"We dominated the game from the start," said Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair. "We put away goals early, which we have struggled with in the past, and we were tight in the back. That's the formula you need to succeed at this level. I was very, very pleased with how our players came back after (Friday's loss to Air Force)."
The Spartans took control early with a goal at 4:48 by Dan Oka, who shot in the rebound after Dylan Pender's header hit off the post. It was Oka’s s third goal of 2005. The Spartans scored again at 9:31 when Ismael Ibarra, last week’s MPSF Brine Player of the Week, scored his fifth goal of the season, firing home the loose ball after Gavin Wenyon's cross from the right was deflected onto Ibarra's path by senior Johnny Gonzalez. Gonzalez and Wenyon were each credited with assists on the goal, Wenyon’s his team-leading eighth on the year.
Gonzalez then tallied his third goal of the season at 28:08, on a shot from the right side of the penalty box which found the left corner. Hiroki Akiyama, who scored his first collegiate goal against Air Force Friday, Oct. 21, was credited with the assist.
"Unlike Friday's game (against Air Force), things worked out for us today," said Gonzalez. "Defensively, we played great. Offensively, we put our chances away. We always say that it's important to get an early goal, and that's exactly what we did today."
The Pioneers’ lone goal of the afternoon was scored when Liam Girard converted on a penalty kick at 81:19 on the Spartans' Brent Douglas, who replaced Richard Mann in the 69th minute.
The Spartans take on Air Force on the road to continue MPSF action Friday, Oct. 28 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kick-off is set for 5 p.m.
SCORE BY HALVES: 1 2 TOTAL
Denver 0 1 1
San Jose State 3 0 3
SJSU-Oka (Pender), 4:48
SJSU-Ibarra (Gonzalez, Wenyon), 9:31
SJSU-Gonzalez (Akiyama), 28:08
DENVER-Girard (Penalty kick), 81:19
Denver-5 (Jarred Schwandt-5)
San Jose State -4 (Richard Mann-1; Brent Douglas-3)
San Jose State-7
San Jose State -12