April 14, 2012
Dallas, Texas --- It doesn't matter if it's the NCAA College Cup or a spring exhibition game: the last 10 minutes and overtime are most definitely "Lobo Time". Blake Smith scored the equalizer with eight minutes left, and then scored the winner in overtime as UNM earned a 2-1 win at SMU on Saturday.
Smith's tying goal in the 82nd minute was on a penalty kick, the result of some solid work from his teammates. Riley McGovern won the ball on the right side and slipped a n inside pass to Josh Dye. Dye then knocked a short pass at the top of the box to Lawrence Robledo who got on the inside of his defender with a clear path to the net. Robledo was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick which Blake Smith slotted away.
Despite the humid and windy conditions, the teams agreed to play two full overtimes (no golden goal). Smith scored the eventual game-winner halfway through the second overtime. He picked up a poor clearance, beat his defender and launched a shot from outside the box that beat SMU's keeper for a 2-1 lead.
SMU scored their lone goal in transition in the 25th minute on a cross from the left side that UNM accidentally kicked in for an own goal. Despite solid pressure by UNM, SMU led 1-0 at the half.
UNM used all three keepers in Victor Rodriguez, Patrick Poblete, and Javier Lane, with Lane registering the only save for the Lobos. Every UNM player that traveled saw action in the game, which saw a partisan Lobo crowd due to the number of Texas players on the roster.