April 7, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The University of New Mexico Men's Soccer team picked up another victory in their spring exhibition schedule with a very familiar name finding the back of the net: Michael Calderon. The Lobo midfielder netted one of New Mexico's two goals in their 2-1 defeat over Grand Canyon University on Saturday evening.
The win was their second of the day as UNM downed UC Riverside 3-0 hours earlier on the campus of Grand Canyon University. Calderon tallied three goals in that match, which gave him four goals for the day. The senior from San Jose, Costa Rica now has five goals in the last seven days of spring soccer.
Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein elected to start a handful of first-year contributors in freshmen Caleb Hilbron and James Wypych alongside redshirt freshmen Nicholas Rochowski, Joe Harris and Christopher Wehan. Wehan tallied his first career point with an assist to Calderon in the match earlier in the day. All five of which continued to record more of the initial minutes of their New Mexico careers.
New Mexico got on the board first with a one-man effort from Calderon. The Costa Rican possessed the ball deep in the UNM half of the field and drove solo in and around multiple Grand Canyon midfielders and defenders. By the end of the attack, Calderon had navigated nearly the length of the field before finishing what he started with the goal in the 15th minute.
Grand Canyon did get an equalizer in that first half on a counter attack. The goal was the first conceded by New Mexico this spring in nearly 250 minutes of play. The score was tied at one apiece going into halftime.
Just nine minutes into the second half, Ben McKendry gave the Lobos what would prove to be the game-winning goal. McKendry fired a shot deep in the GCU box, which was deflected back to him. The sophomore's ensuing shot attempt was ruled a handball on a Grand Canyon defender, which warranted an automatic penalty kick. The Vancouver, British Columbia native slotted away the penalty kick to put the Cherry & Silver on top for good.
Coach Fishbein and company won both of their spring exhibition matches on Saturday in Phoenix, and they will return for another spring affair on next Saturday. The Lobos will face former MPSF rival, Denver University, at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13th. The match is scheduled to be played at the Taos Eco Park in Taos, New Mexico.