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Men's soccer squad's 3-1 NCAA loss ends season

The Virginia men’s soccer team fell 3-1 to New Mexico Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, ending the team’s season.

The Cavaliers (9-6-2, 3-4-1 ACC) were outshot 6-1 in the first 12 minutes and fell behind quickly. The Lobos (17-3-1, 8-2) were able to get on the board in the sixth minute when junior defender Kyle Venter scored off a corner kick.

At the halftime break New Mexico held a 14-4 shot advantage and a 4-2 corner lead, while the two teams managed to combine for a robust 20 fouls.

Virginia came out on form in the second period, earning a series of corner kicks and quickly breaking the vaunted New Mexico defense. In the 47th minute, freshman midfielder Scott Thomsen served in the cross and sophomore defender Matt Brown headed home his first career goal to equalize.

New Mexico regained the lead in the 57th minute when junior midfielder Michael Calderon threaded a through ball into the box to sophomore forward James Rogers, who put away his eighth goal of the season.

Lobo senior forward Devon Sandoval added a late goal with 20 seconds left in the game as the Cavalier team was pushed forward in a desperate attempt to the tie the score.

The loss snapped the Cavaliers’ seven-match unbeaten streak and ended the team’s deepest tournament run since 2009.