April 13, 2008
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team concluded its Atlantic Coast Conference spring swing with a 1-0 win at Duke on Sunday. New Mexico's Simon Ejdemyr converted a penalty-kick in the 35th minute to give UNM its third shutout win in spring action this season. The Lobos also tied defending NCAA Champ Wake Forest on Friday 1-1.
The Lobos controlled play throughout the match, outshooting the Blue Devils 13-3 overall. Rising sophomore keeper Justin Fite was only forced to make one save while netting his third shutout this spring. Fite has stepped up his game after not seeing any action in his first two years at UNM. He is currently the only healthy keeper on the Lobo roster and has been performing admirably between the pipes during spring play.
Ejdemyr's PK was set up by senior-to-be Jack Smithson. Smithson made a move in the box and was about to put one away himself before he was taken down by a Duke defender.
Ejdemyr converted his first goal of the spring to give UNM the lead. The Lobos created many more chances and missed two open goals. However, it was the Lobo defense that set the tone for the match, only allowing one shot-on-goal.
The Lobos are now 3-0-1 in spring play, having outscored their opponents 7-1. UNM will next travel to El Paso, Texas, for matches against the El Paso Patriots and the Juarez Indios on April 18-20.