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STEVENS: Lobos drop 2-1 decision to Wyoming Cowgirls
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/08/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 8, 2009

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Lobo Women's Soccer
Thursday:
Wyoming 2, Lobos 1
Saturday: Air Force at Lobos, 5 p.m., UNM Soccer Complex

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

Lobo coach Kit Vela warned her young Lobos to take the Wyoming Cowgirls seriously. She's not sure her Lobos took the warning to heart, but she's pretty sure they didn't take it to the grass Thursday night at the UNM Soccer Complex.

The Wyoming Cowgirls fell behind the Lobos 1-0 and then stormed back to bend the Lobo net with two second-half headers to stun the Lobos 2-1 in Mountain West Conference action.

"We weren't very good tonight," said Vela, who saw her Lobos drop to 9-2-2 on the year and 1-1 in league play. "We scored a goal and then we let down. They didn't do anything that gave us any trouble. We just played emotionless."

The Lobos cracked the scoreboard first when junior Alexis Ball ran in front of the Wyoming net and two neat passes from teammates Nicole Reed and Jennifer Williams put the ball at Ball's feet. She almost ripped her goal through the netting at 48:50 mark in the second half.

It was Ball's first goal of the season and her 14th career goal at UNM. The 2008 All-MWC player had seven goals last season to pace the Lobo scoring charts.

The Lobos dominated the action most of the night and were more aggressive than the slower Cowgirls. But Wyoming came up with a beautifully timed header by Carmen Blume to tie the game at 1-all at the 72:30 mark.

Blume raced past the UNM defense and accepted a pass from Emma Wilson. Blume hit the ball on the run and powered it past UNM keeper Kelli Cornell. . "We scored and then we got satisfied," said Vela. "You can't get ahead and then be satisfied. We have some young girls out there and they need to learn from this experience."

The experience turned even worse for UNM when Wyoming's Jerrica Divencenzo got the ball to Mara Cosgrove on the backside of the UNM defense, to Cornell's right side.

Cosgrove drove her head into the leather and smashed it into an open corner of the UNM net. The goal came at the 79:40 mark, giving UNM less than 11 minutes to form a tie and force overtime.

The Lobos attacked the Wyoming net relentlessly, but Wyoming came up with clutch clears and worked the clock away.

The stats leaned toward the Lobos with 24 UNM shots-on-goal to nine for the visitors from Laramie. The Lobos had five corner kicks to one for Wyoming. Both teams had three shots on net.

The Lobos take to the grass next at 5 p.m. Saturday against the Air Force Falcons. Vela plans to kick out the same warning: take the Falcons seriously.

"These are conference games and these teams don't come up here to roll over just because we get ahead," said Vela. "Live and learn."

The win gave the Cowgirls their fourth straight win. Air Force will step into the UNM Soccer Complex with a 2-9-1 mark.

Saturday's match against Air Force is sponsored by Route 66 Casino Hotel. The first 250 fans will get a FREE "Go Lobo Loco" Route 66 Casino Hotel

The Lobos will hit the road next week for two conference matches against No. 18 BYU on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. MT and Utah on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. MT. The match against BYU will be televised nationally on BYU-TV.

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