Sept. 9, 2007
The 17th-rankedUniversity of New Mexico men's soccer team evened its record today with a 1-0 win over Cincinnati (0-3-0) at the UNM Soccer Complex in the 2007 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational. Lobo senior Diego Barrera scored the only goal of the match in the 30th minute of play, moving UNM to 2-2 on the season.
The Lobos came into the match desperately needing a win after getting shutout 1-0 in their home opener against Loyola Marymount Friday night. To make matters worse, the Lobos were without two starters in defender Simon Ejdemyr and sophomore P.J. Wilson. Ejdemyr suffered a concussion against LMU while Wilson was suffering from a hip-pointer.
Neither team generated much offense in the early part of the match. Both squads only managed four shots in the first half. New Mexico didn't get a shot off until the 24th minute when Barrera put one on frame from out on the right wing.
New Mexico's scoring play started with a goal kick by senior Mike Graczyk. Graczyk's boot made it to the top of the box where sophomore Stephen Brown headed it down. Barrera spun on one leg and hit a half volley past Bearcat keeper Miguel Rosales for the 1-0 lead. It was the first goal for Barrera, a transfer from Loyola Marymount, in a Lobo uniform. It was the first assist of the year for Brown and Graczyk and the third career assist for both players.
Play was suspended for 35 minutes with 8:17 left in the first half due to lightening in the area. Once action resumed, both teams played the rest of the half without a shot. Taking the 1-0 lead into the locker room was a good sign for UNM. The Lobos are now 41-1-2 under head coach Jeremy Fishbein when leading at the half.
The Lobos tried to tack on a goal in the 54th minute when senior Blake Danaher fed the ball to the outside to junior Chris Wright. Wright played the ball in the box on the right side to Danaher who took a shot from 10 yards out. His attempt beat the Cincinnati keeper but was inches over the cross bar.
UNM threatened again eight minutes later, this time from the left side. Brown slid a ball through to senior Joey Vitagliano, who had come across the field. Vitagliano got off a shot from 15 yards out, but Rosales was there to make the save.
Danaher almost scored again in the 85th minute when he settled a header from freshman Anderw Parsons in the box. Danaher couldn't get a clean hit on the ball and Rosales was there to deflect the shot out of bounds.
UNM nearly lost the lead with 3:30 left on the clock. Bearcat forward Kenny Anaba got in behind the Lobo defense and took a shot from 15 yards out on the right side. Graczyk was there to make the save and conserve the shutout.
It was the first shutout of the season for the Lobos and the 25th of Graczyk's career. The preseason All-American is now tied with Andrew Weber (2001-04) for the lead in career shutouts at New Mexico.
Central Florida (2-1-0) won the 2007 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational earlier in the day with a 1-0 win over Loyola Marymount (1-2-0). It doesn't get any easier for the Lobos who host the Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational next weekend at the UNM Soccer Complex. Action begins on Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) with No. 7 SMU taking on No. 9 UC-Santa Barbara. The Lobos will face No. 15 Washington in the second game at 7:00 p.m. Games conclude on Sunday, Sept. 16, with SMU facing Washington at Noon and the Lobos facing the defending national champion Guachos at 3:00 p.m.
2007 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational All Tournament Team
Ryan Roushandel - Central Florida
James Georgeff - Central Florida
Sean Johnson - Central Florida
Kyle Pascioni - Central Florida
Pat Lane - Loyola Marymount
Brad Stisser - Loyola Marymount
Josh Carroll - Loyola Marymount
Diego Barrera - New Mexico
Mike Graczyk - New Mexico
Amir Ikner - Cincinnati
Chris Thompson - Cincinnati