Oct. 31, 2010
The New Mexico Lobos defense is proving to be extremely stout, as they recorded their sixth straight shutout. UNM's problem was the offense not finding the back of the net again. Those two things equaled a third consecutive 0-0 double-overtime tie, this against San Jose State on Sunday afternoon. The third consecutive 0-0 double overtime tie is an NCAA record, besting a host of programs that had accomplished that result in back-to-back games.
Justin Holmes, UNM's sophomore goalkeeper, ran his scoreless streak to 613:07 in recording his sixth consecutive shutout. Holmes recorded a season-high nine saves as the Lobos were outshot 27-22. The game was a physical one with 34 combined fouls called in the contest, and four cards issued.
The Lobos, who clinched a berth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament with their 0-0 tie at Sacramento State on Friday, missed out on a chance to move into first place in the Mountain Division. That honor went to Denver, who defeated Seattle on Friday, putting them at 5-2-2 in the conference with 17 points. UNM now is 4-2-3, good for 15 points, and tied for second with Air Force, who lost 1-0 on Sunday and is 5-4-0, also with 15 points.
The Lobos have one contest left, traveling to take on UNLV on Saturday. New Mexico can win the division and the first round bye in the MPSF tournament that goes with it in one of two ways. If Air Force defeats Denver, UNM has to win and hope that Air Force's margin of victory isn't three goals better than UNM's. If Air Force and Denver tie, UNM has to defeat UNLV by at least five, and possibly six. Denver earns the bye with a win.
NOTES: Holmes' scoreless streak of 613:07 tops the old record of 466:53, set by Andrew Webber in 2004...the four scoreless double overtime ties equals the amount of 0-0 ties UNM recorded from 1999-2009...Colgate (2006) and UIC (2009) also had four 0-0 ties in a single season