Notebook: Lobos Steady at No. 1
STILL UNDEFEATED: No. 1 New Mexico won its first conference match of the season, 1-0, against Denver on Oct. 9. Senior Cody Hanna scored the lone goal in a game dominated by strong defense and the weather.
The Pioneers outshot the Lobos 12-9, but junior Lars Loeseth set up Hanna on a free kick in the 28th minute. At halftime, the rain came in sheets, slowing the offenses in the second half.
Sophomore goalie Mike Graczyck recorded his seventh shutout of the year, making four saves.
ON THE REBOUND: Oregon State rallied from behind to beat No. 15 San Diego State on Oct. 7, and then beat No. 10 UCLA 1-0 on Oct. 9. The Beavers are unbeaten in their last ten games after losing two early-season matches. The Beavers are 3-0 in the PAC-10 and take over first place.
Lucas Egenwall scored the lone goal against UCLA, while Ryan Johnson and Brett Gardner scored in the second half against SDSU.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Coco Del Rio tipped in a rebound with just two seconds remaining in overtime to lift American over No. 20 Lehigh, 2-1.
After a scoreless first half, Lehigh's Adam Williamson opened the scoring as he redirected a throw-in from midfield. American trailed for most of the half, until Del Rio scored in the 82nd minute on a cross from Sal Caccavale. His shot caromed off the post, then off the goaltender before it crossed the goal line.
PATTERSON TAKES OVER: Randi Patterson scored two second-half goals to lead UNC-Greensboro over Davidson on Oct. 7. Greensoboro took command early as Thomas Cambell scored his third goal of the season just five minutes into the game. Matt Allen tied it up for the Wildcats in the 15th minute, and the teams played solid defense through the rest of first half.
Greensboro came out firing in the second, however, and scored in the first minute of the half on a Michael FitzGerald goal before Patterson netted two more to seal the win.
The Spartans went on to win 4-2, and remain undefeated in the Southern Conference.