Albuquerque, N.M. - The San Jose State University men's soccer team dropped a tough 2-0 decision at Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival and No. 17 New Mexico on Friday, October 6.
The host Lobos got on the scoreboard early on, when Chris Wright, who scored both of New Mexico's goals in the match, headed a ball from 10 yards out past Spartan goalkeeper Richard Mann.
San Jose State and its defense held the Lobos in check for the remainder of the first half and trailed by just a goal at halftime.
The Lobos got the insurance goal from Wright, when in the 53rd minute, he put a rebound shot from Joey Vitagliano, which was blocked by a host of Spartans, past Mann.
Mann made six saves in the match, as the Lobos had 17 shots to the Spartans' four.
San Jose State's record falls to 4-5-1 overall and an even 1-1 in the MPSF. New Mexico, the NCAA national runner-up in 2005, improves to 7-3-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Spartans will try to even their record and gain another three points in the MPSF standings when they conclude their season-long five-game road stretch on Sunday, October 8, at UNLV. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
San Jose State returns to Spartan Stadium on Thursday, October 12, when it hosts Denver University in a critical conference tilt. Kick-off for the match against the Pioneers is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
San Jose State (4-5-1, 1-1 MPSF) - 0 0 - 0
#17 New Mexico (7-3-2, 2-1 MPSF) - 1 1 - 2
UNM - Chris Wright (3) (Zach Tierney, Andrew Boyens), 8:22
UNM - Chris Wright (4) (Joey Vitagliano), 52:43
SJSU - 4
UNM - 17
SJSU - 6 (Richard Mann-6)
UNM - 2 (Mike Graczyk-2)
SJSU - 3
UNM - 6
SJSU - 10
UNM - 9