jose State returns to action on Friday, Oct. 19 as the Spartans take to the road and face Air Force in MPSF play. The game is slated for 7:00 p.m.
UNLV (5-6-2, 1-3-0) vs. San Jose State (7-5-0, 2-1-0)
Date: Oct 14, 2007 Attendance: 207
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
UNLV................ 0 0 - 0
San Jose State...... 2 1 - 3
1. 20:04 SJSU IBARRA, Ismael (WENYON, Gavin) - throw in from 4-shot into left corner
2. 32:05 SJSU GONZALEZ, Julio (BURGOS, Jr., Efrain) - 20 passes up to 16 - 16 finds left corner from right corner of box
3. 77:37 SJSU MOORE, Colby (unassisted) - scramble in front of net, 7 pulls away and sends ball into l corner
Shots: UNLV 17, San Jose State 11
Saves: UNLV 3 (BAILEY, Calvin 2; TEAM 1), San Jose State 2 (MANN, Richard 2)