Spartan Offense Shines At Saint Mary's

MORAGA, Calif. - San José State scored both early and late on Monday with strikes from Kasper Poulsgaard and Max Allen but a tough Saint Mary's side added two goals in the final two minutes to come away with a 4-2 victory.

The Spartans were playing their second road match in less than 48 hours against teams receiving top-25 votes. Head coach Simon Tobin's team shutout No. 20 Stanford on Saturday before making the trip to Moraga. 

  • The San José State attack struck early to gain a quick advantage. In the match's seventh minute, senior Carlos Gomez-Zavala delivered a perfect cross in front of the net to a streaking Poulsgaard. With one touch, Poulsgaard chipped the ball across his body and into the back of the net for his first career goal. 

  • Trailing 2-1 in the contest's waning moments, junior Julian Boyce was able to draw a foul just beyond the box. That set up a prime free kick opportunity for Allen, who looped a shot over a wall of five Gael defenders and into the upper right corner of the net. 

  • San José State ended the night with eight shots (four on frame). 
  • Senior Omar Lemus led the team with a trio of attempts, two of which were put on goal. 
  • Poulsgaard, Allen, Kameron Bolden and Josh Redfield each played the full 90 on Monday. 
  • Freshman Sebastian Ruiz-Hurst (22 minutes off the bench) and Coastal Carolina transfer Andres Rivera (19 minutes) both saw significant action as they made their debuts in Spartan kits. 

The Spartans will look to return to their winning ways when they host UC San Diego on Thursday at Spartan Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. against the Tritons.