April 11, 2008
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team recorded a 1-1 tie against defending NCAA champion Wake Forest in spring exhibition action today. After having their flight cancelled on Thursday, the Lobos traveled across the country to take on the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C., all in the same day. Justin Davis scored the equalizing goal for UNM in the second half.
New Mexico's journey began with a 5:30 a.m. (M.D.T.) wake up call to catch a flight to Charlotte, N.C. The Lobos then had to make the two hour bus drive to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and get ready for the 6:00 p.m. kick-off.
As expected, the Demon Deacons controlled play in the opening half. They went ahead 1-0 after a goal in the 12th minute. UNM regrouped in the second frame, creating numerous scoring chances. The Lobos tied the game midway through the bottom half of the match when rising sophomore Michael Reed found Davis for the score.
New Mexico showed well against the tough competition, despite being without five players who are expected to be key contributors next season. Dominique Romero, Ryan Farquharson, Eric Staver, David Murphy and Andrew Parsons are all out with injuries and did not see action in the match. Sophomore-to-be Justin Fite has played well in goal this spring and is the only healthy keeper on the roster. He has allowed just one goal in three matches. On the flip side, Wake Forest played nine of the 11 players who guided the team to last year's NCAA title.
With the tie, UNM moves to 2-0-1 in spring action. The Lobos now travel to Durham, N.C., to take on Duke on Sunday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m.