The BR-7 New Mexico men’s soccer team is starting to get on a roll, winning their fourth straight game after defeating Missouri State 2-0 in front of their home crowd of over 1,000 last Sunday.
Missouri State has a reputation for being a defensive-minded team, and they showed just that as they held the Lobos to no shots on goal until the 50th minute in the match when Bears goalkeeper Addison Watson had to make a diving save on midfielder Ben McKendry.
The first scoring chance for either team came in the 25th minute when sophomore Niko Hansen received a great pass from defender Riley McGovern, but defender for the Bears’ Addison Watson forced him into a shot that hit the side of the net.
The Lobos finally broke through at the 72:39 mark after McGovern found senior midfielder Oniel Fisher in the box as he put a shot past Watson for his fourth goal of the year. The play started when left back Matthew Gibbons found junior midfielder Josh Dye who got the ball to McGovern to set up Fisher.
McGovern almost gave New Mexico a 2-0 lead just a few minutes later, but he ripped a shot from inside the box that hit the side of the net.
With only a few minutes remaining, the Bears started to push more men forward to give them a shot at getting on the board, but the Lobos caught them off guard after a build-up play when midfielder Christophe Wehan sealed the match in the 84th minute after marching into Missouri’s area and rolling a ball past Watson.
UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein was pleased with his team’s performance after the match.
“We were good tonight; it was just a matter of staying the course. Missouri State was a team that was going to try and score either in transition or off a set piece. That’s what we were prepared for. We were good on the ball, we were patient, and we didn’t give them any openings.”
Lobos’ goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu tied UNM’s freshman record for shut outs on the season despite not having to make a single save on goal, as they held an advantage over shots 11-1. Andrew Weber also recorded five clean sheets in 2001.
New Mexico moves to 9-2-1 and will travel to Kentucky on Saturday, October 18th.