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SDSU Men's Soccer Falls In Double Overtime To Spartans, 2-1

David Dally scored his first career goal as an Aztec
David Dally scored his first career goal as an Aztec

Oct. 29, 2004

Final Stats

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State took San Jose State to a pair of overtimes, but was unable to come away with a victory, losing 2-1 Friday afternoon. The Spartans improve to 4-4 in the MPSF (5-9-1 overall), while the Aztecs drop to 2-5 in conference play (2-11-2 overall).

"I think this team continues to do all they can with the odds against them," SDSU head coach Lev Kirshner said. "The fact that we were able to send the game to overtime, despite all the injuries and sickness on our team, shows what this squad is made of. I really can't be any more proud of the effort that they are showing."

SDSU struck first in the 36th minute of the opening period off a corner kick play when Matt Couch received the ball and passed it out to Kraig Chiles, who found freshman David Dally alone on the far side of the box, allowing Dally to tally the score from five yards out.

"David (Dally) has really proven himself to be a big part of this program," Kirshner said. "Despite being a walk-on, we have counted on him to come off the bench and give our team good effort."

San Jose State wouldn't wait long to find the equalizer as Spartan Johnny Gonzalez stole a ball from an Aztec defender off a long ball from keeper Daniel Benton in the 38th minute, then dribbled in the box and put the score past SDSU keeper Tally Hall.

The two teams played an even second half and first overtime period until San Jose State's Frank Mata intercepted a free ball along the line and, despite being heavily defended, moved the ball to 12 yards from the net and put in the game-winner (103:44).

For the game, the Spartans outshot the Aztecs (17-13) and attempted more corner kicks (4-2).

In addition to Dally, junior Matt Couch and sophomore Colin Jennings caught the eye of Kirshner.

"Matt Couch and Colin Jennings were excellent again today at center back," Kirshner said. "They settled the ball down and gave us a chance."

SDSU plays its next-to-last home game of the year Sunday as the Aztecs host Sacramento State in a 2 p.m. game.