No. 6 New Mexico Defeats No. 2 UCLA To Kick-Off 2012

MPSF Player of The Week Devon Sandoval

Aug. 27, 2012

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NO. 6 NEW MEXICO (1-0-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) rallied for three second half goals to stun No. 2 UCLA, 3-2, in a high profile season opener for both teams last Friday in Westwood. The Lobo unbeaten streak extends to a national-best 23 games, dating back to last year's 18-0-4 record. Devon Sandoval tallied a career-high five points, including a game-winning goal, assisted by Blake Smith. Smith put UNM up 2-1 off a rebound at 59:59. The Lobos compete in the Tulsa Invitational this weekend, against the host Golden Hurricane and No. 16 SMU.

SEATTLE U (1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) edged Cal Poly, 1-0, in last Friday's season opener, as a 39th-minute strike by Miguel Gonzalez was enough. Goalkeeper Jake Feener registered six saves in the complete game shutout. Week two is a bye week for the Redhawks, in preparation for visits to Sacramento State (Sept. 5) and Nebraska-Omaha (Sept. 9).

HOUSTON BAPTIST (1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) broke open a 1-1 tie at the half with four second frame goals in a 5-1 decision last Friday against Oral Roberts at Sorrels Field. As part of five unanswered Husky goals, Thilo Borgmann scored twice. The Huskies are off this week, next competing in California for three games against San Diego State (Sept. 7), San Diego (Sept. 9), and California (Sept. 11).

CSU BAKERSFIELD (0-0-1 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) goalkeeper Eric Shannon recorded a season-opening shutout, as the defending Pacific Division Champions played to a double-overtime scoreless draw at home with UC Davis Monday night . Shannon was in goal for the full 110 minutes, collecting a pair of saves. The Roadrunners travel to Portland, OR, this weekend, facing the host Pilots and the University of Washington.

DENVER (0-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) took No. 5 Charlotte to double-overtime in this past Saturday's season opener, before the 2011 national runner-up pulled out a 2-1 win. Senior Josh Wren opened up the scoring in the 32nd minute, two minutes after checking in. Goalkeeper Oliver Brown collected nine saves. The Pioneers kick off their home schedule on Friday (Aug. 31) against Drexel, followed by a game vs. UC Davis Sunday (Sept. 2).

AIR FORCE (0-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) dropped its first game at Army, 3-0, last Saturday. The Falcons play their home openers this weekend, facing UC Davis Friday (Aug. 31) and Drexel Sunday (Sept. 2). Air Force is coming off its most successful season since 2003, posting 12 wins, a second place mountain division finish, and MPSF Tournament semifinal appearance.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) dropped a 2-0 outcome at home against the University of San Francisco in Sunday night's season opener. Steve Sanchez scored both Spartan goals within the first 14 minutes of last Friday's exhibition vs. CSU Monterey Bay, a 2-2 draw. San Jose State remains home this week as Cal Poly visits Sunday (Sept. 2).

UNLV (0-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) Joaquin Rivas scored in the 69th minute on a 10-yard shot, assisted by Robert Garcia, though the Rebels came up a goal short of an upset at No. 18 St. Mary's (2-1) on Sunday. UNLV, who fell in its opener at UC Davis last Friday, 1-0, returns to California this weekend at Loyola Marymount (Aug. 31) and CS Fullerton (Sept. 2).


New Mexico senior forward Devon Sandoval (Albuquerque, NM/San Diego State) played a role in all three Lobo goals in their win at No. 2 UCLA in last Friday's season opener. He scored twice, which included the eventual game-winner in the 75th-minute, along with an assist. Sandoval tied the game in the 57th-minute with his header off a Levi Rossi cross, and delivered an assist for Blake Smith in the 60th, before scoring the game-winning goal with 15 minutes to play. Sandoval's five points in the game sets a career-high.

Also Nominated: Thilo Bergmann (HBU); Miguel Gonzalez (SU)