With the loss, San Jose State is now 6-7-1 overall and an even 3-3 in the MPSF with nine points in the league standings. Denver improves to 10-3-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in league play in winning its sixth straight game. The Pioneers are atop the MPSF standings with 18 points.
The contest was scoreless until Miles Marmo turned a James Merriman cross into the bottom right corner of the Spartan goal for what proved to be the game-winner at the 35:57 mark. Denver out-shot San Jose State, 7-2 in the first half and 15-6 on the afternoon.
The host Pioneers got a pair of insurance goals in the second half, with the first one coming in the 57th minute from Kellan Christensen. Christensen shot to the right side of Spartan goalkeeper Richard Mann’s net off a cross from Ben Mendozza. Mendozza then capped the scoring at 76:14 with an unassisted goal, shooting from 20 yards into the top right corner for his fourth of 2006.
Diego Soto, Hiroki Akiyama and Edward Murillo-Jimenez had two each of the six Spartan shots in the game, with one of Akiyama’s attempts on goal. Mann made four saves for San Jose State.
Denver goalkeeper Matt Bredehoft notched his sixth shutout of the season, making one second-half save off the Akiyama shot. Marmo had a game-high three shots off the bench offensively.
San Jose State now moves on to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on Air Force in another MPSF contest this Sunday afternoon, October 22, at 1:00 p.m. MST. Fans can access live stats from the game through CSTV GameTracker, via the official San Jose State website at http://www.sjsuspartans.com.
San Jose State (6-7-1, 3-3 MPSF) - 0 0 - 0
Denver (10-3-1, 6-0 MPSF) - 1 2 - 3
DU - Miles Marmo (2) (James Merriman), 35:57
DU - Kellan Christensen (2) (Ben Mendozza), 56:48
DU - Ben Mendozza (4) (unassisted), 76:14
SJSU - 6
DU - 15
SJSU - 4 (Richard Mann-4)
DU - 1 (Matt Bredehoft-1)
SJSU - 2
DU - 5
SJSU - 18
DU - 16