New Mexico –1 Air Force-0 (Exhibition)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For a second-straight weekend, the New Mexico Lobos faced a former conference rival in spring exhibition season as they downed the Air Force Falcons 1-0. The Lobos’ lone goal came on a converted penalty kick by Ben McKendry in the 57th minute after James Rogers was taken down in the box.
New Mexico held the advantage in shots (7-3), shots on goal (4-1) and corner kicks (9-3) on the stat sheet. The Lobos nearly got a second goal of the match when Rogers forced an Air Force save in the 66th minute. The Lobo attack also threatened in the 69th minute when Rogers launched a pass for Christopher Wehan who missed high on a shot from the top of the box.
Wehan was also a catalyst for the attack in the first half. The midfielder stole a pass and just missed connecting with a teammate on a cross in the box in the 16th minute. He again applied pressure in the Air Force half of the field seven minutes later when his long-range blast was deflected by the Falcon goalkeeper over the crossbar for a corner kick.
For the second-straight game, goalkeepers Patrick Poblete and James Schneebeck combined to record a clean sheet after Schneebeck spelled Poblete in the 60th minute of the match.
New Mexico (57th minute) Ben McKendry (penalty kick)
New Mexico starters: Poblete (GK), Gibbons, Gurule, Rochowski, McGovern, Goss, Fisher, McKendry, Wehan, Dye and Rogers.
First Half Sub: Seligman (44th minute)
Halftime Subs: Reyes, Wypych and Miele
Second Half Sub: James Schneebeck (60th minute)
- Saturday’s match-up between the Lobos and the Falcons marked the third consecutive spring that two have played an exhibition. Going back to the 2011 spring season, Air Force and New Mexico have faced one another five times in fall and spring exhibitions.
- Goalkeepers Patrick Poblete and James Schneebeck have combined for back-to-back shutouts and have not conceded a goal since the 68th minute of UNM’s first exhibition of the spring against the Colorado Rapids Reserves (MLS). Their scoreless span is at 202 minutes for UNM opponents.
- Air Force is the most common opponent faced in Lobo Soccer history. The two teams have squared off in over forty matches and exhibitions in their all-time series history.
The Cherry & Silver will return to Taos, N.M. for a second time this month when they face Fort Lewis College on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. (MST) at the Taos Eco Park.