Men's soccer evens record with overtime win over Denver in conference opener

Tony Change scored the
Related Material
SJSU vs. Denver Box Score
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Senior Tony Chang scored his second goal of the season in overtime to beat the visiting University of Denver, 1-0, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener Friday night at Spartan Stadium. The win brings the San Jose State University men’s soccer team to an even .500 record on the season.

Chang was able to take a centering pass from Francisco Martinez and beat the Pioneer (6-8-0, 0-1-0 MPSF) goalkeeper in the 97th minute to even the Spartans’ (7-7-0, 1-0-0 MPSF) overall season record. It was Martinez’ second consecutive game with an assist on the game-winning goal.

"I’m really proud of these guys tonight," remarked Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair. "When you get to conference it becomes a war. I felt we deserved to win and earned the three points in the standings. I was discouraged to go to overtime, but give credit to our players they played their hearts out tonight."

Both teams played remarkably with San Jose State barely leading in the shots category 18-15. The Spartans were unable to capitalize on earlier scoring situations with 10 shots on goal in the match. Solid defense and goaltending kept the game close.

Brian Lux (6-3) recorded nine saves in the loss. Freshman Michael Lawrence (3-0) earned his third consecutive win and his second shutout notching five saves in the match.

The Spartans continue MPSF play when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to meet Air Force in a battle to remain undefeated in conference play. The Spartans return home to host UNLV on Friday, Nov. 1 for a 7:30 p.m. game at Spartan Stadium.