Aug. 19, 2011
Lobo Women's Soccer - At the Lobos Soccer Complex
Friday: Lobos 1, Saint Mary's 1 (2OT)
Sunday: 1 p.m., Cal State Bakersfield at Lobos
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
The day, and the night, was not perfect Friday at the Lobo Soccer Complex after the Lobos used a nifty Jen Williams' goal to go up one-zip on Saint Mary's 7:15 into the match. Saint Mary's tied the game at the 37:50 mark of that half and the two teams played another half and two overtimes with no movement in the back of either net.
"The season is a marathon, not a sprint," said Cornell. "Every game is a learning experience, so we're going to take each game one game at a time."
The season opener showed a Lobo team with a lot of energy and a team that created a lot of offensive opportunities. UNM out shot Saint Mary's 26-16 and did put ten shots on the goal. Saint Mary's keeper, Kate Brenot, had nine saves. But several times a good Lobo cross at the enemy's net did not find a Lobo in the box or at the far post.
"We had some good attacking opportunities," said Coach Vela. "But at the same time when you get that many crosses off, you have to find something. We need to clean up getting in the box and throwing numbers in there.
"I think we got complacent, maybe even nervous. We were a little frustrated. It wasn't happening. It wasn't coming to us. We have to learn you make it happen. We're hungry. We're too hungry. I think we wanted it too badly. It didn't work for us tonight."
The Lobos have another chance to make it work at 1 p.m., Sunday when Cal State Bakersfield visits the Lobo soccer complex.
One Lobo that had things working pretty well Friday night was Williams. The reigning Mountain West Offensive Player of The Year got off nine shots, with five of them on net - and one shot going all the way.
Williams' goal came off a long pass from Jael Fanning. The 5-foot-3 Lobo had to go into the air to beat a Saint Mary's defender to the ball.
"Definitely, it was a lot of fight," said Williams. "I think it was more fight than skill. I just ran into it, beat a defender, took a touch. It (the shot) was just instinct. In those situations, there is no time to think about it.
"It's always a bummer when you tie. You go 110 minutes and end in one-one."
Williams played 98 minutes while Cornell, Elizabeth Nare, Roxie McFarland, Jael Fanning, and Amanda Collins each played 110 minutes. The UNM defense might have taken a few seconds off on the Saint Mary's goal. It was a costly break.
"We are still getting used to each other, getting our chemistry," said Cornell. "We had a little defensive miscue. We just need to stay a little more compact as (a defense). They got behind us and that's something we have to work better as a team to help prevent."
Said Vela: "We like to win and we like to win when we make our opportunities. And we make plenty of opportunities. It's not going to happen for you all the time."