The Lobos began their first weekend on the road with a disappointing 1-0 loss to CSUN but bounced back on Sunday with a 5-1 win over No. 30 Cal State Fullerton.
When the Lobos took on the Matadors on Friday, the away team led 14-10 in shots and 9-4 in shots on target. This didn’t matter for the home team however, as CSUN got the only stat that matters in the 72nd minute when Samuel Dadzie scored from three yards out.
Freshman Omar Grey created the most opportunities for the Lobos as he recorded five shots, two of those on goal.
A loss was not how the Lobos wanted to end their first road game of 2018, but they turned things around on Sunday when they took down the Cal State Fullerton Titans, a team that College Soccer News ranked as the No. 30 team after the first week of the season.
New Mexico picked up a 5-1 victory over the Titans with sophomore Nick Taylor pulling off a brace with a goal in each 45-minute period.
Things were even after the first half with a 1-1 result. Taylor’s first goal came at the 12:43 mark from a counterattack and an assist by senior Antoine Vial. CSF’s goal came six minutes later courtesy of Samuel Goni.
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Sophomore forward Matt Puig scored his third goal of the season five minutes into the second half with an assist from Nick Barreiro. Puig earned the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honor after the first week of action since his first two goals came when the Lobos defeated the then-No. 22 Seattle.
The next three goals for the Lobos were unassisted. Antoine Vial scored four minutes after Puig off of a rebound. Taylor’s second goal of the night happened at the 73:10 mark after making a run down the right side, and Grey scored the last one with less than nine minutes remaining off of a rebound.
“The boys were electric tonight!” tweeted UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein. “Great on the ball and took our chances! 5-1 over a quality Fullerton team. All in all, a good weekend. Didn’t take our chances Friday.”