Nov. 6, 2010
By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The University of New Mexico men's soccer team rallied off three goals in the second half to overcome a 0-2 halftime score and defeat the University of Nevada Las Vegas 3-2 in their final regular season match at Peter Johan Memorial Field.
The Lobos finish with a regular season record of 8-4-5 overall and 5-2-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference. UNLV finishes 6-10-2 overall, and 3-5-2 in the MPSF.
The Rebels scored two goals in the first half, snapping New Mexico's six game shutout streak.
UNLV's Nick Marshall struck first, tapping the ball in from five yards out on the left side at the 39:47. Marshall was assisted by Mike Mota and Joaquin Rivas. A minute later, it was Jonny Espinoza finding the back of the net off a UNLV penalty kick, putting the Rebels up 2-0.
The second half was a different story. Senior Michael Reed started things off for New Mexico, firing one past UNLV's keeper, Ryan Harding, 11 minutes into the half. It was Reed's second goal of the season and third of his career.
A minute later, at 57:16, Senior Matt Armstrong blasted a long shot to the top left corner. It was Armstrong's first goal this season and tied the match at 2-2.
The tie was short-lived.
Around 63:00, Lobo Michael Green netted the winning goal. The junior placed a shot to left post off an assist from sophomore Devon Sandoval. It was Green's second goal of the season and the ninth of his collegiate career.
The three goals netted by New Mexico dissolved their three game scoring drought. The Rebels' offense kept New Mexico's Justin Holmes busy, letting 10 shots fly. Holmes had four saves on six shots on goal.
The Lobos had 11 shots and four shots on goal.
New Mexico travels to Sacramento, Calif., Nov. 11-14 to compete in the MPSF conference tournament. Seeding and matchups for the tournament are yet to be determined. Click\ Here for more information on the conference tournament.