November 6, 2010
San Jose, Calif.----The San Jose State men's soccer program concluded its 2010 regular-season at home on Saturday, November 6, falling to Sacramento State in overtime, 1-0, in a dominant, one-sided match led by the Spartans. San Jose State outshot Sacramento State 27-12 with 20 shots coming in the second half. The Spartans finish the year at 7-9-3 and 1-6-3 in MPSF play.
"With 20 shots in the second half, you can't ask for more than that," noted head coach Gary St. Clair. "We played so well and our players were not rewarded for it. We did everything but win the game and I am very, very proud of our team. They have a great deal of heart. The fact is we couldn't finish and it's very frustrating."
The Spartans best opportunity to capitalize was on a Steven Sanchez shot that soured past the Hornet keeper and knocked off the far left post at 81:08. Nick Cukar and Nick Cashmere led the Spartans with five shots each.
Senior midfielder Nick Cukar had an opportunity to punch one through for San Jose State midway through the second half, but his shot was fired right into the hands of keeper Cesar Castillo, for the diving save.
"This team got a little unlucky and wasn't able to come up with the result," added Nick Cukar. "We found ourselves in good position to get shots off, but couldn't find the back of the net."
After both teams were held scoreless for 90 minutes, Chris Bettencourt knocked in the game-winning goal with just 1:15 into the overtime period. Gabriel Silveira found Bettencourt in the box with a pass and Bettencourt beat goalkeeper Jonathan Lester to score on an empty net.
The score secured the Hornets the final sixth spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. San Jose State will finish the season in fourth place in the Pacific Division of the MPSF and will not make the trip to Sacramento for the MPSF Tournament.
Both teams were whistled for 12 fouls but yellow cards were issued frequently, with the Spartans being carded four times and the Hornets earning two.
The game marked the final collegiate appearances for the Spartans' veteran quartet of Josh Boemecke, Stephen Cordova, Nick Cukar, and Ricky Dorrego. The foursome combined for 237 matches played, and collectively scored 47 goals and 30 assists.
Score by periods
Sacramento State (7-4-7, 2-2-6 MPSF) 0 0 1 1
San Jose State (7-9-3, 1-6-3 MPSF) 0 0 0 0
San Jose State: 27
Sacramento State: 12
Jonathan Lester (SJSU): 6
Cesar Castillo (SAC): 6
San Jose State: 6
Sacramento State: 1
San Jose State: 12
Sacramento State: 12