Dec. 2, 2005
Albuquerque, N.M. - The California men's soccer team fell to New Mexico, 1-0, in overtime in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round Friday evening at UNM Sports Complex in front of a crowd of 5,600.
In the third consecutive postsesason game that has gone into overtime for both teams, senior forward Jeff Rowland, a Herman Trophy candidate, recorded the game-winning goal for the Lobos in the 94th minute. Rowland was assisted on the play by senior defender Ben Ashwill.
"It was a great game, very exciting and I think both teams had great chances to score," said Pac-10 Coach of the Year Kevin Grimes. "Congratulations to them, they were able to get a big win tonight and their crowd helped them, which is something that we knew would be a possible factor in the game. I think our guys played a wonderful game and did everything they could to try to get the golden goal as well."
At the end of regulation the score remained 0-0, although both teams saw plenty of scoring opportunities and close calls throughout the game. Cal and New Mexico both recorded 14 shots, with the ten of the Lobos shots being on goal.
With time running out before the end of the first half, junior defender Andrew Felder took a shot from five yards out that looked like it was going in for the Bears, but hit the cross bar. The deflected ball landed at senior forward Calen Carr's feet, who took his fourth shot of the game, but it was saved by the Lobos keeper, Mike Graczyk.
New Mexico quickly gained momentum to start out the second half of play. In the 54th minute the Lobos were issued an indirect free kick as a result of a high kick by Cal. Rowland took the kick, but it went high.
Senior goalkeeper Erik Kronberg made seven crucial saves for Bears on the evening. In the 80th minute UNM's Lance Watson took a shot on goal, but Kronberg jumped up and deflected the ball, which caused it to land on top of the net. Eight minutes later New Mexico came close to scoring again, when Lars Loeseth had a good look at the goal but shot the ball wide.
"It was a historic season for Cal," said Grimes. "Tremendous year - the farthest advancement we have ever had as a program. The players played beautiful soccer. It wasn't just about results; it was about the way we played. We were complimented every where we went for our style of play and for our sportsmanship, and these guys should be proud of that and they should be proud of their performance today. They played a great game. It just didn't go our way."
After its first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance, Cal wraps up the 2005 season 14-4-3. The Lobos advance to the NCAA College Cup final four, with a record of 17-1-3.
Men's Soccer Final Score-New Mexico 1, Cal O
New Mexico 0 0 1 -- 1 California 0 0 0 -- 0
Scoring Summary New Mexico: Jeff Rowland (Ben Ashwill) 93:40
Shots: Cal 14 (Calen Carr, 5), New Mexico 14 (Jeff Rowland, 5). Shots on Goal: Cal 4, New Mexico 10. Saves: Cal 9 (Eric Kronberg 7), New Mexico 4 (Mike Graczyk, 4). CK: Cal 3, New Mexico 11. Fouls: Cal 11, New Mexico 13. Offsides: Cal 2, New Mexico 7. Yellow Cards: Cal, Jeff Serafini (60:31); New Mexico, Josh Brown (82:58) Red Cards: None. Records: Cal 14-4-3, New Mexico 17-1-3 Attendance: 5,600.