The win kept the Spartans undefeated in seven overtime games this season, with five wins and two ties. It was also their sixth overtime game away from home in 2005, and fourth straight overtime road win since the conference season began. San Jose State defeated Air Force Friday in double overtime to make this a second overtime win at altitude on the roadtrip.
“We’ve played so many overtime games this season, that with the law of averages, you would think we would lose one at some point,” head coach Gary St. Clair said. “But it’s because of this team’s great character and heart that we have not lost one yet.”
Senior Nelson Diaz's goal three minutes into the first extra period, gave the Spartans the win. Diaz scored off a rebound after slipping through DU's defense. Diaz's first shot ricocheted off goalkeeper Matt Bredehoft's hands, right back to Diaz, who then put it in the goal. It was Diaz’s team-leading eighth goal of the year and fourth of the game-winning variety.
“We had to use several players because of injuries and guys getting knocked out of the game,” St. Clair said. “Denver played a very physical game and our substitute players did a great job, especially Savio Carrijo when he came in and scored for us.”
San Jose State’s Carrijo tallied his first major college goal to open the scoring in the match in the 68th minute. Ismael Ibarra's header off a corner kick hit the post and bounced right to Carrijo, who put the ball into the empty net. Gavin Wenyon was also credited with an assist on the goal.
St. Clair said this roadtrip was a tough one for his team. “This is probably the most difficult roadtrip we make every year, because of the altitude and the challenges presented by the two teams,” he said.
The Pioneers’ Scott Davidson tallied the equalizer in the 73rd minute when he collected a loose ball and beat Spartan goalkeeper Richard Mann. Liam Girard started the play with a free kick that found the head of Denver’s Blake Gaiser, sending the game to overtime.
San Jose State next takes the field at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 pm against No. 2 New Mexico in a rematch after its overtime defeat of the Lobos, 3-2 on Oct. 16.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 OT Total
Denver 0 1 0 1
San Jose State 0 1 1 2
SJSU: Carrijo, 67:16 (Ibarra, Wenyon)
DU: Davidson, 72:15 (Gaiser, Gerard)
SJSU: Diaz, 93:01 (Unassisted)
DU - 2 (Bredehoft-2)
SJSU- 6 (Mann-6)