SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 13 Indiana University waited until the last minute, then got a penalty-kick goal and defeated the University of New Mexico 1-0 on Friday in the men’s soccer season opener for both teams.
In the opening game of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame, the Hoosiers created a scoring opportunity with overtime looming. IU worked the possession two yards inside the 18-yard box and got two shots. UNM was called for a handball on the second. Preseason All-American Tanner Thompson delivered on the penalty kick for the score at the 89:30 mark.
UNM didn’t give up. The Lobos’ Luke Lawrence had a header that required a diving save at the near post by Colin Webb to preserve the win.
“It is unfortunate to lose a game in the last 30 seconds and it is never good to put yourself in a situation where the referees can make a call that can control the outcome of the game,” UNM coach Jeremy Fishbein added, “but overall we played well and this is a game we’re going to build on.”
The Lobos, who were outshot 14-12, return to action on Sunday in the tournament with a noon contest against No. 9 Notre Dame.
Box score: No. 13 Indiana 1, UNM 0
UNM WOMEN: In Berkeley, Calif., host and No. 21 California blanked the Lobos 2-0. It was the second defeat for the 0-2-0 Lobos to a ranked team in as many outings.
The 2-1-0 Bears outshot UNM 18-11. Jennifer Munoz had three of the Lobos’ shots, two of them on goal.
The Lobos stay in California and return to action on Sunday against Pacific in Stockton.
Box score: No. 21 Cal 2, UNM 1