San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men's soccer team out-shot the University of New Mexico, 20-8, and had numerous legitimate opportunities to find a winner, but allowed an overtime goal to suffer a second straight 1-0 defeat in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action this weekend on Senior Day at Spartan Stadium on Sunday afternoon, November 1.
With a second consecutive loss on the heels of an eight-match unbeaten streak, San Jose State falls to 9-8-1 overall and 4-2 in the MPSF. The Spartans are no longer in contention for either the MPSF regular-season crown, or the top seed at the MPSF Tournament later this month, but could still attain a number-two seed and subsequent first-round bye at the event. New Mexico, the winner of four out of the last five conference titles, and six of eight, improves to 10-6 overall and moves into a second-place tie with the Spartans at 4-2 in league play.
The lone goal of the match came off the foot of Lobo senior Stephen Brown at 96:25, just under six and a half minutes into the first of two potential sudden-victory overtime periods. Standout defender Simon Ejdemyr hit a free kick down the left flank that fellow senior Justin Davis flicked with his head onto Brown's path. Brown raced onto it as he entered the penalty area on the left side, and put a hard and accurate shot past a sprawled-out Jonathan Lester and into the right side of the goal for his fourth strike of the season.
Lester wound up with three saves on the afternoon. Redshirt freshman Justin Holmes made a total of seven stops, several of them of the acrobatic and difficult variety, in the Lobo net.
Redshirt sophomore midfielder and San Jose native Justin Castro had a game- and career-high seven shots in the contest, with two of them on target. In his final home appearance, senior midfielder and team co-captain Nick Cukar added three attempts. Cukar, fellow fourth-year Spartan Colby Moore, and fifth-year members Brian McGuire and co-captain Oscar Monjaras, were recognized prior to kick-off. All four player started the match, having combined now for 252 appearances and 196 starts in a San Jose State uniform.
San Jose State closes out the regular-season portion of its 2009 schedule next Saturday afternoon, November 7, against MPSF-leading Sacramento State (9-5-2, 5-0-1 MPSF). Kick-off at Hornet Soccer Field is slated for 2:30 p.m.
New Mexico (10-6, 4-2 MPSF) - 0 0 1 - 1
San Jose State (9-8-1, 4-2 MPSF) - 0 0 0 - 0
UNM - Stephen Brown (4) (Justin Davis, Simon Ejdemyr), 96:25
UNM - 8
SJSU - 20
UNM - 7 (Justin Holmes-7)
SJSU - 3 (Jonathan Lester-3)
UNM - 4
SJSU - 3
UNM - 4
SJSU - 3