Freshman Eric Mendez lifted San Jose State to another upset at the Western Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, scoring the only goal of Friday’s game against Cal State Bakersfield to lift the Spartans to a 1-0 win.
The Spartans lost twice to the Roadrunners in the regular season, 4-3 at home and 1-0 in Bakersfield.
Now, the Spartans get No. 1 seed Seattle, a team that beat the Spartans to close out the conference season, 1-0.
In other San Jose State sports news …
- The San Jose State men’s basketball team opened the NIU Invitational with a late loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 64-61. The Spartans (0-2) missed two 3-point attempts in the final six seconds to fall Friday. Rashad Muhammad led San Jose State with 17 points off the bench, and three other Spartans finished in double figures (Jalen James 12; Jaleel Williams 11; Brandon Mitchell 10.)
Free throws were the difference in this one. The two teams were both bad from the field, with Milwaukee shooting 19 for 51 and San Jose State going 21 for 54 from the field; the Spartans were 11 for 17 from the free throw line, while Milwaukee made 19 of its 30 attempts. Next is Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. Saturday.
- The good news for the San Jose State women’s basketball team Friday? Ta’Rea Cunnigan had 22 points and reached the 1,000 point plateau for her career. The down side? The Spartans got hammered by UC Riverside 105-74. San Jose State had a poor shooting night, making just 36.5 percent of its shots and not getting nearly enough stops on defense. The Highlanders led by 20 at the half.
- San Jose State’s volleyball team takes on Boise State on Saturday night at 6 p.m.