#9 New Mexico –1 VCU- 1 (Match Report)
RICHMOND, Va. – The ninth-ranked University of New Mexico Lobos opened their east coast road trip with a 1-1 draw at Virginia Commonwealth University (0-1-1). New Mexico (1-0-1) got on the scoreboard late in the first half, but was equalized ten minutes into the second half.
The match was tight for much of the first half. New Mexico held possession early on before VCU produced a couple of threatening chances, which included a goal that was waved off on a handball call in the box.
The Lobos regained possession and pushed towards the end of the half before finding the back of the net. James Wypych penetrated along the left side and fired a pass into the box, which James Rogers tapped home for the goal with his right foot.
It was the Rams who drew first blood in the second half with an equalizer in the 56th minute. The VCU goal came on a run from Devon Fisher who tracked down a long pass from Isaac Iwusu. Neither side would score in the final 35 minutes of regulation after the home team’s goal.
An uneventful first overtime gave way to a scoreless second overtime. The Cherry & Silver threatened in the second overtime when James Rogers collected a ball in the corner of the VCU box. Rogers attempted a shot while slipping to the ground, but it was saved by VCU’s goalkeeper Andrew Wells.
New Mexico (43:19) James Rogers (James Wypych assist)
VCU (55:04) Devon Fisher (Isaac Iwusu assist)
New Mexico Starters: Lisch (GK), Gibbons, Venter, Miele, Fisher, Calderon, Kafari, McKendry, Rogers, Wehan and Hansen.
First Half Subs: McGovern (28:05), Wypych (33:13)
- New Mexico’s first-half goal marks the 12th consecutive match that the Lobos have scored a goal in the first 45 minutes of a game. The last time UNM didn’t score in the first half was their 2-0 win over Denver on October 14, 2012.
- The assist on Rogers’ goal was the first career point for freshman James Wypych.
- The Lobos went to overtime on their second match of the season. The Lobos went to extra time five times last season.
- Friday night’s draw was just the second Lobo tie since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Coach Fishbein and company will return to the pitch on Sunday afternoon at #11 Georgetown in Washington D.C. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (MT).