Nov. 18, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team clinched its fourth straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title with a 0-0 tie at Denver today. With the tie, the Lobos earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Senior keeper Mike Graczyk recorded his second straight shutout while making five saves in the match.
Needing a win or tie to clinch the MPSF trophy, the Lobos played excellent defense in today's match, turning away 17 shots by the Pioneers. Denver's defense was equally impressive, as New Mexico was shutout for the first time in 13 matches. Pioneer keeper Matt Bredehoft made seven saves on 13 Lobo shots in the match.
New Mexico moves to 12-4-2 on the season and 7-1-2 in the MPSF. Denver finishes second in the league race at 6-1-3, 10-4-4 overall.
Despite only needing a tie to win, New Mexico forced the action throughout the match. The Lobos earned six corner kicks in the game, but allowed seven to Denver. There were only a total of 13 fouls called between the two teams, with the Lobos whistled for six.
New Mexico will now watch the NCAA Men's Soccer Selection Show at 3:30 p.m. (M.S.T.) on ESPNNews on Monday, Nov. 19, to find out its first round opponent. The Lobos will gather at Coaches Sports Bar on 1414 Central Ave. in Albuquerque to watch the selection show on Monday.