ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Behind a spirited second-half effort, the University of New Mexico men's soccer team overcame a 1-0 defifcit at the break to tie the game in the 64th minute and eventually force overtime. However, early in the first overtime, Loyola Marymount converted a penalty kick to win the game on Tuesday night at the UNM Soccer Complex.
The Lobos (3-8-0) offense was on the attack for much of the match, but were unable to find the back of the net until the second half. At the 63:10 mark of the second half, Nick Taylor tied the game at one-all as he weaved through the defense unassisted, and took a shot and ripped it past the Lions (3-7-0) goalkeeper for his third of the season.
"We have a very good team and I'm really proud of the guys' effort in the second half – their reaction after the goal was just fantastic," head coach Jeremy Fishbein said. "We had the game in hand but we keep making mental mistakes, just momentary mistakes, that affect the outcome of the games. I felt the guys deserved better tonight."
In the later stages of the second half Omar Grey and Erik Virgen both had had great looks on goal with rocket shots that would have possibly put the Lobos up, but LMU's Paul Lewis made a pair of clutch saves. The Lobos offense out-shot LMU by five shots (7-2) in the first half and six (10-4) in the second.
In the overtime period, UNM created a couple shots for themselves, but on a counter attack LMU drew a penalty in the box to earn a penalty kick try in the 92nd minute. LMU's Kris Fourcand then made good on the try to end the game.
The Lobos now head into strictly conference play as they face University of Alabama at Birmingham on Saturday. In the last two seasons, the Blazers have been scoreless against the Lobos. The next home game for the Lobos will be on October 13 vs. South Carolina.