Nov. 12, 2010
Sacramento, Calif. --- Cal State Bakersfield scored just 9:36 into the contest, one of two goals by Gyasi Zardes as the Roadrunners defeated third-seeded New Mexico 2-0 in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament and all but ending the Lobos season short of the NCAA College Cup.
New Mexico, who defeated UNLV in overtime on Thursday, outshot Bakersfield 8-7 on the day, but that was of little consequence. Zardes netted his first goal 9:36 into the opening half when he got lose in front of the net and banged in a shot to the far post past a helpless Justin Holmes for a 1-0 lead. That lead would hold until 7:59 into the second half when Zardes would strike again.
Richard Menjivar played a ball to Zardes on the right, and he again went back post, making it 2-0, and New Mexico never could answer. The Lobos only mustered one shot on net, forcing Roadrunner keeper Eric Shannon to make one save. Holmes also had one save as well.
New Mexico most likely needed to win the tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament due to an RPI in the 50s. The team will await the official word on Monday, but the most likely scenario is the Lobos came very close but will not make the tournament.
NOTES: Josh Caffey won the team goal scoring title with four, and he and Michael Reed each had nine points ... the loss ended an eight match unbeaten streak ... UNM scored four goals and allowed four goals in their final six games ... it marked only the second loss in MPSF tournament play as the Lobos are now 8-2-1.