Oct. 12, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico freshman Alexis Ball scored the game-winner Friday night in the 53rd minute to lift UNM past Wyoming, 1-0. The Lobos improved to 7-2-2 overall and 1-0-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Ball scored her fifth goal in as many games and has four game-winners during the streak. UNM opens conference with a victory and has won four of its last five matches. Wyoming drops to 5-7-0 on the year and 0-1-0 in the conference.
"This shows what our conference is all about and we are top 10 in the country for a reason," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "I was pleased with the outcome but we didn't play well. This team has character and doesn't point fingers. They are an honest group and take full responsibility for themselves. I think that is classy and shows a lot of character."
Ball's goal came off a header in the 53rd minute on a corner kick from junior Hannah Hand. Hand placed the corner kick directly in front of the back post setting up the Ball header. Ball elevated above the defense and got clear shot to the goal. The goal was her team-leading fifth of the year.
Hand was credited with the assist on the placement of the corner kick. Hand leads the team with six assists.
New Mexico outshot Wyoming, 9-8, in the second half and finished the match with two shots on goal. The Lobos had six corner kicks in the game compared to nine by the Cowgirls.
Junior Shannon Adragna played the full 90 minutes in goal for UNM and recorded the win. Adragna made three saves in the match and collected her fourth shutout of the year.
Wyoming managed to launch 15 shots at the Lobos but only three were on goal. Despite being held scoreless, the Cowgirls had some missed opportunities.
UNM hosts TCU Sunday at 1 p.m. The match is available via gametracker and all-access through www.GoLobos.com.