SAN JOSE -- San Jose State's Mireya Wathen-Mayora received an automatic two-game suspension after getting ejected for fighting in a non-conference soccer game Sunday in San Jose.

Mountain West Conference officials announced the suspension Wednesday, saying the Spartans midfielder will sit out San Jose State's games Friday against Cal Poly and Sunday at Pacific.

Wyoming's Candace Sciberras also was suspended for two games in a separate fighting incident that is unusual for women's soccer.

Wathen-Mayora received a red card in the 50th minute after a scuffle with Sacramento State defender Rachel Leonard, a sophomore from Livermore-Granada High. Leonard also received a red card while the Hornets Lydia Bowman was issued a yellow during the episode.

"Obviously, we don't encourage players to retaliate," first-year Spartan coach Lauren Hanson said in a statement, "It was a heated moment. Moving forward, we want to continue to play physical, but also be composed in times that are passionate and emotional."

San Jose State (1-2-0) defeated Sacramento State 1-0 to record its first victory of the season.

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