Aug. 24, 2007
Albuquerque, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer battled No. 9 Texas to a scoreless draw Friday in the final exhibition match of the preseason held at the UNM Soccer Complex. Both squads had numerous scoring opportunities but held strong defensively. UNM fired eight shots against the Longhorns with two on goal. The Lobos finish exhibition play with 2-0-1 record and open the regular-season next Friday.
"I'm very pleased with the effort against one of the top programs in the nation," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "This is a young but very talented team. Last year, we played this same team with seven experienced starters and lost in overtime. Today, we had four returning players and held them scoreless. This gives us confidence and helps us develop a comfort level against nationally-ranked opponents. We have never had a scrimmage of this caliber and it can only help improve our program."
Texas threatened to score a goal in the final minute of the first half, when Kelsey Carpenter fired a shot that nearly found the net. Despite the effort on both teams, the match went into halftime scoreless.
The Longhorns applied heavy offensive pressure to open the second period. UNM held strong forcing sophomore goalkeeper Kiani Wong to make four save. The Lobos responded mid-way through the second half and nearly won the match in the 74th minute. Ball managed to slip away from a defender and go one-on-one with UT goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger. Pfenninger made the game saving save and kept the Lobos off the board.
The match finished in a tie after neither team managed to score. Ball led UNM with three shots and two on goal. UNM played both keepers with junior Shannon Adragna playing the first half and Wong taking over in the second. Adragna finished the game with three saves.
UNM opens the regular-season Aug. 31 on the road against Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. MT. For more information about Lobo women's soccer visit www.GoLobos.com.