Red-hot Spartan men's soccer tallies sixth win in a row to remain perfect in MPSF contests

The Spartans have rallied around
captain Frank Sanfilippo and
are getting hot for the postseason.
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SAN JOSE, Calif.—The San Jose State University men’s soccer team continues to find whatever it takes to win after notching the team’s sixth consecutive victory with a 2-1 win over visiting UNLV in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday night at Spartan Stadium. Both teams entered the match with a 3-0 conference record.

"This team has an infectious spirit," remarked Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair. "They won’t let themselves be outplayed. They are very fit and enjoy playing as a group. They will run themselves into the ground if that’s what it takes to win."

The Spartans (10-7-0, 4-0-0 MPSF) took an early lead on a Tony Chang goal in the 14th minute. The Rebels (11-6-0, 3-1-0) answered back three minutes later when Alex Hernandez tied the game with a shot that sailed over the wall and into the goal off a free kick.

San Jose State took the lead for good after Andiry Budnny notched a goal off a centering feed from Frank Sanfilippo to Chang to Budnyy. The Spartans had many missed opportunities missing four open-net shots just wide.

"You can see in the last four games how big we play in the second half," added St. Clair. "It has a lot to do with Frank (Sanfilippo). Its his team, the team has his imprint and his spirit and that is why they are so successful."

With New Mexico topping Sacramento State in an earlier game and UNLV’s defeat at San Jose State, the Spartans and Lobos remain to only two undefeated teams in the MPSF and both have a 4-0 conference record. The teams match-up in the Spartans final home game of the season Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m.


Goals By Period 1 2 F
UNLV 1 0 1
SJSU 1 1 2

Time Team Goal Scorer Assist(s)
1. 13:05 SJSU Chang, Tony Gaines, Kohta
2. 19:06 UNLV Hernandez, Alex Unassisted
3. 48:25 SJSU Budnyy, Andiry Sanfilippo, Frank; Chang, Tony

SHOTS (On Goal)
UNLV – 5 (2)
SJSU – 20 (7)

UNLV – 5 (Dennis, Justin)
SJSU – 1 (Dominguez, Eddie)