Oct. 23, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The University of New Mexico men's soccer team fell victim to a penalty kick goal tonight, dropping a tough 1-0 decision on the road at Air Force. The Falcons took advantage of a corner kick and subsequent handball in the box with less than five minutes left in the game. Air Force's Kevin Rosser put away the gift-wrapped PK at 85:18 -- his strike was Air Force's only shot on goal. New Mexico dominated on the offensive end and outshot Air Force considerably, pounding Falcon keeper Mike Mauro with 15 shots to Air Force's seven overall. Mauro had six saves on the night.
"When you're dominating a team and let them stay in the game, anything can happen," said Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein. "That was what happened tonight. We outshot them 15-7, our keeper didn't have to make a save the entire night, and their keeper was forced to make six saves. It's really disappointing, but we haven't been effective in finishing our chances."
The game was a scoreless draw for the majority of play. Senior Stephen Brown spurred the Lobo attack with two shots in the first period, in which New Mexico outshot Air Force 7-3. The Lobos came out aggressively in the second half as well, as Brown, Justin Davis, and James Urbany took three quick shots in succession in the 48th and 51st minutes. Brown would go on to lead his team with five shots overall. The Lobos pushed for a goal in the final four minutes with two shots and two corner kicks, but were unable to find the back of the net.
The Lobos drop to 8-5-0 overall, 2-1 in MPSF play, while the Falcons improve to 6-5-1and 1-2 in league play. New Mexico concludes the Colorado road swing with a matchup against defending MPSF Champs Denver at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday. The Pioneers took on the UNLV Rebels tonight, but no score was available at press time. The Lobos travel to California next week for games against Sacramento State and San Jose State, while their final home game will be played against UNLV at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Please visit GoLobos.com for more information.