San Jose, Calif. The San Jose State University men’s soccer team recorded its third straight overtime game on Sunday, November 4. The Spartans fell to the Pioneers of Denver, 2-1, following a hard-fought Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. The loss drops San Jose State’s record to 8-8-0 on the season and 3-4-0 in the conference while the Pioneers improve to 8-4-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the MPSF.
Both teams opened with goals midway through the first half. Denver took the early lead with a goal at the 19:45 mark. Kyle Christensen collected a deflection off of the Spartans’ goalkeeper, Lewis Sweeney, and took a shot on the open net to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Collin Audley picked up the assist on the play with the initial shot on goal.
The Spartans responded a minute later with a goal by senior Ismael Ibarra on Senior Day at Spartan Stadium. Nick Cukar picked up the assist as he found a streaking Ibarra on the left side. Ibarra dribbled down the left side and blasted the ball into the top left corner to tie the game at 1-1.
The Pioneers and Spartans were scoreless through the remainder of the game. Denver was given a free opportunity to take the lead with a penalty kick early in the second half. Ryan Aweida took the shot for the Pioneers, but Sweeney made an outstanding diving save to his right to keep the game tied at 1-1.
San Jose State took a total of 11 shots in the game, including five in the second half. Ibarra led the team in shots with four. Denver’s Matt Bredehoft made seven saves in goal. Sweeney tallied seven as well, bringing his save total to 40 this season.
Prior to the game, the Spartans honored their class of 2007 senior. Savio Carrijo, Ibarra, Julio Gonzalez and Jacob Morrison each received recognition for their contributions to the San Jose State men’s soccer program.
The Spartans will be in action again on the road this weekend as they take on New Mexico and UNLV.
Denver (8-4-3, 4-1-2) vs. San Jose State (8-8-0, 3-4-0)
Date: Nov 04, 2007 Attendance:
Goals by period 1 2 OT Tot
Denver.............. 1 0 1 - 2
San Jose State...... 1 0 0 - 1
1. 19:45 DEN Kyle Christensen (Collin Audley) - shot by 22 off gk hands over head, open shot for 10
2. 20:45 SJSU IBARRA, Ismael (CUKAR, Nick) - pass up from 13, 9 charged down left side,blasted ball in left corner
3. 94:39 DEN Collin Audley (Jacob Chase) - 7 passed from 20 yards out - shot from 13 yards out on right corner
Shots: Denver 14, San Jose State 11
Saves: Denver 7 (Matt Bredehoft 7), San Jose State 7 (SWEENEY, Lewis 7)