Men's soccer wins fourth straight; second double-overtime win in a row, 2-1 over San Diego State

Frank Mata scored his third goal
of the season.
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San Diego, Calif.-----Frank Mata scored in the second overtime for San Jose State University as the Spartans defeated San Diego State, 2-1, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men’s soccer match.

San Jose State’s (5-9-1, 4-4 MPSF) victory was its fourth in a row, second straight double-overtime win in a five-day span and first triumph away from home this season. Presently, the Spartans have the longest winning streak in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. San Jose State is at the .500 mark in the conference standings for the first time this season.

"This win was well, well deserved. Our players played extremely well. We completely dominated them in terms of possession time and shots," said San Jose State coach Gary St. Clair. "We’ve won four straight and continue to play extremely well."

The Spartans fell behind 1-0 when San Diego State’s Dan Dally opened the scoring at 36:45. San Jose State’s Johnny Gonzalez quickly tied the game less than two minutes later as he stole a ball from an Aztec defender, dribbled in the box and put the ball past SDSU keeper Tally Hall.

Mata’s game-winner occurred after he intercepted a free ball along the line and, despite being heavily defended, moved the ball to 12 yards from the net and drove home the game-winner. It was his third goal of the season.

"We’re looking forward to going to Las Vegas and getting a different result from the last time around," the Spartan coach added.

San Jose State concludes its road trip, Sunday, October 31, when it faces UNLV in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. The Rebels, who beat the Spartans 1-0 in San Jose, are the last team to defeat San Jose State.

Scoring 1 2 1OT 2OT Total
San Jose State (5-9-1, 4-4 MPSF) 1 0 0 1 2
San Diego State (2-11-2, 2-5-1 MPSF) 1 0 0 0 1

SDSU – David Dally (Robbie Diaz, Matt Couch), 36:45
SJSU – Johnny Gonzalez (Unassisted), 38:01
SJSU – Frank Mata (Unassisted), 103:44

Shots – San Jose State 18, San Diego State 13

Goalkeeper saves – San Jose State (Daniel Benton, 2), San Diego State (Tally Hall 2)

Fouls – San Jose State 17, San Diego State 18

Corner kicks – San Jose State 4, San Diego State 2