SAN DIEGO - Footing was tough for Penn in its final match in San Diego on Sunday, allowing two goals in the first half at San Diego State in a 2-0 loss.
The first half was all Aztecs as SDSU outshot Penn, 5-1, with the Red and Blue maintaining little possession in the SDSU third.
San Diego State scored on the first sustained run of the match in the 17th minute, with Jose Altamirano finishing off a sequence in the box with a shot just inside the left post. SDSU had its first shot go through untouched and a bit wide, but Penn couldn't clear and Altamirano ended up with the ball after Max Kurtzman and a Penn defender collided and Altamirano slipped his second goal of the year by Kurtzman before he could recover.
Altamirano connected again in the 27th minute, going top-left corner with a hard shot that was perfectly placed outside of Kurtzman's reach. Three short passes across the 25-yard area led to the shot, with the assist going to Abraham Villon.
In the second half, Penn came out looking for a strike to get back in the match, but its best early chance saw a free kick opportunity from 20-yards out go by the wayside as two shots were blocked by SDSU's wall. In the 76th minute, Penn began to mount some continuous pressure, with two corners generating chances and Duke Lacroix getting a good shot off in the run of play that required a save by SDSU's keeper.
In the 89th minute, Penn put the ball in the net after a loose-ball scrum near the end line, but the Quakers were ruled to have committed a foul and the play was ruled dead before the score. That was as close as Penn would get.
The Quakers are now 2-2-0 on the season while San Diego State improves to 3-1-1. The Red and Blue return to Philadelphia for a pair of matches next weekend in the Ivy League/Big East Classic. Up first is a date with Georgetown on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. followed by a tilt at Villanova on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.