NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The eighth-ranked University of New Mexico men’s soccer team held on for a grueling 1-0 victory at the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Friday night. Chris Wehan’s goal in the 19th minute proved to be the winner as the Lobos withstood heavy second-half pressure.
The Lobos (3-1-0) dominated play throughout most of the first half, but were only able to solve the CSUN (2-3-0) defense once. In the 19th minute, a cross was deflected by the Matadors and lingered near the top of the box. Wehan was the first to it and the sophomore curled it into the net for his second goal of the season.
Freshman Jason Beaulieu, making his second straight start in goal for a banged-up Patrick Poblete, played every ball perfectly, despite not having to make a save.
“The first half was fantastic,” UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein said.
“It was some of the best college soccer I’ve ever seen. We played in their half. We connected passes. We squeezed the field. We didn’t let them get anything going. Wehan scored a great goal and we didn’t give them any chances. But when you let a decent team stay in the game, they’re going to get their chances.”
UNM WOMEN 4, LOYOLA 2: At the UNM Soccer and Track Complex, the Lobos peppered the visitors from Chicago with 13 shots and three first-half goals, then withstood a Loyola rally in the second half to earn their first victory of the season.
Emily Chavez, Cassie Hanson, Claire Lynch and Quincy Slora all scored their first career goals for UNM before a listed turnout of 1,066. The temperature at game time was a chilly 63 degrees with winds of nearly 20 mph.
“In our first three games, we’ve had the challenge of playing three different lineups,” UNM coach Kit Vela said, referencing the juggling of one-game suspensions for most of her players as a result of a preseason hazing incident.
“We had a lot of energy and a lot of youth, but it wasn’t working very well for us in the first 15 minutes. But we came back from that really well.”
The 1-2 Lobos next play No. 6 Florida on Sunday at 11 a.m. Loyola fell to 3-4.
No. 22 ARIZONA STATE 5, NMSU 0: In Tucson at the Arizona Cats Classic, the 1-7 Aggie women had numerous scoring chances, but the 5-1-1 Sun Devils did all the scoring. Taylor Rice made seven saves in her first start in goal this season for the Aggies, who next play at New Mexico.
UNM 3, MONTANA STATE 0: The Lobos (3-4) earned a sorely needed victory Friday night, topping Montana State (25-16, 25-17, 25-10) to open the 2014 MCM Elegante Lobo Invitational at Johnson Center. Chantale Riddle led the Lobos with 11 kills via a .360 hitting percentage against the 2-5 Bobcats.
The Lobos are back in action today vs. Bethune Cookman at 1 p.m. and UC Irvine at 7:30 p.m.
COLORADO STATE 3, NMSU 0: In its own tourney in Las Cruces, New Mexico State lost by the narrowest of margins (26-24, 28-26, 25-23) and fell to 3-4. NMSU resumes play today at noon vs. BYU.
It was a big day for the 8-1 Rams, who earlier took a 3-1 win over the No. 9 Cougars. BYU also defeated UTEP 3-0.