Wildcats Fall in Season Opener to No. 11 New Mexico 7-2
Aug 31, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - No. 11 ranked New Mexico (1-0-0 overall) rode a four goal outburst in the first 45 minutes to a 7-2 victory over Villanova (0-1-0 overall) in the 2013 season opener for both teams here tonight.
Newcomers Padraic McCullaugh and Chris Hill recorded the Wildcat goals. James Rogers, Niko Hansen and Michael Calderon each scored a pair of goals for the Lobos in a game played on a 90 degree night here.
"Our guys fought hard for a good portion of the game," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "We just made far too many mistakes against a great team. They scored three set piece goals and another on a penalty kick. They capitalized on our mistakes the way an outstanding team does."
The first three shots on this warm evening belonged to the Lobos as they had the better of the possession battle early. Junior Andrew Weakly came up with the season's first save on a shot by New Mexico's Niko Hansen from the right side of the net.
A pair of corner kicks gave the Lobos two more opportunities but Villanova cleared both out of danger to keep the contest scoreless as the game headed into its 20th minute.
The fourth corner kick of the night, though, proved to be trouble for the Wildcats. Michael Calderon's corner found teammate James Rogers in the box and Rogers deposited the ball into the net at 21:17 to stake the host Lobos to a 1-0 advantage.
However, it took the Wildcats only 17 seconds to offer a response. Junior back Matt Wiltse lofted a long ball into the box that McCullaugh was able to head over Lobo keeper Michael Lisch at the 21:40 mark to knot matters at one.
Weakly came up with two more saves, both on shots from Calderon in the box, a short while later for the Wildcats. In the 27th minute, New Mexico held an 11-1 edge in shots before junior Aaron Dennis sent VU's second shot of the night towards the goal. This time, though, Lisch made the save.
New Mexico, though, was awarded a penalty kick in the 31st minute and Calderon converted to give the Lobos the lead back at 2-1. Time of the goal was 30:13.
A Calderon corner kick set up the Lobos third goal of the first half. His feed found Riley McGovern at 35:14 to extend the margin to 3-1. UNM then struck again when Rogers tallied his second goal of the night, this one from the right side of the box, to push the Lobos' lead to 4-1 in the 39th minute.
The halftime stats showed New Mexico with a 17-3 edge in shots and 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Early in the second half the Lobos notched their fifth goal of the evening when Josh Goss fed a lead pass into Hansen, who scored to make it 5-1 at 49:09. The Lobos scored again in the 81st minute when Hansen connected with Calderon, who got his second goal of the night. Hansen then added his second goal of the night, an unassisted score, at 81:52 to push the lead to 7-1.
The seven goals are the most surrendered by the Wildcats since a 7-0 loss to St. John's during the 1996 season.
The Wildcats will look to bounce back when they open the home portion of the 2013 regular season on Tuesday at the West Campus Soccer Complex against Hartford. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. and live video and audio is accessible for the match through the Nova Nation All-Access Pass at villanova.com.
"I told the guys after the game, this hurts, but it's one loss," stated Carlin. "We have to learn from this and move forward."