No. 5 New Mexico remains unbeaten
Roundup: Niyonsaba’s goal leads Fordham to upset of Charlotte
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --- For just the second time in program history, New Mexico went undefeated in their regular season road schedule. The Lobos netted two goals on Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Roadrunners and heading into their final three home matches with an improved record of 13-0-2.
With a target on their backs, the Lobos had everything to lose, and the Roadrunners came out of the gates hot. CSUB tested the Lobo defense from the get-go, peppering goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez with seven first-half shots, two of which fell on-net.
Yet it was New Mexico that lit up the scoreboard first. Redshirt freshman Carson Baldinger entered the game in the 41st minute, and was on the field for less than a minute before logging his fourth goal and second consecutive game-winner of the season. Baldinger got his head on a Michal Green corner kick to put the Lobos up 1-0 headed into the half.
The second 45 saw a physical game start to border on hostile, especially after Blake Smith notched an insurance goal to put the Lobos up 2-0 in the 68th minute. Smith capitalized on a Roadrunner turnover, beating the back line off the dribble and netting a shot from 10 yards up to secure the 2-0 win. It marked Smith’s eighth goal of the year to move him to the top spot on the New Mexico roster in total goals.
Fordham 1, No. 10 Charlotte 0
BRONX, N.Y. -- No. 10 Charlotte (10-3-2, A-10: 3-1-2) fell 1-0 on the road at Fordham (8-6-1, A-10: 4-2-0) for its first Atlantic 10 loss of the season.
The game’s only goal came in the 73rd minute, when Fordham’s John Niyonsaba put a shot from 23 yards out just inside the right post off a pass from Michael Valencia.
Charlotte only had four shots in the game. In the 23rd minute, Tyler Gibson took the 49ers’ first shot but it was blocked. Then, in the 41st minute, Charles Rodriguez headed the ball on frame but it was stopped by Fordham’s goalkeeper Ryan Meara. In the 60th minute, Thomas Allen took a shot that went wide. In the 79th minute, Gibson took the 49ers’ final shot but it was stopped by Fordham’s Meara.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.