UAB Falls At New Mexico In Battle Of Top-25 Teams

Junior Moses Adeniran nearly tied the game with a 50-yard goal, but was denied at the last second.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The No. 24 UAB men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision at eighth-ranked New Mexico on Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex.

The contest, which served as the home opener for the Lobos, was played in front of 2,975 fans.

"We played very well in the first half," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "Giving up an early goal in the second half made the game much harder. Give credit to New Mexico, they are a very good team.

"We continue to play great teams and learn important lessons. I know we will be better for having challenged ourselves. We will regroup and get ready for another tough match at Clemson on Monday."

Both of New Mexico's goals were scored in the second half, which has been an Achilles heel for the UAB team early in the season. Through five games, the Blazers have outscored opponents 4-0 in the first half, but have been outscored 5-1 in the second half and overtimes on the 2012 campaign.

After holding the Lobos without a shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, the Blazers' defense finally started bending, giving up four shots on frame in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

The high pressure by UNM (4-1) finally paid off in the 57th minute when Nik Robson connected on a beautiful goal, which gave his team a 1-0 lead. The tally was set up by a nifty drop pass by Michael Calderon, which found Robson at the top of the 18-yard box. Robson then drilled a shot into the top left corner to give his team a lead.

The Blazers (2-2-1) came close to answering on what would've been the goal of the year thus far, when junior Moses Adeniran's free kick from 50-plus yards away sailed over defense and appeared to be heading into the back of the net. However, New Mexico goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez made a diving save at the last second while back-peddling to preserve the lead.

A few minutes later, junior Chase Wickham looked like he was going to equalize when he drilled a header into a wide-open net off a throw-in, but a New Mexico defender was there to head the ball off the line and keep his team ahead.

The Lobos would put the game away with a goal at the 78:45 mark when James Rogers was the recipient of a fortuitous bounce in front of the UAB net. Rogers calmly deposited the ball into the back of the net for an insurmountable two-goal advantage.

New Mexico outshot UAB, 17-11 and had a 6-3 shots-on-goal advantage. Blazer goalkeeper Raphael Ville finished with four saves on the night.

UAB will next play at Clemson, which will mark their fourth-straight road contest. The Blazers and Tigers will square off on Monday at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT).