Oct. 16, 2011
New Mexico Lobos Women's Soccer - At the Lobo Soccer Complex
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It wasn't exactly over before it got started, but it definitely was over before the Air Force Falcons could get started.
Boom - New Mexico's Jennifer Williams scored at the 8:14 mark of the first half and - boom - Stephanie Rowe scored 17 seconds later. The Falcons looked devastated and with UNM goalie Kelli Cornell and the ornery Lobo defense on the back side, who wouldn't be devastated down 2-0 to this talented pack of Lobos?
"It's always fun to score and two goals are really fun," said Williams. "I enjoyed it. I scored that first one and then Steph scored a few seconds after that. When you get two goals right away, it definitely boosts the spirit of the team. It takes a lot of pressure off of you."
Just to make things easier on Coach Kit Vela - and more difficult on the Falcons - the Lobos added two more goals before the halftime break. Williams burned the Air Force keeper at the 12:47 mark and Ashley Espinoza scored New Mexico's final goal knocking in a corner kick at 44:24.
"We made the most of our opportunities today and that's exactly what we have to do," said Vela.
The Lobos strolled into the half up 4-0 and looking to extend their season mark to 8-4-4 and 2-0-2 in the Mountain West race. The Lobos definitely were looking pretty at the break, but UNM stressed at the half that there was still 45 minutes to play.
"You still have to come out in the second half acting like it's 0-0," said Williams. "You know Air Force isn't going to give up."
Said Vela: "You never know what is going to happen in the second half and you know Air Force is going to come out in the second half and try to beat the heck out of us."
The Falcons definitely were more physical in the second half. They also scored the only goal of that half at the 57:49 mark by Falcons' McKenna Fox. It was her seventh goal of the season. Still, the Lobos were up by three goals.
"In a way, it's up to the defense when you are up like that," said Williams. "But our defense goes from forwards all the way back and we are an 11-person defense."
The Lobos dominated the game stats with 15 shots on goal to five for the visitors from Colorado Springs, Colo. UNM's 15 shots came off 10 different Lobo toes.
UNM had ten shots on goal to three for Air Force. The Falcons went with keeper Kelly Stambaugh in the first half and switched to Hannah Schwartz for the second 45 minutes. Stambaugh gave up four goals. Schwartz shut out the Lobos with four saves.
UNM's Cornell made two saves and allowed one ball to slip past her. UNM was whistled four eight fouls to three for the Falcons. The attendance count was 2,011.
"We were hoping to do a little bit better in the second half, but Air Force came out and threw everything but the kitchen sink at us," said Vela. .