Aug. 31, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team traveled to Akron, Ohio, for the Westfield Insurance Cup at the University of Akron tonight. The 10th-ranked Lobos came away with a 3-1 loss to the Zips in the season opener for both teams. Freshman Ryan Farquharson scored UNM's lone goal in the 38th minute.
Akron got on the board first in the match when Elliott Bradbrook scored from 20 yards out in the 26th minute. New Mexico was able to even the score on Farquharson's goal 12 minutes later. Akron was the aggressor in the first half, outshooting the Lobo 6-3 and earning four corners to UNM's none.
New Mexico tried to turn up the pressure in the second frame, earning six corners after halftime. However, UNM only managed three shots in the second period. Akron also managed just three shots in the second half, but the Zips made to most of their opportunities. UA's Anthony Ampaipitakwong scored the game-winner in the 68th minute while Stefan Ostergren added an insurance goal in the 76th minute.
"This was definitely a disappointing result for us," stated UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein. "Akron is a very good team. They are physical, mature, active and they took advantage of their opportunities. They had four shots-on-goal and three went in."
The Lobos were outshot 9-7 despite having more corners (6-5) in the match. It was a physical contest with UNM whistled for 20 fouls and three yellow cards. Akron was called for 16 fouls and one yellow on the night.
"We are still going to be a good team, but part of the problem is we think being good is all it is going to take," continued Fishbein. "We have to realize that we are going to get everyone's best shot each night and we have to be ready to play."
With the loss, New Mexico drops its season opener for the first time in Fishbein's tenure and the first time since 1999. UNM will now take on Hartwick on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the final day of the Westfield Insurance Cup in Akron, Ohio. The Hawks (1-0-0) downed UAB (0-1-0) 3-1 earlier in the day.