Oct. 30, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV-UNM Men's Soccer Notes
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* UNLV Returns from Week Off To Take On #21 New Mexico
UNLV will try to get back on track this weekend as they entertain the No. 21 Lobos of New Mexico Saturday at 7 p.m. in their first home game since Oct. 7. Thanks to the MPSF strange scheduling, the Lobos and Rebels face each other for the second straight game, since both teams were off last weekend. Two streaks are at jeopardy in this game, as UNM is undefeated in their last eight, while the Rebels have stumbled in their previous four. UNLV is home for the next three games, facing both California schools in the MPSF next weekend.
* UNLV Drops Fourth Straight With Loss At New Mexico In Front Of Packed House
The Rebels, who started off solid this season, have hit the skids as of late as they fell to New Mexico 2-1 in Albuquerque, N.M. on Oct. 20. The game had followed the USA Women's National Team game with Mexico, so many people stuck around to enjoy the MPSF game in what was the largest crowd (3,408) the Rebels have played in front of this season. The Lobos hopped out to a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute on Chris Wright's league-leading eighth goal of the year. The score at the intermission was 1-0, but following the break, UNM added to its lead as Simon Ejdemyr scored his third of the season with help from Blake Danaher. UNLV cut the deficit in half with just under eight minutes to go as Lamar Neagle knocked in a Daniel Cruz rebound. The Rebels had a few more scoring chances, but none came to fruition as the Rebels fell to New Mexico for the seventh consecutive time.
* Scouting the New Mexico Lobos
New Mexico comes into today's game with a 9-3-1 record, after knocking off the Rebels two weeks ago in Albuquerque, N.M. The Lobos are also ranked 21st according to the latest NSCAA poll, released every Tuesday afternoon. UNM is a stellar 7-0-1 over their last eight times out. The Lobos have the country's 18th best offense statistically, which is led by Chris Wright. Wright, who leads the Lobos with eight goals on the year, is currently ranked 27th nationally in goals per game and 28th in points per game. In a statistical oddity, all but one position player on the team has fired at least one shot this season. Also, the Lobos have many playmakers as six players have at least three assists. In goal, UNM has the conference's best keeper in Mike Graczyk. Graczyk was a first-team All-MPSF honoree a season ago, and was slated as a second-team Preseason All-American by CollegeSoccerNews.com this year. So far this season, he has allowed only 10 goals, logging four shutouts and making 28 saves.