Albuquerque, N.M. Despite an early lead, the San Jose State University men’s soccer team fell to No. 22 New Mexico, 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. Senior Ismael Ibarra scored the lone goal of the game for the Spartans in the 14th minute. San Jose State currently stands at 9-9-0 on the season and 4-5-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play while the nationally-ranked Lobos own an 11-4-1 overall record and a 6-1-1 conference mark.
“We played well but we have to give credit to New Mexico, they were the better team,” said head coach Gary. St. Clair. “We got steam rolled in the second half. We gave up two set pieces as we have all year and kind of hung our heads after that. I give the credit to New Mexico. We did our best.”
The Spartans took an early 1-0 in the first half with a goal by Ibarra at 14:04. The senior forward blasted a shot from 30 yards out into the left upper corner of the Lobos’ goal. The play was unassisted.
The Lobos’ Chris Wright tied the score at 1-1 at 25:56 in the first half. Wright scored on a free kick with an assist from Jack Smithson.
The game was tied 1-1 at the half before the Lobos went on a run in the second half. The Spartans were limited in their abilities as three team leaders went down in the second half. Colby Moore, Hiroki Akiyama and Nick Cukar all left the game with injuries in the second half.
New Mexico went on to score four more goals in the second half. Stephen Brown notched his first goal of the season for the Lobos at the 57:09 mark. Wright’s second goal of the game came at 65:38 on a header off a free kick. P.J. Wilson and Blake Danaher tallied the final two goals of the game unassisted.
The Spartans will play their final game of 2007 on Sunday, November 18 at Sacramento State. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
San Jose State (9-9-0, 4-5-0 MPSF) vs. New Mexico (11-4-1, 6-1-1 MPSF)
Date: Nov 11, 2007 Attendance: 1325
Weather: Sunny 66 degrees WSW 8
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
San Jose State...... 1 0 - 1
New Mexico.......... 1 4 - 5
1. 14:04 SJSU IBARRA, Ismael (9) (unassisted) - shot from 30 yds to left upper corner
2. 25:56 NM WRIGHT, Chris (11) (SMITHSON, Jack) - free kick, cross left to ride side of goal, headed in
3. 57:09 NM BROWN, Stephen (1) (BARRERA, Diego;REED, Michael) - shot from 20 yards out, far left side
4. 65:38 NM WRIGHT, Chris (12) (BARRERA, Diego) - header off free kick from right corner
5. 79:14 NM WILSON, P.J. (4) (unassisted) - beat four defenders and goalkeeper
6. 84:57 NM DANAHER, Blake (2) Penalty kick
Shots: San Jose State 10, New Mexico 22
Saves: San Jose State 4 (MANN, Richard 4), New Mexico 4 (GRACZYK, Mike 4)