Men's Soccer
No. 20 New Mexico Tops Soccer to Win League Crown

Sophomore keeper Callum Irving saved three shots.

Sophomore keeper Callum Irving saved three shots.

Nov. 9, 2013

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A pair of second-half goals paced No. 20 New Mexico to a 2-0 win over the Kentucky men’s soccer team, lifting the Lobos to the 2013 Conference USA Championship, on a chilly Saturday night in front of 2,023 at the UNM Soccer Complex.

Kentucky (6-9-3, 3-4-2 Conference USA) concluded its regular season with the 2-0 loss at New Mexico, with the Lobos emerging from a scoreless first half with goals in the 62nd minute and the 77th frame. The win lifts UNM to the league regular-season title, owning a 7-1-1 record in its first season in C-USA.

The Wildcats will return to action in the C-USA Tournament, hosted by Charlotte, from Nov. 13-17 at Transamerica Field. UK will face Old Dominion in the first round of the tournament, as ODU finished with a 6-3 record in league action, including a 2-1 overtime loss to Kentucky in Norfolk, Va.

New Mexico (11-4-2, 7-1-1 C-USA) got on the board in the 62nd minute, as Michael Calderon lofted a corner kick into the box, with Kyle Venter leaping to head it in at the far post.

In the 77th frame, UNM added to its lead, as James Rogers lofted a cross across the box to Ben McKendry at the corner of the six-yard box. McKendry finished his fourth goal of the year at the near post.

UK had its best chance to score in the first half, when Justin Laird fired a shot into the back of the net that was waved off for offsides.

GAME NOTES: Freshmen Ryan Creel and Kaelon Fox were UK’s first subs of the game … This was the first meeting between the two schools … Senior center back Steven Perinovic won 5-of-8 contested header attempts in the game and has now won 138-for-180 on the year.




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