April 13, 2013
TAOS, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Men's Soccer team settled for a scoreless draw in their spring exhibition against Denver University on Saturday afternoon at the Taos Eco Park. The match was part of Choice Wireless Showcase at the facility, which saw the Lobo Men's and Women's teams compete as part of a weekend full of soccer in Taos.
Coach Fishbein and company came out the agressors and earned a handful of corner kicks in the first minutes of the game. However, none of the corners led to goals. New Mexico looked to have a goal in the first half when a Christopher Wehan-led attack put the ball in the back of the net, but it was negated with an offside call.
The two teams went into halftime scoreless as Lobo goalkeeper Patrick Poblete kept the Pioneers off the board during his shift between the pipes for UNM. The Cherry & Silver held advantages in all offensive statistical categories in the first 45 minutes of action.
The second half also saw no goals despite New Mexico playing nearly the entire half down a man. The Lobo backline and goalkeeper Michael Lisch prevented a Denver goal despite the Pioneers' one-man advantage.
UNM nearly got a goal from Michael Kafari on a counter attack while facing the one-man advantage, and New Mexico had another near goal from Kyle Venter who fired a left-footed shot from the top of the box in overtime that forced a save from the Denver University keeper.
Lisch went on to keep the clean sheet intact by recording one save and combining for the shutout through two overtime periods.
Lobo Soccer will return to Albuquerque for their next spring exhibition. The Lobos will host Air Force on Saturday, April 20 at the Robertson Practice Fields on the campus of the University of New Mexico.