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Patience pays off for New Mexico

Originally Published: November 11, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

In an often grumbling world, want to hear about someone with an abundance of gratitude? Meet Victor Rodriguez, goalkeeper for the No. 1-ranked New Mexico men's soccer team.

He redshirted his first year at the school and played sparingly his freshman and sophomore seasons. There were times, he admitted, he felt discouraged spending three years mostly watching other guys play.

But Rodriguez stuck with it. He used that time to study the sport. Every chance he did ...

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