Men's soccer loses NCAA Tournament match to Cal, 2-0

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Berkeley, Calif.-----Goals by Yohei Fukuda and Kyle Navarro in the first 12 minutes of the match propelled the University of California to a 2-0 win over San Jose State University in a first-round NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship contest.

The loss by the Spartans marked the third time in the last five years that San Jose State reached the NCAA Tournament, but was unable to advance to the championship’s second round. The program's last win in NCAA Tournament play was in 1976.

"We all saw it was a game with two separate and distinct halves. We gave away two soft goals," said Spartan coach Gary St. Clair. "It was rather unfortunate to not score in the second half. We beat the keeper, but couldn’t beat the last defender."

Fukuda scored the game’s first goal at 7:08 as he took a pass from Carl Acosta and grounded a shot past the right arm of San Jose State goalkeeper Tyler Tratten. Less than five minutes later, Kyle Navarro found the net on an unassisted goal.

"We started very strong in the first 30 minutes. We took the game to them and scored two early goals and maybe should have scored a third," said University of California coach Kevin Grimes, whose team posted two wins over the Spartans in 2003.

"They weren’t well-deserved goals, but a goal is a goal. We did our best, but the ball did not fall," said Spartan forward.

San Jose State played without two-time, first-team all-conference midfielder Frank Sanfilippo and forward Johnny Gonzalez, the team’s second leading goal scorer. Both players received red cards in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship game against New Mexico.

The Spartans finished the season with a 12-7-2 record.

San Jose State (12-7-2) 0-0=0
California (11-8-2) 2-0=2

Scoring summary
Cal–Yohei Fukuda (Carl Acosta, Pieter Berger), 7:08
Cal–Kyle Navarro (Unassisted), 11:53

Shots – San Jose State 10, Cal 13.

Goalkeeper saves – San Jose State (Tyler Tratten, 7), California (Mike Oseguera, 3, Team, 1)

Fouls – San Jose State 14, Cal 14.