Roadrunners, Lobos Extend Unbeaten Streaks to Seven

MPSPORTSDOTORG Patrick Compton's first career goal lifted Air Force in the MPSF opener
MPSPORTSDOTORG
Patrick Compton's first career goal lifted Air Force in the MPSF opener
MPSPORTSDOTORG

Oct. 1, 2012

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CSU BAKERSFIELD (4-1-4 Overall, 1-0-0 MPSF) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games courtesy of a dominant second-half at home last Saturday against UNLV. The Roadrunners scored five unanswered goals, four within the second 45-minute frame, in the initial conference game. Lucas Dall'Orso and Gyasi Zardes each racked up two goals and two assists, with the efforts of the former coming from the bench. SJSU and Seattle U visit this week.

NO. 4 NEW MEXICO (8-1-0 Overall, 1-0-0 MPSF) James Rogers delivered a game-winner at the 77:30 mark, from Blake Smith and Nik Robson, in a Sunday morning and rescheduled conference opener in Houston, TX. Made up from Saturday evening's inclement weather, the Lobos scored twice in the second frame to comeback from a 1-0 deficit at the half and win their seventh straight. Robson put UNM on the board at 63:31.

AIR FORCE (4-5-1 Overall, 1-0-0 MPSF) was out-shot 17-4, though managed to put away the game's lone goal vs. Denver this past Saturday at the Academy to kick-off conference play. Senior Patrick Compton's first career goal in the 61st minute held up, while fellow senior Matt Underwood made three saves for his fourth shutout of the season. The Falcons hit the road this week, visiting New Mexico Friday (Oct. 5) and Houston Baptist Sunday (Oct. 7).

SAN JOSE STATE (3-4-1 Overall, 0-0-1 MPSF) came away with one point in its conference opener at Seattle U, a 0-0 tie. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Schwinn recorded his first career shutout as he faced 23 shots, stopping each of the five on goal. The Spartans stay on the road this week as they take on CSU Bakersfield and UNLV.

SEATTLE U (2-5-1 Overall, 0-0-1 MPSF) goalkeeper Jake Feener, in his first match back as a starter after missing last weekend's games with a knee injury, earned a career-high 11 saves as the Redhawks and San Jose State played to a scoreless draw Sunday. The 11 stops are the most by an MPSF goalkeeper since Matt Underwood of Air Force also had 11 at Denver last year. Seattle U travels to UNLV and CSU Bakersfield this week.

UNLV (2-8-1 Overall, 0-1-0 MPSF) took a loss in opening its MPSF schedule at CSU Bakersfield this past Saturday, and now gets ready for conference home games with Seattle U Friday and San Jose State Sunday. Nick Marshall's fifth goal of the year was assisted by Julian Portugal in the first half in Bakersfield to give the Rebels a lead until the 35th-minute.

HOUSTON BAPTIST (2-5-0 Overall, 0-1-0 MPSF) led No. 4 New Mexico at the half, and did not trail until the 78th-minute in the eventual conference-opening loss. Thilo Borgmann assisted Kristopher Tyrpak in the 16th-minute, a goal that snapped the Lobos' 195-minute shutout streak, and a lead that stood until the 64th. Kevin Suarez collected six saves in goal. The Huskies remain home this week for Denver (Oct. 5) and Air Force (Oct. 7).

DENVER (5-2-2 Overall, 0-1-0 MPSF) had its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped at Air Force last Saturday, 1-0. The Pioneers continue their MPSF road swing at Houston Baptist Friday (Oct. 5) and defending conference champion New Mexico Sunday (Oct. 7).

LUCAS DALL'ORSO MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CSU Bakersfield sophomore midfield/forward Lucas Dall'Orso (Orange County, CA/JSerra Catholic HS) came off the bench to score two goals and record two assists to lead CSU Bakersfield past UNLV 5-1 in the MPSF opener for both schools last Friday (Sept. 29). His two goals matched his season total from 2011, while the six points equaled a 2012 individual best in the conference. Five of Dall' Orso's points came in the second-half.

Also Nominated: Jake Feener (SU); Krystopher Tyrpak (HBU); Nik Robson (UNM); Matt Underwood (AFA)