Nov. 3, 2007
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 match in double-overtime at UNLV tonight. Nicholas Patterson scored in the 108th minute to give the Rebels their first win over New Mexico since the 2003 season. With the loss, UNM drops to 9-4-1 and 4-1-1 in MPSF action. UNLV improves to 6-7-2 on the year and 2-4-0 in league play.
The Lobos had dominated the series with UNLV coming into tonight's match, winning the previous seven meetings while outscoring UNLV 24-4. However, the Rebels had narrowed the margin in the last two meetings between these two teams, only losing by one goal in each of the last two games.
Lobo sophomore Simon Ejdemyr made it look like New Mexico was going to continue that trend tonight. He scored on a header off a free kick in the second minute of action for his fourth goal of the year. Senior Diego Barrera was credited with his team-high fifth assist of the season on the play.
UNM kept their 1-0 lead until the 30th minute when Lamar Neagle scored for UNLV. He dribbled through the Lobo defense and went far post for the game-tying score. New Mexico controlled play for the rest of the match and outshot the Rebels 19-12 in the game. UNM also had 10 corners to UNLV's four, but could not get the go-ahead score.
UNLV scored the game winner in the second overtime when Stephen Sifuentes passed the ball into the middle of the box to Patterson. Patterson turned and fired to the upper far right corner of the goal for the 2-1 win.
New Mexico remains in first place in the MPSF race with 13 points on the season. Teams get three points for a win and one point for a tie in MPSF play. Denver is in second place with 11 points and a 3-1-2 mark in league play, 7-4-3 overall. San Jose State (8-7-0, 3-3-0 MPSF) is third in the league with nine points. Sacramento State (3-10-2, 2-3-1 MPSF) has seven points while Air Force (4-9-1, 2-4-0 MPSF) and UNLV have six points each.
The Lobos will return to the UNM Soccer Complex next weekend for their final two home matches of the season. New Mexico takes on Sacramento State on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:00 p.m. (M.S.T.) and San Jose State on Senior Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1:00 p.m. GameTracker and live video will be available for both matches next weekend.