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UNM Women's Soccer Cruises Past UTEP, 4-0
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/17/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 17, 2006

Final Stats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico junior Katelyn Ley scored two goals and had an assist Sunday to highlight the Lobos, 4-0, victory over UTEP at the UNM Soccer Complex. UNM collected its second shutout of the year and had three different athletes score. The Lobos dominated in every offensive category, including out-shooting UTEP, 19-8. With the victory, UNM moves to 4-3-0 and the Miners fall to 7-2-0.

"This was a very good win for us and we played well," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We played aggressive and didn't back down. Our goal was to play hard and compete, and I thought we did against a tough UTEP team. We were able to finish most of our scoring opportunities and had some players step up. Katelyn Ley had a breakout day and it was nice to see her play with confidence."

UNM wasted little time taking an early lead in the 13th minute. Junior Terryn Granados setup the play with a cross from the left side that found Ley behind the defense. Ley settled the ball and drilled it past Miner keeper Brittany Popoff in the net. The goal was Ley's first of the year and fourth in her career.

The Lobos held on to a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period. The match remained close but UNM proved to be too much in the second half.

Sophomore Asha Richardson came in off the bench in the 63nd minute and quickly made a difference. Richardson headed the first ball she touched into the net for the second goal for UNM. Ley had the assist on the play, after sending the ball from the right side of the field.

The Lobos added an insurance goal in the 69th minute, when senior defender Alanna Abeyta scored on a header. Junior Amber Wetsch had the assist on the play. The goal was Abeyta's first of the year.

Ley struck again in the 75th minute with the final goal and making it 4-0 Lobos. Ley managed to kick in a rebounded shot from junior Anna Neu. Neu was credited with the assist after her shot bounced off the keeper's hands.

Defensively, UNM held the Miners to only two shots in the second half. Sophomore Shannon Adragna had three saves in 77 minutes of action. Freshman Kiani Wong played 12 in the net. Altogether, the Lobos played 20 different players with everyone collecting 12 or more minutes.

The Lobos return to action on Sept. 21-22 in Seattle, Wash., at the Pac-10/MWC Challenge. UNM opens the event against Washington State on Thurs., Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. For complete coverage of UNM women's soccer visit www.GoLobos.com.

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