Sept. 17, 2012
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LATE HEROICS AS NON-CONFERENCE WINDS DOWN
NO. 7 NEW MEXICO (5-1-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) with one minute and three seconds left in the second overtime, Carson Baldinger nailed the game-winner off a Ben McKendry corner, as the Lobos pulled out a 2-1 result over UC Irvine to win the TLC Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Lobo Invitational. UCI had forced OT with three ticks left in regulation. UNM also took out Dartmouth, 3-2, last Friday. Fairfield and Northern Illinois visit this week.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-3-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) Steve Sanchez delivered his ninth career game-winner in the 89th-minute, out of 11 career goals, as the Spartans edged former MPSF rival Sacramento State 2-1 on the road Sunday. He also put the Spartans on the board in the OT loss at Stanford. Bradley and New Jersey Tech visit this week, as part of the San Jose State/Santa Clara Tournament.
DENVER (3-1-2 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) Josh Wren scored the game-winner against Presbyterian in the 81st-minute on Friday, and followed up with an insurance goal in the 76th-minute against Oral Roberts Sunday, as the Pioneers cruised to 3-1 and 4-0 victories. Zach Bolden added a goal and an assist vs. the Eagles. Unbeaten in five straight, Denver travels to Albuquerque, NM, this weekend for games against Northern Illinois and Fairfield.
CSU BAKERSFIELD (2-1-3 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) routed recent conference foe Sacramento State at home this past Friday, 4-0, following a 2-1 edging of CS Fullerton last Monday (Sept. 10). Sophomore David Velasquez put away his first career goal against the Titans, also the game-winner, before scoring again against the Hornets. The Roadrunners are on a road swing this week, at SMU Thursday (Sept. 20) and nationally-ranked UCR Sunday.
UNLV (2-5-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) cashed in its largest margin of victory, along with its best goal production in over two full years, routing Canisius 5-1 at home this past Sunday. Previously unbeaten this year and receiving votes, the outcome marked the worst for the Griffins in three years. Nick Marshall put away a pair of goals and dished an assist, while Eddie Vega added one of each. UNLV heads to San Diego State and Sacramento State.
AIR FORCE (3-3-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) blanked Presbyterian, 2-0 at home Sunday, recovering from its overtime loss to Oral Roberts. Zane Dydasco and Kevin Durr tallied over the weekend, while Matt Underwood picked up five saves in the shutout. The Falcons take on the Big West this week, traveling to Southern California, and facing CS Fullerton Thursday (Sept. 20) and CS Northridge Saturday (Sept. 22).
HOUSTON BAPTIST (2-4-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) dropped a 5-0 outcome at California last Tuesday, the last of a three-game road swing on the west coast. Zach Harwerth and Kevin Suarez combined for five saves in goal. The Huskies are off until they compete in their first official MPSF contest on Sept. 29, hosting defending conference champion New Mexico.
SEATTLE U (1-4-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) dropped a 6-2 Sunday home game to Big West Powerhouse UC Santa Barbara. Hamza Haddadi and Enrique Bellow tallied second-half goals, the first of the year for each. The Redhawks continue their stretch of four straight in Seattle, hosting Portland Friday (Sept. 21) and visiting the University of Washington Sunday (Sept. 23).
NICK MARSHALL MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UNLV senior forward Nick Marshall (Tucson, AZ/Canyon Del Oro HS) scored twice, including the game-winner and dished an assist in the 5-1 rout of Canisius, a team that was receiving votes in the NSCAA Top-25 poll. Marshall's first goal came in the 37th-minute to put UNLV up 2-1. He then had an assist to set up the third score, eluding three defenders on the baseline before sending a pass to Rodrigo Fuentes in the 50th-minute. Marshall then helped to seal the win by scoring a second goal on a run into the box and shot from 15 yards out in the 60th-minute, before drawing a penalty kick (converted by Julian Portugal) in the 63rd-minute.
Also Nominated: Devon Sandoval (NM); Josh Wren (DEN); Steve Sanchez (SJSU); David Velasquez (CSUB)