Sept. 30, 2007
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. --- New Mexico women's soccer defeated Northern Arizona, 1-0, Sunday in Flagstaff, Ariz. Freshman Alexis Ball scored the game-winner and her fourth goal in as many games. The Lobos have won three of their last four matches and concluded the non-conference schedule with the victory over the Lumberjacks. UNM improves to 6-2-2 overall and has its best start since the 1997 season. NAU falls to 5-2-3 on the year with the loss.
"We've had tremendous adversity through the first half of the season including our travels and a senior defender going down with an injury," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "Our character continues to shine through. It's the end of a tough non-conference run but when you enter conference play it's a clean slate. We have to take it one game at a time."
The Lobos outshot NAU, 7-1, in the opening period but the match remained scoreless at the break. Junior Kaci Paetz, senior Anna Neu and Ball all had two shots in the first half and forced Lumberjack keeper Liz Winkelblech to make four saves. The only shot for NAU was not on goal.
Ball wasted little time in the second half giving the Lobos a 1-0 lead. The Albuquerque native scored on an assist from junior Hannah Hand in the 49th minute. The goal came on a pass from Hand and allowed Ball to beat the keeper one on one. Ball leads UNM with four goals this season.
NAU fired nine shots in the second half but could not penetrate the Lobo defense. The Lumberjacks had three shots on goal in second period forcing UNM keeper Shannon Adragna to make three saves.
Adragna played the full 90 minutes in goal for New Mexico and collects her third win. Adragna recorded her ninth career shutout and needs just one more to move into a tie for fourth place on the all-time saves list.
Ball led UNM with four shots including three on goal. Neu fired three shots, while Paetz had two. Along with an assist, Hand launched one shot against the NAU defense.
UNM is idle next week before hosting Wyoming on Oct. 12. The Lobos and Cowgirls are slated to start at 7 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.