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Ball's Overtime Header Lifts New Mexico Past North Dakota State, 2-1
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/21/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 21, 2007

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EL PASO, Texas --- New Mexico freshman Alexis Ball scored the game-winning header with two seconds remaining on the clock in overtime to highlight the Lobos, 2-1, victory over North Dakota State at the Border Shootout held at University Field. Ball and junior Samantha Bevis scored to lift UNM past the Bison and improve to 4-2-1 overall. The Lobos outshot NDSU, 22-4, and finished the match with nine shots on goal. The Bison fall to 5-2 overall with the loss.

"We made it really exciting for ourselves but we did find a way to win," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "The girls showed real character in overtime."

New Mexico cruised through the opening period after firing eight shots offensively and was only forced to make one save. Bevis scored the first goal in the 4th minute to help UNM jump out to an early lead. The goal was her second of the year and came on a cross from junior Hannah Hand. Bevis found the net on a shot from 10 yards out that was lined past the Bison goalkeeper.

The Lobos controlled the second period and looked to be on their way to a victory before Quin Ryan scored the game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in the match. Ryan tapped in a loose ball at the far post to force overtime.

UNM applied heavy pressure through the first overtime period and capped off the victory with a Ball header. Ball dominated in the air and headed a cross from Hand into the goal. The game-winner was her first collegiate goal.

Hand managed to two shots with one on goal but came through with two assists. Junior Kaci Paetz had a team-high five shots, while senior transfer Martina Brtan fired three shots.

Junior Shannon Adragna played the full match in goal recording two saves.

UNM concludes the Border Shootout Sunday against UTEP at 2 p.m. The match will be available via gametracker through www.GoLobos.com.

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