Sept. 13, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind.--The University of New Mexico men's soccer team came away with a resounding victory this afternoon, edging No. 10 Notre Dame 2-1 in overtime on the Fighting Irish's home turf. Senior forward Justin Davis notched the game-winner for the Lobos in addition to scoring the tying goal in the first half. The Lobos improve to 2-2-0 on the season.
"Our guys showed a lot of composure battling back," said Lobo head coach Jeremy Fishbein. "After Davis's [first] goal I felt we really had the game under control. We had three or four quality chances in the second half that we didn't finish, and Justin Fite made one big save. We felt we had a grasp of the game and were pretty confident going into overtime [that] we were going to finish it off."
Notre Dame got on the board first, taking advantage of miscommunication on the Lobo defensive end for an own goal three minutes into the game. The Lobos took most of the first half to get back on their feet, and Davis took an assist from Michael Reed to knot the score 1-1 at 37:54.
Davis's goal stood up for the remainder of regulation play.
The Lobos dominated in overtime, as senior forward Stephen Brown gave Davis a centering feed for a climactic game-winner less than two minutes into the overtime period.
Notre Dame outshot the Lobos 13-11, but New Mexico led the corner kick category with a mark of 8-5. Keepers Justin Fite (NM) and Andrew Quinn (ND) recorded five saves apiece.
"We just showed a lot of character," said Fishbein. "The whole weekend I thought we were a much better team. On Friday night we made some mental mistakes, we opened up with a mental mistake today, and then we got right after it. Our guys really showed a lot of heart."
New Mexico finished second behind No. 12 Indiana in this weekend's Mike Berticelli Memorial tournament, edging Notre Dame with a tiebreaker based on head-to-head play. Davis was named Offensive MVP of the tournament, while sophomore midfielder Lance Rozeboom and junior defender Ryan Farquharson were named to the all-tournament team along with Davis.
The Lobos return to action at home this weekend, as they host UC-Davis, Gonzaga, and Binghamton in the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utilities Invitational on Friday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 20. The Lobos take on UC-Davis at 7 p.m. MT on Friday and face Gonzaga at 1:30 p.m. MT on Sunday. A live audio and video feed will be available along with GameTracker on GoLobos.com.