Sept. 14, 2007
The 28th-ranked University of New Mexico men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 match to No. 24 Washington at the UNM Soccer Complex tonight. The Lobos fall to 2-3-0 with the loss while the Huskies improved to 2-1-1 in the opening night of the 2007 NIKE/Crescent Financial Solutions Invitational.
Both teams went back and forth in the opening half with New Mexico taking six shots to Washington's five. However, both squads were only able to put one shot each on frame in the first 45 minutes.
Washington's scoring strike came in the 61st minute when Brad Keller made a run out of the backfield down the left side. He sent a perfect cross into Kevin Forrest who was waiting in front of the net. Forest headed the ball to the far post and past Lobo keeper Mike Graczyk for the only score of the match.
UNM frantically tried to even the tally, putting up six shots in the closing minutes of the game. Sophomore Justin Davis made a move in the box and fired a bullet from 15 yards out on the left side that just missed the net in the 68th minute.
New Mexico also earned five corners in the second period, but only got one shot off a corner on frame. Senior Blake Danaher just missed Davis for an open net on one of those corners in the 74th minute that would have ignited the 2,508 in attendance.
Despite outshooting (21-11) and getting more corners (8-4) than Washington, the Lobos fell for the second time in three games at the UNM Soccer Complex. It is the first time in head coach Jeremy Fishbein's tenure that New Mexico has lost two games at home in a season.
Things don't get easier for New Mexico as they host No. 9 and defending NCAA Champion UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Gauchos (2-1-1) defeated No. 3 SMU (2-1-1) earlier in the evening 2-1 in overtime. Sunday's match is "Stuff the Stadium" with all tickets going for $2 at the UNM Soccer Complex.