Rachel Sollazzo

Spartans Finish Unbeaten In October

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The mission to finish October with an undefeated record is accomplished. Behind a second-half goal by senior Rudi Castro, San Jose State men's soccer took down Houston Baptist, 3-2, to pick up their seventh win of the month and finish with a 7-0-2 record during the stretch. 

The game saw four goals scored in the opening period. Houston Baptist struck first in the 13th minute, but Kasper Poulsgaard connected on a header off a corner to tie the game just three minutes later. After the Huskies scored a go-ahead in the 40th minute, the Spartans punched right back as Miguel Bermudez fired off what initially appeared to be a deep cross, but the ball continued to carry and sailed over the keeper's outstretched hands for the tying score. 

Out of the break, it was all defense for the Spartans as they settled in and kept the Huskies at bay for the remainder of the day. Castro's score in the 63rd minute proved to be all they needed to hold on for the victory. 

First Touches

• During the Spartans' undefeated stretch in October, the team scored 13 goals in the month and allowed only five goals while shutting out five opponents.

• The Spartans put up 25 shots for the second time this weekend, finishing with a 25-14 advantage.

• Sophomore Eric Waltz got the starting nod at goalkeeper, finishing with four saves. The defense didn't make him work much in the second period, turning away multiple good scoring looks with solid play in the box. 

• The Spartans honored their seven seniors prior to the match. Max Allen, Miguel Bermudez, Rudi Castro, Carlos Gomez Zavala, Omar Lemus, Willy Miranda and Danny Sanchez all played their final game in the blue and gold at the Spartan Soccer Complex in the winning effort. 

San Jose State finishes the regular season next weekend with a match at Seattle U on Saturday, November 6, at 7 p.m.