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Lobos Go OT Again, Top UNLV

Caffey Delivers Tourney Victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Josh Caffey came through for the Lobos again, just like always.

The sophomore slotted home the winning goal 7:48 into the first overtime, giving New Mexico’s men a 1-0 overtime win over UNLV on Thursday in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The victory sends the Lobos (9-4-5) into a semifinal match today against second-seeded Cal State Bakersfield.

It was the second time this season the Lobos and Rebels played into overtime. Caffey’s game-winner came after passes from Travis Campbell and Michael Reed found him alone in front and out of reach of UNLV keeper Simon Cook. Caffey protected the ball from Zach Kupfer and scored into an empty net.

Caffey leads the Lobos with four goals this season, and all five of his career goals have been game-winners. This year, three of his four scores decided 1-0 contests.

The beneficiary of Caffey’s heroics was the Lobo back line that threw its seventh shutout in the last eight games. Justin Holmes, who was named honorable mention All-MPSF, had five saves. Other all-conference picks were first-teamer Lance Rozeboom, second-teamers Michael Reed and David Murphy, and Michael Green, who was honorable mention.

In the other semifinal today, top-seeded Denver will face Sacramento State, the No. 5 seed that beat Air Force 6-2 in the other first-round game.

The Lobos are 8-1-1 all-time at the MPSF tournament.

UNM WOMEN: The Lobos (12-2-5) make their NCAA women’s tournament debut at Notre Dame (15-2-2) today at 5:30 p.m.

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