UNM Olympic Sports Recap, Sept. 11, 2012

The New Mexico men's soccer team beat a ranked opponent while the Lobos volleyball team won a second tournament in a row this past weekend. The UNM women's soccer team split two matches in the Deep South and the men's and women's golf teams had solid outings for the first time this season.


No. 8 UNM downs UAB 2-0 in men's soccer's rain-soaked home opener

Senior Nik Robson scored his first goal as a Lobo in the 57th minute and James Rogers tacked on an insurance goal in the 79th minute to lead New Mexico over future C-USA foe No. 25 Alabama-Birmingham 2-0 Friday night.

The Lobos weathered monsoon-like conditions in the first half before finding their groove in the second half. UNM donned special Spanish language jerseys

for the match.

The UNM (3-1-0) men next play Dartmouth and UC-Irvine as part of the TLC Plumbing Heating and Cooling Invitational next Friday and Sunday at the UNM Soccer Complex. Missouri St. will also participate but does not play UNM.


UNM volleyball sweep Sheraton Airport/Comcast Lobo Invitational

The UNM volleyball team improved to 10-1 on the season by sweeping all three of their matches in last weekend's Shearton Airport/Comcast Lobo Invitational.

The Lobos def. Georgia Southern 3-2 on Friday night before defeating sweeping the University of Portland 3-0 on Saturday and finishing up with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over UC-Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon.

Coach Jeff Nelson earned a landmark 100th victory against Georgia Southern.

Sophomore middle blocker Elsa Krieg junior outside hitter Ashley Newman were both named to the All-tournament team while sophomore hitter Chantale Riddle was named tournament most valuable player.

The UNM netters next play in the Oklahoma Invitational in Norman, Okla. next weekend against the host Lady Sooners, Arkansas-Little Rock and Southern Methodist.

Lobo women's soccer splits matches with Georgia and Florida.

Senior Rachel Montoya scored a pair of goals, the Lobos won their third straight game last Friday, defeating Georgia 2-0 in Athens, Ga.

Montoya scored the game winner in the 39th minute off a rebound from a hard shot by Elba Olguin. Montoya then gave UNM some insurance in the 80th minute on a free kick from 30 yards out.

On Sunday, No. 24 Florida erased a 2-1 deficit after a 45-minute delay due to lightning to take a 3-2 win over the Lobos. Montoya started the scoring in the 20th minute off a turnover. The Lady Gators equalized in the 49th minute but New Mexico managed to take the lead back on a Stepahine Rowe goal in the 56th.

Florida then scored two goals within six minutes of each other to secure the win.

UNM (3-4-1) hosts in-state rivals NMSU on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex.


UNM men and women golf teams finish 5th in respective tournaments

In Wayzata, Minn., the 18th-ranked New Mexico men's golf team fought the elements to shoot a 22-over 310 on Monday to slipped one spot to a fifth-place finish among the 15 teams after Monday's final round of The Gopher Invitational.

The Lobos UNM posted a 31-over 895 (304-281-310) and finished 33 strokes behind tournament winner No. 2 California (274-290-298=862). The Golden Bears were the only team under par at 2 under.

UNM sophomore Victor Perez was the highest finisher for UNM, finishing in sixth place at 3-over. He posted scores of 73, 68 and 78.

In Fort Collins, Colo. New Mexico junior Manon De Roey won her first collegiate tournament today and set a school record in the process shooting a total of 207 (69-68-70) at the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic – the lowest 54-hole total by a UNM women's golfer as UNM finished fifth overall.

The previous record was 208 held by former All-American Jodi Ewart at the 2009 Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course.

De Roey finished at 9 under, the third best score by a Lobo in relation to par. Ewart was 11 under at the 2009 McGuire while Caroline Keggi finished 10 under at the 1986 Roadrunner Invitational at the New Mexico State University course in Las Cruces.

UNM finished tied for fifth with Louisville, Nevada and  Long Beach State with a 32 over par score of 896. The Lobos shot 298, 288 and 310 respectively.

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