ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Michael Green scored with 23 seconds left in overtime to give the New Mexico men's soccer team a 2-1 golden-goal victory over UNLV at the Lobo Soccer Complex on Friday night.
The junior midfielder took a pass from senior Michael Reed inside the box and blasted a shot past Rebels goalkeeper Simon Cook to give the Lobos (4-2-2) the victory in both teams' Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener.
"The main thing was just to hit it," Green said. "If you hit it that hard, odds are it's going to go in."
Reed took the ball into the box amid a swarm of UNLV defenders.
"I started out on the right side, Travis (Campbell) was on the left," Reed said. "We switched and I got the ball and I just went at them. I saw Green, I played Green and things just worked out in our favor."
The Lobos took a 1-0 lead into the second half.
Things remained static until the 68th minute, when a scuffle ensued in front of the Rebels' bench. The referee and his assistants struggled to take control, but eventually things calmed down and three yellow cards were handed out – to UNM defender David Murphy, UNLV forward Stephen Sifuentes and the Rebels' bench.
"I just said to (UNLV) at the end of the game, we're both good teams and we can't hamper ourselves by making mental mistakes," UNM coach Jeremy Fishbein said.
Sifuentes was the leading attacker most of the night for the 3-6 Rebels, and he finally broke through in the 74th minute. He took the ball away from the Lobos in front of their own net and drove an off-balance, hooking shot into the upper right corner to tie the game.
"I thought we were OK today," Fishbein said. "We're still playing a little bit tight."
Midfielder Patrick Pacheco put the Lobos ahead in the first half when he beat two defenders and scored in the 16th minute.
The game was the first for UNM without senior captain Ryan Farquharson, who broke his leg in the 1-0 loss at Dartmouth on Sept. 25.