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Spartans Score Twice In Home Opener

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A dramatic comeback that saw both Willy Miranda and Omar Lemus score their second goals of the season ultimately fell short as San José State fell 3-2 to Sacramento State on Thursday night.

For the second time in as many matches, a resilient Spartan side erased a halftime deficit with a pair of second stanza scores. 


  • Miranda scored the team's first goal of the night in the 64th minute, finishing a wild sequence that started with a Kameron Bolden shot off the crossbar. Bolden redirected the rebound off his head to the foot of Miranda, who calmly fired a bullet past the Hornet keeper.

  • It was Lemus who scored just six minutes later to level the scoreline at 2-2. Starting with a corner kick played short, it was Miranda and senior Max Allen who used some fancy footwork on the edge of the pitch before delivering a perfect cross into the box. The ball then found the head of a streaking Lemus and was promptly put into the back of the net to tie the match. 
  • San José State ended the night with a 14-8 advantage in shots (6-4 in shots on goal).
  • Miranda led all players with three shots on the night. Lemus and fellow senior Finlay Wood each took two. 

The Spartans will look to return to their winning ways when they host UC Davis on Sunday at Spartan Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. against the Aggies.