The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team took the field Thursday night in their second exhibition game at the UNM Soccer Complex against Colorado School of Mines, winning the match 3-1.
Although the Lobos dominated early possession in the first half, opportunities were created for both teams to break the deadlock. There were a couple of mix-ups within the Lobos defense that could have led to trouble. However, the visitors failed to capitalize on it.
Typical of many exhibition games, the teams made sure to utilize different plays and tactics to help them sharpen up for the upcoming season. Both teams made use of their substitutions in the first half in an attempt to get on the scoreboard, but neither could hit the back of the net.
The start of the game showed some promising goal chances, and that is exactly what eventually took place in the second half.
A great run by UNM forward Wedner Delmonte, who turned a defender inside out at the edge of the box, earned himself a one-on-one with the keeper and finished calmly for the opening goal of the match.
UNM’s Aaron Herrera scored the second goal with a freekick, while Luke Lawrence scored a third off a rebound. The game ended 3-1 in favor of UNM with Ashi Geberkidane scoring the lone goal for the Orediggers.
"I think we need to focus on the positives. These are tough games. This was a very good game, and it was a tough team to beat, but our reaction was good, and we played really well in the second half," head coach Jeremy Fishbein said in a release.
Recently, the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll ranked UNM No. 20 in the nation for the 2017 season. Although the Lobos haven’t recorded a shutout in their first two exhibition games, the signs look promising for the season ahead.
Before their season opener on Aug. 25 in Seattle, the Lobos will face Grand Canyon University in their final exhibition game on Aug. 19 at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Ajinkya Patil is a freelance sports reporter for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men’s soccer. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ajinkyapatil_16