Seattle, Wash. - Oscar Yniguez shot into the lower right corner from 10 yards out with just 6:35 left in regulation to send the first-place San Jose State University men's soccer team to its seventh consecutive victory, 1-0, over host Seattle University in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Championship Field on Sunday afternoon, October 25.
Now unbeaten over eight straight games (7-0-1), San Jose State improves to 9-6-1 overall and a still-perfect 4-0 in the MPSF. This is the Spartans' first 4-0 start to the league slate since 2003. They remain tied atop the conference standings with area rival Sacramento State, a 3-1 winner at Cal State Bakersfield in other Sunday action. The Spartans have also won four in row away from San Jose after an 0-6 road start to the 2009 campaign. Seattle, a second successive first-year MPSF opponent for the Spartans, drops to 2-10-1 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Yniguez, a sophomore attacking central midfielder out of Redwood City, Calif., and Woodside High School, came off the bench to notch his fourth goal of the year at the 83:25 mark, serving as his first collegiate game-winner. It came, in fact, on San Jose State's very first shot attempt of the second half, following a give-and-go with fourth-year senior teammate Colby Moore. Moore, a Los Gatos product out of Bellarmine College Prep who led the league with a career-high eight assists in 2008, earned credit for his second helper of the year.
Yniguez also put his signature on the only other Spartan shot after halftime, his header being saved by SeattleU goalkeeper Ivan Dizdar with under a minute to go.
The result marked a fourth 1-0 triumph for the Spartans in 2009, all coming over their last six matches. San Jose State is without a blemish for the month of October, now at 7-0, and, along with the Spartan women's team, has extended out a combined 21-match unbeaten run.
In the net, sophomore transfer Jonathan Lester made five saves to notch his seventh individual shutout for San Jose State.
The Spartans were out-shot by the Redhawks on the day, 17-8, including 9-2 over the final 45 minutes. Moore, Yniguez, Nick Cukar and Omri Brinner each provided a pair of attempts toward the team total. Brinner, a redshirt freshman out of Jerusalem, Israel, drew his first collegiate start while making just his fifth appearance in a Spartan uniform, as a central holding midfielder, in place of junior teammate Josh Boemecke, who was serving a one-match suspension due to a red card he received late in Friday night's 4-2 victory at Cal State Bakersfield.
Dizdar stopped four shots in the SeattleU net. Ed Walugembe had game highs of eight shots, with three attempts on goal. He had back-to-back efforts turned away first by Lester, then by a Spartan defender, in the 79th and 81st minutes, respectively. The Redhawks also had a first-half goal disallowed due to a foul call.
The Spartans return to San Jose late Sunday night, for two final home matches for the 2009 season inside Spartan Stadium next weekend. San Jose State, undefeated at 5-0-1 at home, hosts UNLV on Friday night, October 30, as the second part of a Spartan Soccer doubleheader, following the women's game against rival Fresno State at 5:00 p.m.
San Jose State (9-6-1, 4-0 MPSF) - 0 1 - 1
Seattle (2-10-1, 1-3 MPSF) - 0 0 - 0
SJSU - Oscar Yniguez (4) (Colby Moore), 83:25
SJSU - 8
SU - 17
SJSU - 5 (Jonathan Lester-5)
SU - 4 (Ivan Dizdar-4)
SJSU - 3
SU - 2
SJSU - 14
SU - 15