Sept. 11, 2008
San Jose - San Jose State's Nick Cuckar scored a breakaway goal in the 105th minute to send USF to a 1-0 loss Wednesday night at Spartan Stadium. The Dons (0-3-0) drop their third straight match decided by one goal as the Spartans (2-0-1) remain unbeaten on the year after beating San Francisco for the first time since 2003.
San Jose State held a 7-4 shot edge in the first half, but the Dons preserved the shutout due to a pair of critical saves from senior goalkeeper Jeremy Coupe. Junior forward Conor Chinn paced San Francisco with two shots in the opening period. USF did press the attack and attempted five corner kicks.
"It's a very disappointing loss," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "Obviously we are in a scoring drought and that is a concern for us. We have defended well but we have not created enough scoring chances. There are no excuses."
USF trailed in the final shot tally 17-15. Chinn led the way with five shots while junior midfielder Jonathan Levy, senior midfielder Kyle Schlumpf and Justin Warren fired all fired a pair. The Dons also held an 11-6 corner kick advantage.
San Jose played a man down for the last 34 minutes of regulation and through the overtime period as Colby Moore was sent off on a red card. It was a charged, physical match featuring 41 total fouls six cautions and one ejection.
Coupe suffered the loss for the Dons, securing four saves. Lewis Sweeney registered the shutout for the Spartans and did not record a save. Hiroki Akiyama tallied a game-high six shots for SJSU.
USF welcomes Stanford to the Hilltop Sunday, September 14 for its 2008 home opener. Match time against the Cardinal is set for 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium.