UNM Defeats Air Force, 2-1, With Goal in Final Minute
Oct. 9, 2011
Smith opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season in the 16th minute. He snuck past the Falcon defense and took a pass from Devon Sandoval, then made a move past a diving AFA keeper Matt Underwood and knocked the ball into the open net.
Air Force junior Zane Dydasco evened the score with his first goal of the season in the 24th minute. He fired a shot that was blocked but came right back to him, made a few moves towards the center of the field and fired an 18-yard shot on the ground that snuck past UNM goalie Victor Rodriguez just inside the right post.
Giovanni Rollie had a great chance to give the Lobos a 2-1 lead just a few minutes later but his shot hit squarely off the left post and play continued. New Mexico outshot the Falcons 9-5 in the first half and held a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.
The second half was a back and forth affair with both teams getting decent scoring opportunities. Smith took full advantage of his in the final minute when he took a centering pass from James Rogers and found himself open at the top of the box. His 18-yard shot found the top right corner for the deciding score.
The Lobos owned a 19-10 advantage in total shots and had seven shots on goal, compared to five for the Falcons. Rodriguez made four saves in winning his ninth game of the season while Underwood made five for Air Force.
The Falcons are on the road next weekend for a pair of league games, beginning on Friday, Oct. 16 against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev.