Oct. 17, 2010
Colorado Springs, Colo. --- The University of New Mexico men's soccer team doesn't like to take the easy road, but they sure are developing a flair for the dramatic. Albuquerque native Devon Sandoval flicked a header just inside the left post off a Patrick Pacheco cross with just two second left in regulation, and the Lobos defeated Air Force 1-0, answering a 3-2 loss to the Falcons just seven days ago. With the win the Lobos moved into first place in the Mountain Division with nine points.
The win comes on the heels of Friday's 1-0 win over Denver in which Josh Caffey knocked in a corner kick with just 2:32 to go. The Lobos improved to 6-4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while Air Force drops to 4-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference. New Mexico is in first with nine points, Denver and UNLV are tied for second at seven points each at 2-2-1 after UNLV's 1-0 win at Denver. Air Force in now in last with six points.
The game winner was Sandoval's second goal of the season, and it made a winner out of Justin Holmes, who had one save in earning his second straight shutout. Pacheco, with time running out and the final 10 second countdown audible over the public address system (per NCAA rule), sent one into the box from the right sideline. Sandoval was in front of USAFA keeper Matt Underwood, and redirected it towards the back post. The ball went in just inside the ironworks for the winner.
The Lobos took 21 shots to 13 for Air Force, and the outshot the Falcons on goal 5-2. The Lobos dominated in corners 8-2 as well.
The Lobos will now go across the league and face the four teams in the Pacific Division, starting with a pair of home games on Thursday and Saturday. New Mexico will host Seattle on Friday night at 7 p.m. on Think Pink night, and then Cal State Bakersfield at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
NOTES: Sandoval becomes the fifth player to record two goals on the season for New Mexico, tying him for the team lead ... Justin Holmes lowered his GAA to 1.06, and the team GAA went below one to 0.96 ... In the 76th minute New Mexico was credited with a team save for clearing a ball off the line off a corner kick, the second team save of the season.