Sept. 25, 2010
Hanover, N.H. --- Bryan Giudicelli slotted home a loose ball with just under 10 minutes to go, giving the Dartmouth Big Green a 1-0 victory over the #25 New Mexico Lobos, who played and dropped their first road game of the season. New Mexico, who now returns home to open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday, drops to 3-2-2 on the season, while Dartmouth jumped to 4-2-0.
After a fairly even first half, Dartmouth got the only goal of the game at the 80:46 mark. Kevin Dzierzawski sent in a corner kick towards the Lobo goal, and after a small scramble, Giudicelli came up on the loose ball and knocked it by Lobo goalkeeper Justin Holmes to give the Big Green a 1-0 lead. That lead held as New Mexico, which was outshot 13-8 overall and 6-3 on net, only mustered one shot in the final 9:14 when Josh Caffey's blast was stopped by Dartmouth keeper Josh Donavan, who recorded three saves in the shutout.
The Lobos had the edge in corners 7-5, but they also tripled up the Big Green in fouls 12-4.
New Mexico, ranked #25 in the latest Soccer America poll, finish the non-conference portion of the schedule 3-2-2, with one of those on the road and five others against nationally ranked teams. The Lobos now open their 10-game Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule with three straight at home, starting on Friday, Oct. 1 when the Lobos host the UNLV Rebels. New Mexico finished second last year in the MPSF with a 5-2 record, losing in the championship game to Sacramento State on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie.
NOTES: New Mexico has allowed seven goals in seven games, and six have now come in the second half ... UNM hasn't scored in the last 248:09, but they have also allowed just one goal in the last three games (290 minutes) ... this is the first year of the MPSF's 10-game schedule, as the league has been split into two divisions. New Mexico will play their other Mountain Division foes (UNLV, Denver, and Air Force) twice, and the teams from the Pacific Division (Seattle, Sacramento State, San Jose State, and Cal State Bakersfield) once.