#9 New Mexico – 2 #11 Cal State Northridge - 3 (Match Report)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For the second weekend in a row, the ninth-ranked New Mexico Lobos (3-1-1) faced the eleventh-ranked team in the nation on a Sunday. Sunday night's match was the final action of the 2013 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational. The Matadors jumped out to a two-goal lead, and they held on to win despite a furious comeback attempt from the home team.
Cal State Northridge (5-0-0) found the back of the net first when Sagi Lev-Ari’s shot was blocked and bounced through the box to found the foot of David Turcios at the far post. The redshirt sophomore put away the rebound for his first goal of the season.
The Matadors would find their way onto the scoreboard again less than eight minutes later before New Mexico could equalize. Brian Behrad forced a turnover and sped off on a one-man attack and drove deep into the six-yard box before putting away the goal to the far post.
The Lobos were held scoreless in the first half with a Michael Kafari goal being waved off for a foul. James Wypych also nearly put UNM on the board when an Oniel Fisher pass found him, but his flick would miss just wide.
New Mexico would get on the scoreboard when Michael Calderon slotted home a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Calderon’s third goal of the season got the home crowd back into the game as New Mexico’s offensive pace picked up even more in search of an equalizer.
However, Northridge would find the back of the net first in the 71st minute on a Sagi Lev-Ari goal on a combination from Carlos Benavides and David Turcios.
The Lobos kept pressing as the game approached the final minutes. Freshman Niko Hansen gave UNM their second goal of the night when he hammered home a rebound from a James Wypych shot in the 89th minute. The Cherry & Silver attacked down to the final whistle and were unable to find an equalizer despite threatening down to the very end.
Cal State Northridge (27:35) David Turcios (Sagi Lev-Ari assist)
Cal State Northridge (34:50) Brian Behrad
New Mexico (64:56) Michael Calderon (penalty kick)
Cal State Northridge (70:14) Sagi Lev-Ari (David Turcios & Carlos Benavides assist)
New Mexico (88:36) Niko Hansen (James Wypych assist)
New Mexico Starters: Lisch (GK), Gibbons, Venter, Miele, Fisher, Calderon, Kafari, McKendry, Rogers, Wehan and Hansen.
First Half Subs: Dye (26:38), McGovern (26:38), Wypych (32:06) and Goss (35:37)
Second Half Subs: Rochowski (80:20)
“Tonight was pretty disappointing. I thought we played quite well. They got their first two goals off the deflection, and got the good bounce, and that’s going to happen. We stayed the course and got the one goal back. We really got control of the game… Had a little mental slip up and they got the third. We kept battling, but it was a little too late.” – Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein
“We got to regroup and realize this can happen any game. You can’t let people stay in. There were a lot of positives, and we showed a lot of fight. We will be excited to play next Friday back here at home.” – Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein
- Sunday evening marked the second-straight Sunday where the Lobos faced the eleventh-ranked team in the nation. Before tonight’s match, the Lobos downed then #11 Georgetown 1-0 in Washington D.C.
- Coming into Sunday evening, goalkeeper Michael Lisch had surrendered only one goal in his previous 359 minutes of action. His scoreless streak was snapped at 386 minutes on Northridge’s first goal.
- Sunday night was the first time New Mexico allowed three or more goals since surrendering four goals to Creighton in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
- James Rogers and Ben McKendry were selected to the 2013 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational All-Tournament Team.
After back-to-back weekends of two matches in three days, New Mexico will have a lighter load next week with only one weekend match. The Lobos will host the Drake Bulldogs on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex.