San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State men's soccer team controlled the final 20 minutes of play, outshooting the New Mexico Lobos 5-to-0, but couldn't find the back of the net and lost 1-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play on Friday night in Spartan Stadium.
"It was a great effort by our boys all the way around," head coach Gary St. Clair said. "We only slowed down in bit toward the end of the first half, but the way we fought, against a very good team, I couldn't be happier."
Trailing 0-1 at the 70:25 mark, Spartan (6-8-1, 3-4-1 MPSF) Mauricio Murillo hammered a shot from nine-yards out on the left side that was blocked over the back line. Off the ensuing corner kick, Enrique Montano's header, at the top of the six, went just over the crossbar.
In the 82nd minute a Murillo header sailed high. But just a minute later, at the 82:52 mark, what seemed to be a goal-scoring shot by Montano was again clipped by a defender over the end line.
Continuing to pressure the Lobos defense, Diego Ochoa's free kick from the far left wing was stopped by Lobos keeper Victor Rodriguez at the 87:44 mark.
"We were incredibly unlucky not to have gotten an equalizer," St. Clair. "There's a lot of other stuff that goes on in a game. Some of it works in your favor and some works against you. Tonight more of the "against you" went against us. On Sunday we'll get back out here and get three points against Houston Baptist."
The only goal of the match came in the 33rd minute. Following a scrum for the ball in the Spartans' six-yard box, New Mexico's Levi Rossi found himself with the ball. He touched it back to Kyle Venter who, from 12 yards out, slotted it to the far post for a 1-0 Lobos advantage.
Michael Schwinn made four saves for the San Jose State on the night to Rodriguez's one. The Lobos out shot the Spartans 15-to-6 on the night. Montano led San Jose State with three shots. Michael Calderon had four for New Mexico.
The Spartans next match is Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m. against Houston Baptist in Spartan Stadium.