Albuquerque, N.M. - The San Jose State men's soccer team played the No. 1 team in the nation to a 0-0 tie for 87 minutes, but a New Mexico goal at the 87:46 mark was the difference as New Mexico defeated the Spartans 1-0 on Sunday.
The loss leaves San Jose State's record at 8-6-3, 5-4-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play. The New Mexico Lobos, the country's lone unbeaten Division I side, has an overall mark of 15-0-3, 9-0-0 in MPSF action.
The teams played the first half to a 0-0 draw with New Mexico outshooting the Spartans 9-to-8 including 5-to-2 in shots on goal. Nick Cashmere took all of his team-high four shots in the first 45 minutes, with one being on goal. Diego Ochoa was the other Spartan to put a shot on frame in the first half.
In the second half, New Mexico got off nine shots with a header in the 88th minute, by Levi Rossi, being the lone goal of the match. For Rossi, it was his eighth goal of the year. Kyle Venter and Michael Green were credited with assists on the tally.
In the match, the Spartans were outshot 18-to-10. In addition to Cashmere, Ochoa and Steven Sanchez each took two shots and Roberto Casteneda had one in the second half.
San Jose State keeper Jonathan Lester stopped seven of the eight shots that reached him, but took the loss and is now 8-5-3. He moved into sixth place in the San Jose State men's soccer all-time saves list with 209 stops.
San Jose State wraps up regular-season play on Saturday, November 5 at Sacramento State. The MPSF match is scheduled to kickoff at 2:00 p.m. The Spartans will then begin preparation for the MPSF Championship Tournament which runs from November 10-13 at Ciber Field on the campus of Denver University in Denver, Colo.