Sept. 18, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.---Senior Roxie McFarland led the Lobos to a long-awaited, last second, 2-1 victory over UC Riverside on Sunday as New Mexico improved to 4-4-2 on the season.
Tension was high at the UNM Soccer Complex as the defender met with teammates at the edge of the 18-yard box for a free kick, discussing what proved to be the final offensive play of the match. McFarland launched the ball past the UC Riverside keeper with 44 seconds remaining on the clock, providing the Lobos with the game-winning goal.
"It was huge, we deserved to win," explained McFarland. "We worked really hard and it finally came on top for us in a team effort. We were looking for things to turn around and it finally did for us. We're on the way up; it's going to get better from there."
New Mexico appeared first on the scoreboard as freshman Brianna Martinez netted her second goal of the season off a quick pass from Brooke Ellison in the keeper box. The Lobos entered halftime leading 1-0 and did not allow UC Riverside to get a single shot off in the first 45 minutes of action.
The lone shot on goal for UC Riverside managed to slip a ball past New Mexico goalkeeper Kelli Cornell, knotting the score at 1-1 in the 53rd minute.
As time wound down, McFarland netted the game-winning goal, snapping a UNM three-game losing streak.
"Finding that second goal was really important for the moral of the team. We're playing good soccer for the most part. We're looking for what we deserve, but you've got to earn it to. The ball wasn't bouncing our way again, so to get that goal was big for the team."
The Lobos easily held the statistical advantage throughout the game, outshooting the Highlanders 13-3 throughout the contest. New Mexico had 11 corner kicks to UC Riverside's one. The offensive minded UNM squad forced the Highlander keeper to tally six saves on eight shots on goal.
"You can't keep outshooting teams, like (we have) the last three games and lose," stated Vela. "You need to find a way to win."
The victory comes as the Lobos are set to host Oklahoma at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at the UNM Soccer Complex.