Aug. 23, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team stumbled out of the gate in its first exhibition action of the 2007 season. The 10th-ranked Lobos were handed a 3-0 loss by No. 11 Notre Dame at the National Soccer Festival today in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Fighting Irish got on the board in the sixth minute when Kurt Martin collected a loose ball outside of the box. His blast from 25 yards out caught Lobo keeper Mike Graczyk off guard and shot right through the senior's hands. Notre Dame kept up the pressure for most of the first half, earning three free kicks deep in the Lobo half of the field and a pair of corners in the opening frame.
New Mexico seemed to get more organized as time went on in the first half. Stephen Brown played an excellent ball from the left side to Jack Smithson in the middle. Smithson tried to get a touch in the box, but the play was broken up by UND keeper Chris Cahill. The score remained tied 1-0 at the half with both teams getting off five shots.
New Mexico controlled play for much of the second half but could not find the equalizing goal. Brown played another great cross in the box in the 83rd minute that junior Mike Porter headed just wide of the net. On the very next possession, senior Blake Danaher sent a ball down the right side to freshman James Urbany. Urbany made a move in the box but Notre Dame keeper Andrew Quinn came off his line to break up the play.
The wheels fell off for the Lobos in the last five minutes of action. Irish defender Jack Traynor sent a cross into the box from the right side that Jeb Brovsky headed down perfectly. Michael Thomas took the feed and hit a bullet into the back of the next for a 2-0 lead with 3:20 left in the match. UND added another goal when Steven Perry scored on a breakaway in the 89th minute.
The Lobos return to action on Saturday, Aug. 25, against No. 8 Indiana at 4:30 p.m. (M.D.T.). UNM takes on the Hoosiers in the final game of the National Soccer Festival at the Fort Wayne Sport Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.