San Jose, Calif. - Six San Jose State men's soccer seniors played their final game in Spartan Stadium in a 3-0 win over Seattle University (3-13-1, 1-8-1 MPSF) on Saturday night.
The six, Dylan Murphy, Steven Sanchez, Edwin Velazquez, Christian Romero, Diego Ochoa and Nick Murphy, all earned the start in the Spartans final match before next week's MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament.
"I feel like a very special part of my life is coming to an end," Nick Murphy said. "It's time to move on. I've had mine and now other people will get to have their time. Every single game in this stadium has been great and this win was a great way to go out."
The Spartans dominated the first half's offensive statistics, outshooting Seattle 10-to-2. The Redhawks got the match's first shot, but San Jose State took the next six. On the team's seventh attempt, they broke through.
Enrique Montano, netted his first goal of the year at the 28:38 mark. Ochoa bent a corner kick into the box where Montano soared above the defense and headed it to the far post. It was his first goal of the season, Ochoa's second assist and it gave San Jose State a 1-0 lead.
"I've learned so much in my time here," Ochoa said. "I've made a lot of good friends. Tonight everyone gave their all and we came out with a 3-0 win. This what we wanted to take to New Mexico next week."
The Spartans, looking for an insurance goal, got it on their first shot of the second half. Frankie Beauchamp hit a long throughball from the left side of the field to a streaking Jonathan Salceda down the right sideline. He turned the corner and from close on the right wing hammered the ball to the far post, at the 52:32 mark. It was his sixth goal of the year.
Just over two minutes later Dylan Murphy, in his last game in Spartan Stadium, put San Jose State up 3-0. Salceda, with the ball in the right corner, passed it into Murphy who was eight yards off the goal line. He shot the ball right at the Seattle keeper who deflected it onto the near post. It then trickled over the goal line.
"It feels great (to win) and in a way it's sad because this is the last time we are playing on our home field," Murphy said. "My goal was a bit cheeky...going off the post. But, we have good momentum going into the tournament."
The Redhawks, who would end up being outshot 14-to-9, had more shots than San Jose State in the second half with their best opportunity to score coming in the 79th minute.
Austin Sweeney had a free kick from 35 yards out which he put into the box. Tyler Hanson headed it on toward the goal, but Michael Schwinn came off his line and punched the shot away. It was one of four saves for Schwinn on the night as he improved his record to 5-7-1 and earned his second clean sheet of the campaign.
Sanchez, the team's leading scorer, took two shots in the match and reflected on his four years in Spartan blue and gold, "Amazing....it's crazy how time flies. With anything you have your ups and downs, but tonight's performance was special. We did it in front of our families and everyone got to be out there."
Velazquez had this to say about his experience at San Jose State, "I've had a great two years here. This was a great result, but we're not done yet. We have at least one more game and hopefully more."
San Jose State, the #5 seed, will face the #4 seed Denver Pioneers in the quarterfinals of 2012 MPSF Men's Soccer Tournament on Thursday, November 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M.
"It seems as if time flew by," Romero said after his final home match. "I'm going to miss this (stadium). I've come out here to practice so many times and now it's close to being over.
"We are really confident going into the Tournament. We lost to Denver at their place, so there is a bit of revenge on our minds. We have nothing to lose, so I expect us to go all out and keep this winning streak alive."