April 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Men’s Soccer team looked to keep their winning ways of the spring season on Saturday. They also had a chance for a little revenge against Air Force, who was a thorn in the Lobos’ side in 2012. UNM completed both missions with a pair of wins against their ex-conference foes.
James Rogers would prove to be the catalyst in the Lobo attack in game one. The junior forward scored a pair of goals in the first half. He first got on the board in the 17th minute after receiving a flick pass form Christopher Wehan at midfield. Rogers handled the pass and took care of the rest on a solo drive as he dribbled around and through multiple Falcon defenders. The forward scored to the far post at the culmination of his solo effort.
Rogers scored again just seven minutes later but only after getting some help from teammates. The scoring action began with a beautiful passing combination from James Wypych and Christopher Wehan at the edge of the box. Wehan connected the combination to Rogers deep in the box for the match’s second goal. It was part of an aggressive first half for Coach Fishbein and company on the offensive end as they out-shot the Falcons six to one.
New Mexico conceded a late goal to the Falcons after being whistled for a foul deep in their own half. The Lobos gave up the clean sheet but held on to win the match 2-1.
In an abbreviated second match, New Mexico also won 3-1 with a flurry of goals. That flurry came after Air Force’s Scott McGillivray found the back of the net in the early going. The Cherry & Silver answered with three goals in twelve minutes with Levi Rossi scoring twice. The third goal, from C.J. Klepac, was his first-ever goal in a Lobo uniform after redshirting last season as a freshman.
The 2013 exhibition schedule will come to a close next week. The Lobos will play their final action of the spring on Saturday, April 27th versus Creighton at 3:30 p.m. New Mexico will face Creighton, a final four team a year ago, at the Pioneer Soccer Complex on the campus of Denver University.