Devon Sandoval Repeats as MPSF Player of the Week
Sept. 3, 2012
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NO. 3 NEW MEXICO (2-1-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) had its nation's leading 23-game unbeaten streak come to an end at Tulsa this past Friday, 2-1 in overtime. The Lobos were quick to recover, though, defeating No. 20 SMU, 3-1 on Sunday. UNM held a 22-6 shot advantage over SMU, its largest disparity in that category since October 8, 2010. Second half goals by Blake Smith and Devon Sandoval provided the difference. The Lobos' home opener is against No. 17 Alabama-Birmingham Friday (Sept. 7)
HOUSTON BAPTIST (2-1-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) blanked Stetson at home this past Saturday, 2-0, scoring just 11 minutes into the game with Kristopher Tyrpak's cross to Zach Pierce. Zach Herwerth posted his first collegiate shutout with three saves. Christian Cruz had his first career goal in the 72nd-minute. The Huskies are in California for three upcoming games, against San Diego State (Sept. 7), San Diego (Sept. 9), and California (Sept. 11).
DENVER (0-1-2 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) kicked off its home schedule this past weekend against Drexel and UC Davis, playing each to a tie. Blake Shannon scored from Josh Wren in the 1-1 outcome with the Aggies, while Wren, Drew Beckie, and Brian Hoyt scored in the 3-3 game vs. the Dragons. Zach Bolden dished two assists in the first half Friday. The Pioneers host St. Louis Saturday (Sept. 8).
CSU BAKERSFIELD (0-1-2 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) tied Washington this past Sunday in Portland, OR, 0-0, its second such result during the week, couple with the Monday UC Davis opener. The Roadrunners were also edged 2-1 by the host Portland Pilots. Eric Shannon had complete game shutouts against the Huskies and Aggies, totaling five saves. CSUB visits St. Mary's Friday (Sept. 7) and hosts CS Fullerton next Monday (Sept. 10).
AIR FORCE (0-2-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) played UC Davis to a scoreless draw last Friday in the home opener at the Academy. Matt Underwood and the Falcon defense allowed just two shots on goal, both saved by the `keeper. Sunday, Air Force was edged in double-overtime by Drexel, 2-1, as Abinadi Samayoa tied the game in the 78th-minute. Air Force travels to Pennsylvania and Villanova this weekend (Sept. 7 & 9).
UNLV (0-3-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) played a pair of double-overtime games in Southern California last week, tying Loyola Marymount (1-1) and falling to CS Fullerton (2-1). Rodrigo Fuentes was assisted by Sal Bernal on a 65th- minute equalizer at LMU. Joaquin Rivas scored in Fullerton, on a Robert Garcia give-and-go. UNLV competes in its home openers this weekend against the Big West, hosting CS Northridge (Sept. 7) and UC Riverside (Sept. 9).
SAN JOSE STATE (0-2-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) had a goal from Dylan Murphy in the 19th-minute, via a Kyler McLaughlin cross, though Cal Poly scored twice in the first three minutes to beat the Spartans this past Sunday (3-1). The assist marked the first collegiate point for McLaughlin. San Jose State visits Santa Clara Sunday (Sept. 9).
SEATTLE U (1-1-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) edged Cal Poly, 1-0, in the Aug. 27 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 was a bye week for the Redhawks, in preparation for visits to Sacramento State Wednesday (Sept. 5) and Nebraska-Omaha Sunday (Sept. 9).
DEVON SANDOVAL MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
New Mexico senior forward Devon Sandoval (Albuquerque, NM/San Diego State) repeats the honor from last week by virtue of scoring the Lobos' third goal that put away No. 20 SMU this past Sunday. Sandoval also set a new career record for shots taken in a game with seven against the Mustangs. He was part of a Lobo attack that registered a 22-6 shot advantage, the biggest difference in that category for UNM since the 2010 season. The last time an athlete earned MPSF Player of the Week consecutively was also during the first two weeks of the 2011 season, done by Gyasi Zardes of CSU Bakersfield.
Also Nominated: Zach Pierce (HBU)