Men's soccer loses in final minute of double-overtime

Francisco Martinez scored his
first goal of the season Friday.
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SAN JOSE, Calif.—In a bizarre ending to a close, physical match the San Jose State University men’s soccer team lost on an own goal in the final minute of double-overtime to visiting Alabama A&M Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

With less than a minute on the clock and a potential tie on, the Bulldogs (4-0-1) were setting up for a free kick just outside the penalty box. The Spartans (2-2) were able to stop the initial shot, but the ball rattled of the Spartan defenders and into the team’s own net.

The teams took a 2-2 tie into the second period of regulation and into overtime. With one 10-minute overtime period over and the score still tied, the teams headed for the final overtime period of the match. If the score remained tied at the end of the second overtime, the game would be recorded as a draw.

It was San Jose State to get on the board first. Junior Francisco Martinez scored from right outside the near side of goalie box after freshman Randy Poggio recovered a deflected shot at the 7:31 mark.

The next three goals were all scored in less than 10 minutes. Alabama A&M scored two consecutive goals. The first came at 22:47 when Abdou Manneh was able to wrangle a deflected ball past Spartan goalkeeper Eddie Dominguez of Keston Lewis’ pass. At 29:09 the Bulldogs beat Dominguez again with Lewis scoring, with assists credited to Mujib Kasule and Allan Kakooza.

The Bulldogs lead lasted less than a minute when sophomore defender Rawlston Masaniai drove the ball upfield to find Poggio at the top of the penalty box. Poggio juked the Bulldogs goalkeep and was able to roll past him and find the net at 29:50.

Combined, both teams were charged with 57 fouls. San Jose State had 26 and Alabama A&M had 31. San Jose State had a 16+-12 edge on shots, but the Bulldogs had a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal. Each goalkeeper recorded four saves in just over 109 minutes played.

San Jose State will head to USF for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Dons on Sunday, September 15. The Team will play four road games before hosting Loyola Marymount on September 29 for a 5:00 p.m. start at Spartan Stadium.