Oct. 7, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team thumped the Air Force Academy 6-0 at the UNM Soccer Complex today. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the Lobos since downing Bradley 6-0 on Sept. 9, 1994. Junior Chris Wright and sophomore Justin Davis both scored a pair of goals in the win, moving the Lobos 6-3-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
The Lobos scored early and often to put away the Falcons in the first 18 minutes of the match. Wright made a moved into the box but was hammered by Falcon keeper Brian Guyette. As a result, the Lobos were awarded a penalty kick just 14:38 into the match. Sophomore Simon Ejdemyr stepped up and went low-left for the 1-0 lead. It was Ejdemy's second PK conversion of the year and his second career goal.
On the ensuing restart, the Falcons turned the ball over at midfield on the right side. Junior Jack Smithson sent in a cross from just on the Falcon side of the pitch to Davis who was waiting at the top of the box. Davis turned and fired, sending the ball past Guyette for the 2-0 advantage at 15:03.
New Mexico struck again less than two minutes later when Smithson made another run down the right side. He sent in a cross from the baseline to Davis who took a shot. His try bounced off Guyette to Wright's foot who put home the score. The Lobos led the match 3-0 just 17:30 into the game.
Air Force wasn't without their chances, posting 14 shots and six corners overall. Simon Ejdemyr was whistled for a yellow card in the 25th minute, giving Air Force a free kick from 35 yards out. Falcon defender Ian Hauck smashed a shot that was headed for the upper-right corner of the goal. However, Lobo preseason All-American keeper Mike Graczyk made a diving save to keep the shutout. The Falcons also shot a PK of their own off the cross bar in the 69th minute.
New Mexico kept up the pressure in the second half when Smithson hooked up with junior Mike Porter in the 50th minute. Porter made a perfect pass in the middle to Smithson who beat the Falcon keeper on the right side for the 4-0 lead.
The Lobos scored again just over two minutes later when sophomore P.J. Wilson made a run down the right side. He crossed the ball to Wright who took a shot that was saved. However, Air Force's new keeper Jim Gullo could not secure the rebound and Wright put home the loose ball for his seventh goal of the season. Wright leads UNM with 15 points and has six goals in the last five games.
UNM's final tally came in the 62nd minute. This time Davis took a loose ball from Air Force on its half of the field. He then made a move down the left side and put in his second goal of the game.
The Lobos outshot Air Force 23-14 in a very physical match. UNM was whistled for 29 fouls while AFA was tacked with 15. New Mexico was issued four yellow cards to go with three for the Academy.
UNM will now hit the road for a two-game swing through California. UNM takes on San Jose State at 2:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) on Friday, Oct. 12. The Lobos will also travel to Sacramento State for a 2:00 p.m. kick off on Sunday, Oct. 14.