Nov. 18, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. --- The University of New Mexico men's soccer team fell to host Creighton, 4-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night at a frigid Morrison Field. The Bluejays advance to the second round with a record of 13-5-1 while the Lobos conclude their 2010 season at 9-6-5.
The Bluejays' Jose Gomez scored from 14 yards out in the fourth minute, then Tyler Polak (30:30) and Ethan Finley (36:30) each added goals before halftime to provide all the scoring Creighton would need.
The Lobos did make a run at the Bluejays in the second half. Devin Sandoval got New Mexico on the scoreboard with a blast into the right net from just inside the goal box. Sandoval was able to shake free of Creighton's defense thanks to a pretty feed from Michael Reed pass, then opened an avenue for the shot on a quick give and go from Michael Green.
Sandoval's goal capped a Lobos' second-half effort that saw New Mexico outshoot Creighton 8-6 and earn 3 corner kicks to the Bluejays' zero. The Lobos notched six of those shots during a 10-minute stretch from the 65-75th minutes, including Sandoval's goal. A game that, only minutes earlier seemed completely in the Bluejays' control suddenly looked like it might be up for grabs again.
But the Lobos' comeback attempt ran out of gas. The two teams exchanged possession back and forth over the final 15 minutes before Finlay notched his second goal of the match, breaking away past a New Mexico defense pushed forward to try to get the two goals to knot things up. Finlay made a move past Lobo goalkeeper Justin Holmes about 20-yards out and walked in the final goal with 28 seconds remaining.
"It was a good performance by Creighton," coach Jeremy Fishbein said. "It was a tough one. We talked about things going into the game. We said, `We can't make mistakes in out half because their attacking players are very good. We gave them the ball in bad areas and they hurt us.
"It's pretty disappointing," Fishbein said. "Our performance wasn't indicative of the type of team we are."