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Top-Seeded New Mexico Shuts Out Denver, 3-0
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 11/09/2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Denver men's soccer team fell to No. 1 seed and host New Mexico 3-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Semifinals on Friday night at UNM Soccer Complex.

"We lost to a very good team tonight," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "They were the much better team in the first half, but I thought we came out and really stepped up our level of play in the second half. Unfortunately, it just didn't go our way today."

The Lobos (16-3-0) got on the board in the 22nd minute on Ben McKendry's first of two goals on Friday night. Nik Robson started the scoring opportunity, as his shot from inside the 18 was saved by sophomore keeper Oliver Brown (Louisville, Ky.). The rebound came off Brown to Devon Sandoval, who found McKendry for the first-half breakthrough.

McKendry's second came just eight minutes later (30th minute), off a headed assist from Levi Rossi. The two goals were McKendry's fifth and sixth of the season, and gave the Lobos a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Denver (11-6-3) junior forward Zach Bolden (Denver, Colo.) had a chance to make it 2-1in the 48th minute, but his penalty kick was saved by substitute goalkeeper Patrick Poblete, who came in for preferred keeper Victor Rodriguez at halftime.  

UNM netted a spot kick of its own in the 54th minute to make it 3-0, Robson's fifth goal of the season.

New Mexico held an 18-8 advantage in shots in the match, including 10-1 in the opening 45 minutes.

Denver will play the waiting game now, as it sits on the NCAA Tournament bubble heading into Monday afternoon's NCAA Men's Soccer Selection Show.

"No matter what happens with the selection show on Monday, I want to thank the seniors for how far they have taken us in their four years here," Muuss said. "They've meant a lot to the development of this program, and have created a very positive culture for this team moving forward. There is nothing for this group to hang their heads on."

That senior class led the Pioneers to 11 wins this season, the most in Muuss' six-year tenure at DU.

The Lobos will face Air Force in the MPSF Final on Sunday. Air Force won both meetings between the two programs this season.


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