Both the University of New Mexico men’s soccer team and the football team had good starts against ranked opponents this weekend. However, neither was able to finish with a win.
Men’s Soccer – Sept. 7
New Mexico hung with the No. 23 Tulsa for double overtime but ended the night with a 2-1 loss to the Golden Hurricane. The Lobos are now 2-3 this season, with four of their five opponents being ranked teams.
Tulsa (3-1-1) led 25-9 in shots as Lobo goalkeeper Ford Parker made a total of 10 saves. The home team scored first with a shot from 12 yards out from Gilles Kuhler. This happened with only two minutes remaining in the first period. New Mexico’s Omar Grey scored his third goal of the season two minutes after the second half began.
The winning goal came during the 108th minute courtesy of Adam Habib with an assist from Harris Partain.
“Tonight was a tough one, the guys really battled and they really played well,” head coach Jeremy Fishbein said on a statement. “To our guys’ credit, we opened the second half strong and tied up the game. We had better chances in the second half, but we had two really good ones we didn’t finish.”
Football – Sept. 8
The Lobos fell 14-45 to the Wisconsin Badgers. The first quarter ended with New Mexico (1-1) holding a 7-3 lead against the No. 5 Wisconsin (2-0). Delane Hart-Johnson caught an 11-yard pass from Tevaka Tuioti at the 7:22 mark for the first touchdown of the day. This was exciting for Lobo fans, as their team held this lead for most of the first half of the game.
Wisconsin took the lead with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter. Not only did the Lobos fall behind during this period, they also lost Tuioti who left the game with an injury. Sheriron Jones took over as quarterback.
The away team couldn’t put any points on the board during the third quarter. But Wisconsin managed to score two touchdowns followed by successful kicks. By the time the fourth quarter began, the Badgers held a 24-7 lead.
The fourth quarter proved even more difficult for the Lobo defense, which allowed Wisconsin three more touchdowns. Meanwhile New Mexico only scored one with 11 minutes remaining when Elijah Lilly caught a five-yard pass from Jones.
“We lost our rhythm offensively when Tevaka went out in the second quarter,” said Bob Davie on a statement. “We needed to play really well, and we needed to get some breaks, and we got a few. I would have liked to have seen what Tevaka could have done playing the whole game, but that’s not how football goes.”