ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the blink of an eye, the New Mexico men's soccer team went from cruising to victory to suffering an agonizing defeat.
Air Force scored all of its goals in a five-minute span in the second half to defeat the Lobos 3-2 at the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
"We played extremely well, had control of the game (and then) a five-minute span cost us the game," Lobos coach Jeremy Fishbein said. "I don't know what else you can say."
UNM (4-4-2, 1-2-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) took the lead in the 51st minute when Josh Caffey crossed from right to left across the box, finding Michael Reed, who struck the ball into the lower right corner of the goal.
Things fell apart for the Lobos in the 72nd minute when the Falcons (3-8-0, 1-2-0) got a free kick that was deflected out of the box. Zane Dydasco was there to collect the ball, skirt the defense and drive a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
"The first one, not a good clearance," Fishbein said. "We didn't have good one-(on)-one defending. The kid hit a nice goal to tie it up. (But) I still felt real good."
The Falcons charged at the goal again a minute later as Kyle Moses hammered a shot directly at Lobo goalkeeper Justin Holmes, who failed to collect the ball. It bounced right to a hard-charging Caleb Downey, who put the ball away for a 2-1 Air Force lead.
"With their second goal, that was our first goalkeeper mistake of the year in terms of a costly one," Fishbein said. "Our keeper didn't hold onto it and (they) had a good follow-up."
The Falcons struck again in the 77th minute, with Kevin Durr launching a shot from 25 yards out that eluded Holmes for a 3-1 Air Force lead.
The Lobos had their opportunities to get back into the game, but they failed to score until Michael Kafari headed in Lance Rozeboom's cross with 14 seconds left.
"Right now our confidence isn't good," Fishbein said. "As a coach, that's something I've got to look at. We've got to have confidence, we know we're a good team, we've got to score the second goal to put games away. We haven't been doing that.
"But there's still a lot of soccer ahead of us and I believe in these guys."
The Lobos hit the road to Denver on Thursday and Air Force on Saturday.