New Mexico Men's Soccer at the 2013 College Cup
Friday Semis: Notre Dame 2, New Mexico 0
PHILADELPHIA -- The New Mexico Lobos' magical 2013 season came to an end in the NCAA College Cup on Friday evening in a 2-0 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish advance to play Maryland, a 2-1 winner over /Virginia, for the 2013 National Championship.
The Lobos ran into a rock-solid Notre Dame defense and the Irish received a pair of goals from Patrick Hodan in each half to end the Lobos' season on a chilly PPL Park field in Philadelphia.
New Mexico opened the game as the aggressor, but Notre Dame found the back of the net in the seventh minute when the Irish’s Harrison Shipp, the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year, triggered the attack on a Lobo giveaway in the midfield.
Shipp worked his way to the edge of the box and found Patrick Hodan inside the box. Hodan drifted across the top of the box toward the right side of the UNM net and to the right side of UNM's keeper Michael Lisch. Hodan then drilled a shot into the deep corner.
The Lobo miscue was the exception in what was a good half of soccer. New Mexico went into the half down a goal despite putting four shots on goal. The combination of Calderon, Hansen and Wehan all tested Notre Dame’s Patrick Wall but the senior goalkeeper recorded four saves.
Despite trailing Notre Dame 7-4 in shots, UNM led the Irish 4-2 in shots on goal in the first half as the Irish tightened its defense challenging New Mexico to find a path into the Notre Dame goal. The Lobos found no favorable opening.
The Lobos were able to keep the game on the Notre Dame half of the field early in the second half, but the deep runs ended without a shot. That changed beginning in the 52nd minute when James Rogers missed wide on a long-range shot.
Minutes later a pair of Lobo corner kicks nearly put UNM on the board as Wehan just missed wide on a left-footed bender.
Just when New Mexico was knocking on the door for the first goal, Notre Dame and Patrick Hodan scored their second goal of the match in the 65th minute. A Vince Cicciarelli chip shot ricocheted off the crossbar and a charging Hodan headed home the rebound past Lisch, who had no chance for a stop.
The Lobos challenged the Irish defense to the very end, but were unable to find the back of the net. The final statistics were nearly even with Notre Dame leading in shots (11-10) with shots on goal being tied at five apiece.
The Lobos ended the season with a 14-6-2 mark and tied for third place in NCAA soccer.
Notre Dame (6:34) – Patrick Hodan (Harrison Shipp assist)
Notre Dame (64:18) – Patrick Hodan (Vince Cicciarelli and Harrison Shipp assist)
New Mexico starters: Lisch (GK), Gibbons, Venter, Miele, McGovern, Kafari, Calderon, McKendry, Rogers, Wehan and Hansen.
First Half Subs: Fisher (23:46), Rochowski (33:45), Wypych (35:51)
- Notre Dame’s goal in the 7th minute snapped a New Mexico scoreless streak 317 minutes. UNM hadn’t conceded a goal since the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament against Tulsa.
- Seniors Michael Kafari and Kyle Venter, who both played four seasons for the Lobos, end their careers with 58 wins in a New Mexico uniform.
- Coach Fishbein and the Lobos were one of only three programs in the nation to advance to three straight Sweet 16’s
- Kyle Venter leaves the program as its all-time career minutes played leader with 7,859 minutes.
- The 2013 season ends for New Mexico with a mark of 14-6-2 in the program’s second-ever Final Four.
“Congratulations to Notre Dame. I thought they were really consistent today. They played quite well. It’s a good team, a real honest team. They’ve been consistent; they didn’t make mistakes. In terms of us, it’s a celebration [of the season], but it’s sad to lose the four seniors. That was our biggest message today after the game: we’ve gone through so much as a group, twenty‐five players and our staff, and our four seniors were just tremendous this year." - Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein
"Tough way to go, I wish I could say we were at our best today; I think we were all kind of disappointed with our performance. It was because Notre Dame was good, and that was part of it; they were very good. I just didn’t feel that we had it today, and it was unfortunate that it came in the national semifinals.” - Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein