San Jose, Calif.---The first-place San Jose State University men's soccer team tied UNLV 2-2 in double overtime Sunday, November 6, in its final home game of the 2005 season. The Spartans fell to 10-5-3 overall and 6-2-1 in the MPSF while the Rebels garnered their first point of the current conference campaign by improving to 2-14-1 overall and 0-7-1 in the MPSF.
"The game was disappointing, especially on Senior Day," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "It was a tough weekend overall for us, but I'm proud of these guys. They still play with a lot of heart and I'm as proud of them now as I have ever been."
The Spartans got up early with goals by forward Johnny Gonzalez at 10:17 and 19:04 in the first half. It was Gonzalez's fourth and fifth goals of the season. The Rebels came back late with goals from Rod Dyachenko and Martin Kenny at 79:30 and 88:27 of the second half. Neither team was able to capitalize on opportunities over the two 10-minute overtime periods, leaving the final score tied.
"We started off great in the first half, and that motivated us for the second half," said Gonzalez, who finished with a game-high 11 shots. "My two goals felt great, especially with them coming on Senior Day. We had our chances, but we just didn't capitalize on them."
Senior defender Dylan Pender was among the six seniors honored with their families before the start of the game. Gonzalez, forward Nelson Diaz, defender Darrin Domingo, and midfielders Dan Oka and Martin Sorto were also recognized prior to playing in their final home game at Spartan Stadium.
"Today, we just couldn't close out the game," Pender said. "No team (UNLV) wants to lose all of its games. They've been unfortunate a lot of times this year, and today they finally got a break. It's disappointing, but now we're just focusing on Sacramento State and trying to make it to the playoffs."
San Jose State remained two points clear of second-ranked New Mexico in the latest Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings, with 19 points. The Lobos also settled for a tie, 1-1, at Sacramento State on Sunday, and are now at 17 points. San Jose State has one conference game remaining, and can finish with as many as 22 points. New Mexico, with two games to go, has a maximum of 23 possible points. The team with the greatest point total at the end of regular-season play, earns the MPSF's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans wrap up the regular season on Sunday, November 13, at Hornet Field in Sacramento, Calif., against Sacramento State. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.
SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 OT O2 TOT
UNLV (2-14-1, 0-7-1 MPSF) 0 2 0 0 - 2
San Jose State (10-5-3, 6-2-1 MPSF) 2 0 0 0 - 2
SJSU Johnny Gonzalez (Nelson Diaz, Daniel Perez), 10:17
SJSU - Johnny Gonzalez (Marvin Sorto), 19:04
UNLV - Rod Dyachenko (Mason Trafford), 79:30
UNLV - Martin Kenny (Nicholas Paterson), 88:27
UNLV - 21
SJSU - 36
UNLV - 10 (Peter Clitheroe-10)
SJSU - 4 (Richard Mann-4)
UNLV - 2
SJSU - 7
UNLV - 14
SJSU - 11