Men's soccer takes on No. 2 New Mexico, UNLV in 2005's final homestand

San Jose, Calif.---The first place Spartan men's soccer team takes on No. 2 New Mexico Friday, Nov. 4 at Spartan Stadium at 7 p.m. in a rematch of their earlier confrontation in New Mexico in which the Spartans defeated the Lobos 3-2 in overtime. The Lobos' only loss of the season came against the Spartans. Then, Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. the Spartans play their final home match of 2005 against UNLV. The 2005 seniors will be honored with their families prior to kick-off. For more information on the Spartan men's soccer team, check out this week's notes by clicking on the PDF link.

THIS WEEK: Spartans in Mountain Pacific Sports Action at Home San Jose State vs. #2 New Mexico (12-1-1, 4-1-1) Nov. 4 at Spartan Stadium at 7 p.m. San Jose State vs. UNLV (2-13-0, 0-6-0) Nov. 6 at Spartan Stadium at 1 p.m.

Senior Day 2005 Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. vs. UNLV Nelson Diaz, Darrin Domingo, Johnny Gonzalez, Dan Oka, Dylan Pender, and Marvin Sorto will be recognized on the field with their families before kick-off

LAST WEEK: Spartans Defeat Air Force 1-0, Denver 2-1 on the road

AT Air Force: The Spartan men’s soccer team defeated the Air Force Falcons 1-0 in doubleovertime on a penalty kick by freshman defender Ed Brand. The win keeps the Spartans in first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings. The win evened the Spartans’ series with the Falcons after they lost to Air Force 3-2 at Spartan Field last Friday, Oct. 21

AT Denver: San Jose State’s Savio Carrijo scored his first goal of the season and the match's first goal in the 67th minute. Ismael Ibarra's header off a corner kick hit the post and bounced right to Carrijo who put the ball into the empty net. Gavin Wenyon was also credited with an assist on the goal. Senior Nelson Diaz' goal three minutes into overtime gave the Spartans the win. Diaz scored off a rebound after slipping through DU's defense. Diaz' first shot ricocheted off goalkeeper Matt Bredehoft’shands right back to Diaz who then put it in the goal. It was Diaz’s team-leading eighth goal of the year.

New Mexico defeated UNLV Saturday, Oct. 29- The then No. 2 Lobos’ only loss of the season came against San Jose State when the Spartans defeated them 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 16 on the road. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the No. 2 Lobos dominated UNLV with a 4-0 win in Las Vegas, Nev., The Lobos improved to 12-1-1 on the year and are in second place in the MPSF with a 4-1-1 mark in league play.

The UNLV Rebels fell to 2-13-0 and 0-6-0 in the MPSF. In their first match with the Spartans in Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 14, the Spartans prevailed 3-2 in a tough overtime win.

Ismael Ibarra was named MPSF Player of the Week the week following those two road wins, on Oct. 17, for his offensive leadership in guiding the Spartans to the two 3-2 overtime MPSF conference road wins. Ibarra produced two goals and three assists over the weekend to keep the Spartans undefeated in MPSF action. After coming off the bench against UNLV, Ibarra scored the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal in overtime and followed that with a start and assists on both the game-tying and game-winning goals in victory over the Lobos.