Seattle, Wash. - Striker Steven Sanchez's goal at the 89:45mark was the difference as the San Jose State Spartans men's soccer team defeatedthe Seattle University Redhawks 2-1 on Championship Field on Friday afternoon.
The victory, San Jose State's first Mountain Pacific SportsFederation (MPSF) road win in nearly two years, improves the Spartans record to5-4-3 overall, 2-2-0 in MPSF action. Seattle falls to 1-8-2, 0-4-0 in conference play.
The two sides played the first half to a 0-0 tie with theRedhawks out shooting San Jose State 8-to-5, but with the Spartans holding a2-to-1 advantage in shots on goal.
In the 48th minute, Diego Ochoa converted apenalty kick to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. For the center-mid, a redshirt last season, it was the first goal ofhis major college career.
Five and a half minutes later, the Redhawks returned thefavor. Elliott Richards scored on a penaltykick at the 53:09 mark to tie the match 1-1.
The score remained the same for the next 30+ minutes andthe match looked to be heading to overtime, when Roberto Casteneda took a shotat the 89:44 mark. The attempt wasblocked by a Seattle defender, but came right to Sanchez who blasted it past keeper Marshall Reese for the game winner with 15 seconds left in regulation. It was his third goal of the season and his second game-winner.
San Jose State was outshot 21-to-11 on the day including9-to-4 in shots on goal. It was thesecond time in as many games the Spartans have been outshot.
Keeper Jonathan Lester earned his fifth win of the year,stopping eight of the nine shots that the Redhawks put on frame. His record stands at 5-3-3. Reese took the loss and is 0-1-0 overall.
San Jose State returns to action on Sunday, October 16 atthey face the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in Bakersfield.