Nov. 11, 2010
Sacramento, Calif. --- Josh Caffey came through for the Lobos again, just like always. The sophomore slotted home the winning goal 7:48 into the first overtime, giving the New Mexico Lobos a 1-0 overtime win in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament and sending them to a semifinal matchup with second-seeded Cal State Bakersfield on Friday.
The game, much like New Mexico's other two matches with UNLV, was a tight one goal affair, and it was the second time this season the two teams played into overtime. The winning goal by Caffey came after passes from Travis Campbell and Michael Reed found him alone in front and out of reach of UNLV keeper Simon Cook. Caffey protected the ball from Zach Kupfer and scored into the empty net to win it for the Lobos.
Caffey leads the Lobos with four goals on the year, and it was his fifth career tally. Amazingly, every one of Caffey's goals in his career has been the game-winner. Earlier this season he scored the winning goals against Buffalo, Denver, and Seattle, and this year three of his four winners were the only goals of 1-0 contests.
The beneficiary of Caffey's heroics was the Lobo back line that threw their seventh shutout in the last eight games. Justin Holmes, who was named honorable mention All-MPSF had five saves. Other all conference picks were first teamer Lance Rozeboom, second teamers Michael Reed and David Murphy, and Michael Green, who was honorable mention.
The win pushed the Lobos to 9-4-5, and it ran their unbeaten streak to seven at 4-0-3. The Lobos now face off against Cal State Bakersfield, who won the Pacific Division with an identical conference record to the Lobos at 5-2-3. In the other semifinal, top seeded Denver takes on Sacramento State, the five-seed who crushed Air Force 6-2 in the other first round game.
NOTES: The Lobos are now 8-1-1 all-time at the MPSF Tournament ... New Mexico stayed undeafeted in overtime this season, improving to 2-0-5 ... Reed eanred an assist on Caffey's goal, meaning each player has a team-leading nine points ... Justin Holmes lowered his goals against average to 0.74