STEVENS: Freshman Patrick Pacheco Gets First Start And First Goal
Sept. 20, 2009
Lobo Men's Soccer
By Richard Stevens -- Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
There was really nothing freshman about the move, the shot, or the thought process that went into the rocket Lobo freshman Patrick Pacheco sent screaming at Gonzaga goalie Scott Barnum Sunday at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Pacheco's head did what it was taught. So did his feet.
"I've been told to go at players when they are backing up," said Pacheco, a New Mexico product from Taos. "I did what they taught me."
Pacheco received the soccer ball on the right side of the UNM's attack. He dribbled slowly at a Gonzaga defender, who backed away from the young Lobo. Pacheco also threw in a fancy step-over/sissors-type move to widen the crack in the Gonzaga defense.
"Scissors, step-over, what ever you want to call it," said Pacheco. "He fell for it and I got the open look."
Then Pacheco's left leg snapped like a bull whip and he sent a screamer to the near-side post. Barnum probably made a mistake in not protecting the short side more. "I saw the keeper was cheating to his right side," said Pacheco. "I got the open look and took the shot."
Barnum never had a chance to stop Pacheco's rocket and at the 18:46 mark of the first half, UNM had the only goal it needed in a 3-0 win. Pacheco raced over to the Lobo bench to celebrate with his teammates. The win gave the Lobos the title in the TLC Plumbing/Nike Invitational. Both UNM and Gonzaga came into Sunday's game with tourney wins on Friday.
It was Pacheco's first start as a Lobo. "He's been playing well," said Lobo Coach Jeremy Fishbein. "It's hard to keep these young guys off the field. They are pretty dynamic."
Pacheco's first major-college goal also was special because of a few Pacheco fans in the crowd. His brother and sister play club ball in Albuquerque and naturally the family hung around to watch their favorite Lobo.
"It was great," said Pacheco. "First start on the field, got a goal. All I can say is thanks to the team, thanks to Fish for giving me the start. I've been waiting for this day since I was little, growing up watching these guys play. My whole family was here."
Much like Friday's 2-1 win over UC Davis, UNM dominated the first half. Unlike that game, it was the Lobos who carried the 1-0 lead into the locker room. UNM had 10 shots-on-goal to three for the Bulldogs. The Lobos had three corner kicks and Gonzaga had none. UNM goalie Victor Rodriguez had three saves in the first half.
Lobo sophomore Michael Green put the game out of reach with a smash at the 42:39 mark of the second half.
"I made a run through the middle and Michael (Reed) found me right on the dot and I hit it," said Green. "We are playing together and really committed."
The 3-0 rout was completed by James Urbany. UNM threw the ball in front of the Gonzaga net and out of the mess of bodies Urbany found the ball at his feet. He rolled it hard and low and it slipped through the crowd and across the line at the 51:52 mark.
"It was a real mature performance today," said Fishbein. "The guys handled the game the way we planned. There were some different challenges and the guys played extremely well. We also are trying to get some other guys minutes. You need to keep guys hungry.
"We have some big games ahead of us. The next four games are all Top 20-type teams. That's who we want to play."
Said Green: "We are looking forward to those games."
The Lobos play No. 7-ranked California Friday at Stanford. UNM plays No. 32 Stanford on Sunday. The Lobos come back home to play Cal-State Northridge (Oct. 3) and No. 16 UC Irvine (Oct. 7).
"We have a lot of confidence now before we travel," said Pacheco.
The win raised UNM's mark to 4-2. Gonzaga fell to 4-2-2. It was UNM's first win over Gonzaga as the series moved to 2-1-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
UNM ended the contest with 22 shots-on-goal to 10 for Gonzaga. The Lobos had four total corner kicks to one for the Bulldogs. The game was played in front of 1,781 fans. Binghamton took third place Sunday with a 1-0 win over UC Davis.
All-Tourney Team: Offensive MVP, Michael Green, UNM; Defensive MVP, David Murphy, UNM; Ryan Farquharson, UNM; Lance Rozeboom, UNM; Nick Barclay, Gon; Tye Perdido, Gon; Nick Love, Gon; Jason Stenta, Bing; Scott Zobre, Bing; Paul Marcoux, UCD; Lance Patterson, UCD.