Aug. 26, 2011
LOBO MEN'S SOCCER - AT THE LOBO SOCCER COMPLEX
Friday: Lobos 2, Towson 0
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com.
Was it a coach's instinct? Was it a good guess or maybe a lucky guess? Was it a brilliant move or was it simply time to get some fresh legs into the match?
The two Lobos entered the first half of New Mexico's Friday night run with Towson at the 35:09 mark. They teamed up for a goal at 43:43.
That strike was all the Lobos needed in their 2-0 season-opening win. UNM (1-0-0) added an insurance goal in the second half when Lawrence Robledo drilled in a direct kick from about six yards out of the box, and almost dead center in front of the Towson net.
"We were very good tonight," said Fishbein, whose Lobos next play at home on Sept. 9 against Columbia in the TCL Heating & Cooling Lobo Invitation. "We played a mature game.
"We were focusing on keeping the ball and being dynamic with our runs and I thought we did that for the most part."
Rollie's goal definitely was dynamic. The Lobos moved the ball well on the right side of their attack with Michael Green getting the ball to Rogers. Rogers slanted in toward the net and spotted Rollie on a power run. He put the ball at Rollie's feet. Rollie put the ball into the net.
"I got a lot of help," said Rollie. "I give James Rogers a lot of credit. We moved the ball around and the ball came from the right side and we crashed the ball. He brought it to me and it all happened so quickly.
"I just got a foot up and it went off my shin guard and went in. I just swung my foot. I had no spot in mind."
The Lobos dominated the match on every part of the field. Towson's attack was anything but dynamic and the Tigers probably had only two good chances to score.
Lobo keeper Victor Rodriguez made an outstanding save on one of those Towson shots reaching out at the last moment with his right arm to scoop in a shot headed toward the net.
The Lobos had 20 shots on goal to six shots on goal for the visitors from Maryland. Rodriguez had to make only two saves on the night.
The Lobos second goal was set up by Devon Sandoval, who was weaving the ball through the Towson defense when he was tripped. That set up the free kick almost directly in front of the Towson net and a few yards out of the box.
Towson set up its wall to take away one angle, but wall ended up with a crack in it. Like they say: "There's a crack in every defense. That's how the goals get in." Robledo wasn't so sure that he found the crack as much as his shot found the crack.
"I was going to go over the wall, but the guy on the outside moved and it went right around him," said Robledo. "It looked like the keeper got screened by his own wall. The defender leaned and the shot went by him.
"It was a little lucky, but I'll take it."
"A couple of guys hadn't played 90 (minutes)," said Fishbein. "There was a little bit of fatigue in our decision making. That's a mental thing and it should improve as our fitness gets better.
"I thought the guys who came off the bench made a difference. When you have a deep team, guys don't come off the bench to keep you in it. They come off the bench to make you better. I saw that tonight."