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Lobo Soccer Beats the Elements

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Robson, Rogers Power 2-1 Win

HOUSTON – Senior Nik Robson and sophomore James Rogers scored second-half goals to lead No. 4 New Mexico to a 2-1 win over Houston Baptist on Sunday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men’s soccer opener.

The game, which was postponed Saturday night because of bad weather, was played in strong winds and light precipitation.

“The whole trip was a real challenge,” Lobo coach Jeremy Fishbein said. “It was indecision right up until game time last night, and then we ended up playing at a different site on a different day. I thought our guys responded to the adversity by playing well.”

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Friday: Air Force at UNM, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Denver at UNM, 1 p.m.

UNM’s stretch of 195 consecutive scoreless minutes ended when the Huskies’ Kristopher Tyrpak scored off a rebound.

But Robson tied the match in the 63rd minute off a Devon Sandoval pass.

Rogers scored his fourth goal of the season 15 minutes later with assists from Robson and Blake Smith.

Senior goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez had a season-high four saves for UNM (8-1-0, 1-0-0).

“We really only made one mistake, and they pounced on it to get the early goal,” Fishbein said. “We knew after that it would be tough going against a team in a defensive shell that was up one goal. We had to be really good attacking, and we got a wonderful goal from Nik Robson and another from James Rogers. We challenged ourselves a bit more than we needed to, but I thought it was a mature effort in dealing with the entire situation.”
— This article appeared on page B6 of the Albuquerque Journal

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