Men's soccer faces third consecutive Bay Area team at Saint Mary's

The Spartans are looking to snap
a three-game losing streak.
Spartan men’s soccer faces third consecutive Bay Area team at Saint Mary’s

SJSU at Saint Mary’s–Friday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. at Moraga, Calif.

SJSU vs. Notre Dame de Namur–Monday, Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m.
SJSU vs. Denver–Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
SJSU at Air Force–Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m.

The Spartans (4-7-0) dropped two games this past week to two ranked local schools. On Thursday the Spartans lost at No. 2 Stanford, 2-1, in double-overtime. Sunday the team lost by the same 2-1 score to No. 19 California at Spartan Stadium. San Jose State is looking to snap its three-game losing streak when they travel to Saint Mary’s to face the Gaels this Friday afternoon.

Saint Mary’s is 2-7-3 overall and are looking for its first win in four games. This past week, the Gaels tied Gonzaga and lost, 4-2, to Oregon State. Saint Mary’s has not been able to produce much offense, being outscored 30-13. Just three players have multiple goals on the season and the team’s leader score is Alex Monsalve with three goals. The Gaels have split the goaltending duties practically even with Josh Duffy edging Aaron Valdez with just under 30 more minutes in goal. Duffy has a 2.17 goals against average in 580 minutes. Valdez is at 2.61 in 551:07 in goal.

The Spartans have a 19-8 lead in the all-time series dating back to 1969. The Spartans won the last two meetings between the teams. In 2000, the Spartans won 2-1 at Spartan Stadium and followed it up with a 2-1 win in Moraga last season.

The Spartans played one of their best matches of the season against the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal only to lose, 2-1, in double-overtime at Stanford on Thursday. With the score tied 1-1 after regulation and the first overtime period, the Cardinal were able to hit the game winning goal Fernandez scored the winning goal, his sixth of the season, when he took a pass from Mike Wilson and fired the winning shot into the right corner of the net from nine yards away past Spartan goalkeeper Eddie Dominguez. A Stanford goal by Johanes Maliza goal at 36:48 of the first half gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead, but at 75:39 of the second half Tony Chang cashed in on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1.

San Jose State lost, 2-1, to Cal at home on Sunday. Just over 10 minutes into the second half, California’s Mike Munoz was able to dribble a soft shot through the hands of net minder Eddie Dominguez to break the scoreless tie. In the 70th minute, Munoz fed a shot from the left side of the net up to Pieter Berger who drilled the ball from 15 yards out to take a 2-0 lead. San Jose State kept in the match trying to break through the Bears’ defense. In the 86th minute Spartan Frank Sanfilippo found the net on a direct kick just outside of the top of the penalty box to cut the lead in half.

The Spartans have just seven goals in the last seven games and have been shutout twice in the same span. Five different Spartans have been responsible for the scoring in each of the past five games. Most recently Frank Sanfilippo added his second goal of the season on free kick in Sunday’s loss to Cal. Tony Chang scored just his second career goal on a penalty kick at Stanford. Newcomers Trevor Harris, Andiry Budnyy and Darin Domingo each added goals in the last few games. As a team the Spartans have been outscored 18-12.

The 2002 season marks the 75th anniversary of men’s soccer at San Jose State University. The school first fielded a squad in 1927 and has been going strong since then. Over the years the Spartans have enjoyed success in many areas. The school has produced 24 All-Americans, a Hermann Award winner (Mani Hernandez, 1968), 35 winning seasons, a 20-win season in 2000, 13 NCAA tournament appearances including seven consecutive from 1966-71 and many other incredible memories. The 2002 Spartans will look to add another winning season, the fifth in a row, as the team hopes to challenge for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and another appearance in the NCAA tournament.