“It was a very, very hard-fought game by two very good teams,” head coach Gary St. Clair said. “The score was not indicative of how close the game was. Our players are obviously disappointed, but they’re a very good team and so are we. Now we just have to try to win the conference and make the NCAA Tournament.”
The Lobos scored the first goal of the night at 1:05 on a through ball from David Gualdarama that was passed to Brandon Barklage. The Spartans tied the game at 51:21 when Dylan Pender scored his second goal of the season when he put a ball in the net which was knocked free in the box.
With the score tied for much of the second half, New Mexico’s Jeff Rowland scored his 13th goal of the season at 79:57 when he redirected a shot taken by Brandon Moss. The Lobos cinched the win on a penalty kick by Andrew Boyens at 81:58.
New Mexico inched closer to first-place San Jose State with the win. The Spartans' 18 points in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings still are two more than the Lobos' 16. San Jose State has two conference games remaining and can finish with as many as 24 points. New Mexico, with three games to go, has a maximum 25 possible points. The team with the greatest point total earns the MPSF automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans next take the field at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, November 6, at 1:00 p.m. against UNLV on Senior Day.
SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 TOT
New Mexico (13-1-1, 5-1-1 MPSF) 1 2 - 3
San Jose State (10-5-2, 6-2 MPSF) 0 1 - 1
UNM - Brandon Barklage (David Gualdarama), 1:05
SJSU - Dylan Pender (Ed Brand), 51:21
UNM - Jeff Rowland (Brandon Moss) 79:57
UNM - Andrew Boyens (Penalty kick), 81:58
UNM - 22
SJSU - 11
UNM - 3 (Mike Graczyk-3)
SJSU - 7 (Richard Mann-6; Team-1)
UNM - 7
SJSU - 4
UNM - 24
SJSU - 22