Oct. 12, 2007
The 22nd-ranked University of New Mexico men's soccer team scored a 4-1 win at San Jose State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action this afternoon. The Lobos got goals from seniors Joey Vitagliano and Blake Danaher, junior Jack Smithson and sophomore P.J. Wilson. With the win, New Mexico improves to 7-3-1 and 2-0-1 in MPSF play.
The Lobo offense has been hitting on all cylinders lately, scoring 10 goals in the last two games. Smithson got things going early in the match, sending home his second goal of the season in the fourth minute. He scored on a header off a free-kick from sophomoe Justin Davis. It was Davis's third helper of the season.
UNM tacked on another goal in the 28th minute when Vitagliano put in his first strike of the year. He scored on junior Chris Wright's second assist of the season, giving the Lobos a 2-0 at the break. The Lobos are know for holding on to a lead in the second half, posting a 45-1-2 mark when leading after 45 minutes under head coach Jeremy Fishbein.
New Mexico added two more goals less than five minutes apart in the second half. Wilson netted his third of the year in the 61st minute when nailed a free-kick past Spartan keeper Lewis Sweeney. Danaher collected his first of the year in the 65th minute when he banged through a cross from sophomore Stephen Brown, giving Brown three assists on the year and the Lobos a 4-0 advantage. UNM gave up the lone goal to the Spartans with less than three minutes left in the match. Colby Moore fed Julio Gonzales to end the scoring at 4-1.
UNM is now unbeaten in its last six matches, outscoring its opponents 19-3 in that stretch. Wright's assist in today's game gives him at least one point in the last six matches and he leads the MPSF with 16 points on seven goals and two assists.
UNM will next travel to Sacramento State on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:00 p.m. (M.D.T.). Live stats will be available on GoLobos.com for the match against the Hornets. UNM's next home game is Oct. 20 against UNLV at 7:00 p.m. (M.D.T.). The match against the Rebels will be held in University Stadium following the U.S. Women's National team game against Mexico at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to the U.S.-Mexico match will also be good for the Lobo-Rebel game. For ticket information visit www.UNMTickets.com. Fans and student wanting admission just to the Lobo game will be admitted following the U.S. women's game.