Men's soccer dominates UNLV, 3-0

San Jose, Calif. - Three different Spartans scored as San Jose State University dominated UNLV, 3-0, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men’s soccer match on Thursday afternoon, October 26, at Spartan Field.

San Jose State took an early lead at the 17:55 mark when Colby Moore scored his team-leading third goal of the season off an assist from Ed Brand. Moore, a freshman out of Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, received a through ball from Brand and beat Rebel goalkeeper Calvin Bailey with a laser over his right shoulder. For Brand, it was his first assist of the season.

The Spartans took the 1-0 advantage into the halftime break, and came out firing to start the second half of play. Just under eight minutes into the half, Hiroki Akiyama tied Moore for the team lead in goals with his third of the season, on a nifty cross from the left. Assists went to both Julio Gonzalez and Daniel Perez.

San Jose State added to the rout nearly 12 minutes later when Gonzalez scored his first goal as a Spartan to give him his first multi-point game of his career. After entering at the half with fresh legs, Gonzalez got an assist from Savio Carrijo and beat his defender on a breakaway before slotting the ball home past Bailey.

“The goal was a long time coming,” said Gonzalez. “Savio made a nice pass ahead of me, and I had enough speed to get by the last defender. The coaches like to put me in later in the game to put the finishing touch on the game, and I’m happy I was able to do that for our team today.”

The match was never in doubt, as the Spartans outshot the Rebels, 23-6, in the contest. San Jose State goalkeeper Richard Mann stopped the only shot he saw on net to earn his ninth career shutout and move into a tie for seventh on the school’s all-time shutouts list.

“Everyone did an excellent job today,” said Mann. “We bounced back after a tough weekend in Colorado. The defense did a great job in front of me, as I didn’t have to work very hard back there today.”

The Spartans also had nine corner kicks to the Rebels’ three, as their record evens to 4-4 in MPSF play and 7-8-1 overall. UNLV remains winless at 0-13-2 overall and 0-7 in the conference.

“We know that we cannot get first place,” said Mann. “But we want to close the season out with two more wins, and have a shot at second place in this tough league. It would be a great finish for such a young team like ours.”

San Jose State next hosts ninth-ranked New Mexico this Sunday, October 29, at Spartan Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
UNLV (0-13-2, 0-7 MPSF) - 0 0 - 0
San Jose State (7-8-1, 4-4 MPSF) - 1 2 - 3

Scoring
SJSU - Colby Moore (3) (Ed Brand), 17:55
SJSU - Hiroki Akiyama (3) (Julio Gonzalez, Daniel Perez), 52:49
SJSU - Julio Gonzalez (1) (Savio Carrijo), 63:36

Shots
UNLV - 6
SJSU - 23

Goalkeeper Saves
UNLV - 10 (Calvin Bailey-10)
SJSU - 1 (Richard Mann-1)

Corner Kicks
UNLV - 3
SJSU - 9

Fouls
UNLV - 19
SJSU - 6