#14 New Mexico – 0 Drake - 1 (Match Report)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Men’s Soccer team was looking to take care of business in front of their home crowd in their third home match in seven days against the Drake Bulldogs (2-3-2). New Mexico (3-2-1) conceded the match on a goal by Addison Eck in the 88th minute in the 0-1 loss. UNM would hold advantages in shots (13-4), shots on goal (6-1) and corner kicks (7-2) but were unable to find the back of the net.
Coach Fishbein and company saw the first half play out at a slower pace than normal. The two teams combined for only two shots on goal with both being taken by UNM. New Mexico’s Michael Calderon and James Rogers each forced a save from Drake’s Darrin McLeod. The Lobos held a first-half 7-2 shot advantage and 4-1 corner advantage.
The Cherry & Silver would double their shots on goal in the second half as they forced four additional saves from McLeod with Calderon and Ben McKendry registering the shots on goal. The visiting Bulldogs took only two shots in the second half with their only shot on goal being Eck’s score off a Nick Marshall assist with two and a half minutes remaining.
Drake (87:29) – Addison Eck (Nick Marshall assist)
“This was as disappointing as it comes. It was a game where we knew what we had it front of us. It (Drake) was a team that was going to be real comfortable defending. We were going to have to open them up, and we had the chances.” - Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein
“Our keeper didn’t make a single save the whole game, so they had one chance. They kind of lulled us to sleep. It was a very similar goal to the third goal in the Northridge game. We didn’t put the game away. We had a lot of chances, good chances. When you have a lot of quality attacking players, you have to score goals. They didn’t do it tonight.” Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein
- Tonight was the eighth all-time meeting between the two teams. The New Mexico-Drake series began back in 1988 with Friday night’s match being the first match between the two since 1997.
- The scoreless first half by New Mexico marked the fourth-straight match in which the Lobos did not score in the first 45 minutes of the match.
- The home crowd of 3,004 fans was the biggest listed attendance of the season for the Lobos.
It will be a bit of a change of pace for New Mexico as they will play on the road on Monday evening. The Lobos will travel to UC Santa Barbara to face the Gauchos at 8 p.m. (MT). UC Santa Barbara is a perennial NCAA attendance leader and will have the biggest road crowd seen by the Lobos this season.