Nov. 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev.--The fourth seeded University of New Mexico women's soccer team tied the fifth seeded UNLV Rebels tonight 1-1, in the Mountain West Conference Quarterfinals. The Rebels will advance in the MWC Tournament on a 3-2 edge in penalty kicks. Sophomore and All-MWC first team selection Alexis Ball scored the equalizer for the Lobos in the 70th-minute to send the match into overtime. The Lobos finish the season 8-5-6 on the season and 3-3-1 in MWC play. The Rebels improve to 11-6-3 on the season and 3-3-1 in MWC play.
"I thought it was a very good game," said head coach Kit Vela. "The match could have gone either way. It was just unfortunate for us. Some of the shots in penalty kicks that should have went in, didn't go in. I thought the girls played with a lot of character and a lot of heart. I was proud of them and proud of the teams effort."
Ball was fouled 35-yards out from the goal box. The Albuquerque, N.M. native blasted the ball on goal on the free kick and at first the UNLV keeper seemed to make the save. Head referee Dinesh Singh determined that the ball had crossed the goal line and awarded a goal to the Lobos. The goal was Ball's seventh on the season.
New Mexico was evenly matched across the board with the Rebels. Each team had six shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Shannon Adragna made five saves while the defense held UNLV's top two shooters to just two shots total. The Lobo offense created enough pressure to create three corner kicks while firing off 13 total shots.