ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The match was scoreless for more than an hour until Torres found the back of the net on a solo effort after attacking across the box and scoring with his left foot. New Mexico nearly countered three minutes later when Ben McKendry’s chip was just long for a sprinting James Rogers in the box.
Colorado scored again less than 10 minutes later on a blistering Hill free kick from outside the box. Like the first goal, the Lobos nearly got it back minutes later when shots from Rogers and Christopher Wehan were blocked deep in the box.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The reserve team of the MLS’ Colorado Rapids defeated the New Mexico men’s soccer team 2-0 in an exhibition on Sunday.
Gabriel Torres, who has started six matches in two seasons for the Rapids’ MLS team, scored in the 61st minute for the reserves. Former UCLA standout Kamani Hill connected on a free kick seven minutes later.
“We put ourselves in a tough situation in having our first match of the spring against a professional team with quite a few of their big players seeing the field,” Lobo coach Jeremy Fishbein said. “From that standpoint, it’s disappointing to lose a game. I thought both of their goals came off our mistakes and not chances that they created. There’s a tinge of disappointment but at the same time it was a great exercise against a great opponent. It’s a great assessment to see where we are and where we can get better.”