ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico men's soccer team was left frustrated and disappointed by a 0-0 tie with Cal State Bakersfield in the final regular-season home game at the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Lobos (7-4-2, 4-2-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) missed a chance to gain ground on picking up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament against the Roadrunners (9-3-3, 4-0-3), who lead the Pacific Division.
"That was a game that we expected to win," UNM coach Jeremy Fishbein said. "We didn't come out to tie."
UNM outshot Bakersfield, 21-6, but could not get the ball past the Roadrunners' Eric Shannon, who had 10 saves.
"I'm not going to say I'm happy," Fishbein said. "When you dominate like that, you've got to put games away. We had our chances. But we can't dwell on it. We've got to move forward, play well, and we're excited for our next chance."
The Lobos' best scoring chance came in the final minute of the second overtime as senior James Urbany sent a seemingly perfect cross in to junior Michael Green.
"I was going to go across the face (of the goal) on the ground, but I saw the defenders pushing that way so I chipped it back to the six (yard mark)," Urbany said. "We've worked on that, I thought Green was going to score."
Green's point-blank shot was on target, but he wasn't able to get much power on the ball and Shannon came up with his 10th and final save to preserve the tie.
"I was just trying to direct it towards the goal," Green said. "It was hard to do anything with it. But, I should have finished it."
"That's got to be a goal," he said. "We don't want to single our players out. It's a great group of guys. But if you want to be a great team you've got to have individuals step up and put away chances.
"The biggest challenge is creating opportunities, which is what we're doing."
Urbany said the Lobos respected the Roadrunners' effort, but that UNM should have been able to put the game away.
"They're a great team," Urbany said. "They're new to Division I, but they've got a lot of strong players. But the thing is, especially in the second half and overtime they were playing for a tie and we knew it. We were shoving the ball down their throats."
The game was the home finale for five Lobo seniors in Urbany, Andrew Parsons, David Murphy, Matt Armstrong and Michael Reed.
"They played well today," Fishbein said. "There were tons of positives."
Green said the Lobos – who will finish the regular season with road games at Sacramento State on Thursday, at San Jose State next Saturday and at UNLV on Nov. 6 – have to maintain a positive attitude.
"We've got to keep our heads up, not be frustrated with this tie," Green said. "We've still got everything ahead of us. We've just got to work hard."