#9 New Mexico –1 #11 Georgetown-0 (Double Overtime)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ninth-ranked University of New Mexico Lobos wanted to avoid a second draw in a row in their primetime match-up at eleventh-ranked Georgetown. It was freshman Nicholas Rochowksi who waited for the bright lights of double overtime to deliver his first career goal and gave UNM the double-overtime victory.
The match began with defensive-minded play as the first 45 minutes saw only one shot on goal. The only real scoring threat came just two minutes in for the Lobos. The New Mexico attack yielded a quality chance for freshman Christopher Wehan who blasted a shot from the edge of the box that forced a save from Tomas Gomez.
The Lobo attack really began to assert themselves in the final ten minutes of regulation as they earned numerous corners and took several shots. New Mexico fired off five shots in the final five minutes but was unable to find the back of the net. The two teams entered overtime with a 10-7 UNM shot advantage, and UNM led by five in corner kicks.
Neither side capitalized on any chances in the first overtime as New Mexico outshot the Hoyas 2-0. James Rogers nearly had a game-winner in the box off a deep run from Mathew Gibbons, but the junior forward missed high.
New Mexico would finally kick the door down after knocking on it in the attack for over 100 minutes. A Michael Calderon-James Rogers combination placed Rogers on the left side of the box with a full head of steam. Rogers’ shot was saved by Georgetown’s Thomas Gomez, but Rochowski found the rebound and sent home the golden goal.
New Mexico: 103:58 – Nicholas Rochowksi (James Rogers Assist)
New Mexico Starters: Lisch (GK), Gibbons, Venter, Miele, Fisher, Calderon, Kafari, McKendry, Rogers, Wehan and Reyes.
First Half Subs: Hansen (19:24), McGovern (28:31), Goss (39:04)
Halftime Subs: Wypych
Second Half Subs: Rochowski (65:06)
- New Mexico and Georgetown may be separated by thousands of miles but do have recent history prior to Sunday. The Hoyas and Lobos met during the non-conference portion of the 2010 season in Albuquerque, which ended in a 3-1 UNM victory.
- The Cherry & Silver played a second-consecutive overtime match. It marks the fifth-straight season New Mexico has had back-to-back overtime matches in a season.
- Redshirt freshman Nicholas Rochowski’s game winner was his first career goal. It came off an assist from James Rogers who now has three goals and an assist in three matches this season.
- Michael Lisch recorded the clean sheet, which was his first shutout as a Lobo.
The Lobos will return for an extended home stand for a couple of weeks. Their next game will be on Friday, September 13 against Santa Clara at 7 p.m. on the first day of the 2013 TLC Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Lobo Invitational.