Spartans Fall Short In 3-1 Match Against Denver

October 24, 2010

Denver, Colo.----San Jose State men's soccer falls to Denver University 3-1 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-up on Sunday, October 24.  With the loss, the Spartans fall to 7-7-2 overall and 1-4-2 in MPSF play, while the Pioneers improve to 6-5-4 and 3-2-2 in league play.

The Spartans controlled possession in the first half, outshooting the Pioneers 8-4.  But the Spartans could not get much past Pioneer goalkeeper Joe Willis, who stopped four shots in a scoreless first half.

San Jose State scored first and nabbed a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute on a long Nick Cukar pass that found Josh Boemecke, who shot the ball from the left side and into the box for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.  The Pioneers overcame the deficit in the 62:52 mark, with an Alex Tarnoczi cross to Kellan Christensen, who touch passed it over to Jarod Stigall for the equalizer.

San Jose State continued pushing for the go-ahead goal but kept getting denied by Willis, who made a stop on Boemecke in the 67th minute.  Denver tallied two late goals, one in the 76th minute by Stigall, and one by Christensen in the 87th minute, putting Denver up 3-1.

The Spartans made one last push before the buzzer in the 89th minute, but Willis stopped a shot by Richard Wimsatt.

SJSU will host two MPSF matches starting with UNLV on Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. and New Mexico on Sunday, October 31 at 12:00 p.m.  Sunday's match against New Mexico is a double-header with women's soccer, who will host Boise State at 2:30 p.m.

Score by periods                                       
San Jose State (7-7-2, 1-4-2 MPSF)         0  1  1
Denver University (6-5-4, 3-2-2 MPSF)    0  3  3

Scoring Summary:
San Jose State University:  Josh Boemecke (Nick Cukar), 55:01
Denver University:  Jarod Stigall (Alex Tarnoczi, Kellan Christensen), 62:52
Denver University:  Jarod Stigall (Alex DeCosta, Kellan Christensen), 76:36
Denver University:  Kellan Christensen (Kegan Harkenrider, Jarod Stigall), 87:10

Shots:
San Jose State: 17
Denver: 18

Goalkeeper Saves:
Jonathan Lester (SJSU): 5
Joe Willis (DU): 7

Corner Kicks:
San Jose State: 4
Denver: 4

Fouls:
San Jose State: 15
Denver: 12