Santa Clara shuts out men's soccer in rivalry series opener

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The San Jose State University men’s soccer team was held to just three shots in a 2-0 shutout loss to cross-town rival Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium Thursday night. The loss gives the Broncos an advantage in the newly formed rivalry series.

The Broncos (3-1-0) scored both goals against Spartans (2-4-0) in the first half and held the San Jose State offense to just three shots in the game and one lone shot in the first frame.

“I’m really disappointed in the way we played tonight,” said Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair. “In my 13 years here I have never experienced this many injuries to the team and it makes it impossible to be able to compete at the level we are used too.”

Will Weatherly caught the Spartan net minder Eddie Dominguez off balance and was easily able to sneak the ball in net in the 17th minute. Ryan Wolfe headed in the final goal of the night off a corner kick from Jason Cunliffe in the 32nd minute.

The Broncos outshot the Spartans 16-3 and allowed just two shots on goal. For San Jose State, Dominguez (0-3-0) finished the game with five saves. The Broncos Steve Cronin (3-1-0) recorded the win with one save in just over 80 minutes. Kent Harkness finished the game in goal recording one save on two shots faced.

The win gives the Broncos a lead in the newly formed rivalry series between the two schools in direct competition. Points are awarded for victories in the 13 sports Santa Clara and San Jose State compete. The winner will be named after the final event in each academic year.

San Jose State continues on the road against UC Irvine this Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. match. The Spartans continue on the road with a 7:00 p.m. match at Cal Poly on Thursday, Sept. 26 before returning home to host Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.