ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-University of New Mexico's Carson Baldinger scored a goal with 1:24 remaining in the first overtime to lift the 10th-seeded and top-ranked Lobos to a 2-1 victory over Duke in front of a crowd of 6,200 in NCAA Men's Soccer Championship second round action. Duke led the game for 82 minutes before New Mexico netted the two scores.
Duke freshman Nick Palodichuk scored the Blue Devils' goal, his eighth of the year. Baldinger was assisted by Devon Sandoval for the game winner to keep the Lobos unbeaten on the year. Blake Smith scored the other New Mexico goal.
"Yeah we're disappointed," head coach John Kerr said. "We thought we played a great soccer game tonight. It was an exciting game overall for the fans. Our team performed exceptionally well and so did theirs. We were a little bit put back when we had a man sent off late in the game and really forced us to defend more than we wanted to. And they took full advantage of that and made it difficult for us."
Both teams spent the opening 10 minutes feeling each other out before starting to get into a rhythm. Duke (10-8-3) generated a decent chance right off the bat as junior Andrew Wenger tried to find Palodichuk at the far post. The rookie forward got a foot on it, but was unable to hit it cleanly.
New Mexico (18-0-3), which did well to possess at times in the first half, had a couple of quality opportunities. The Lobos fired a shot off of a corner kick, but Aguirre was there on the post to clear it away. New Mexico used another corner kick late in the stanza to get a good look on goal as the ball sailed over the crossbar.
The Blue Devils came out in the second half and quickly capitalized on a defensive miscue by the Lobos. Palodichuk picked up the loose ball and promptly buried the ball low to the left corner for the 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
Facing the 1-0 deficit early in the second frame, New Mexico came right back at the Blue Devils in search of the equalizer. Duke's backline stayed organized and weathered the pressure by the Lobos, keeping the undefeated squad at bay for the next 31 minutes.
After a red card to Duke left the Blue Devils shorthanded at the 76-minute mark, New Mexico really looked to take advantage. The Lobos attacked and in the 83rd minute, Smith took a half chance with a spectacular strike that beat Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw.
Duke battled through the final eight minutes of the game to force overtime. The Blue Devils defended well in the early minutes and created a couple of chances midway through. New Mexico, in the waning minutes, got forward and Sandoval headed the ball across the face of the goal where Baldinger was able to knock it home for the golden goal victory.
The Lobos held a 17-13 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Belshaw had five saves, including a few spectacular saves in the second half. Victor Rodriguez made one stop for New Mexico.
Duke finishes the year with a 10-8-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA second round for the second consecutive season. New Mexico moves on with an 18-0-3 record and will play South Florida in the third round.