Lobos Hold Off Longhorns Until 60th Minute
AUSTIN, Texas-- After battling for more than 60 minutes against a relentless Texas Longhorn offense, the University of New Mexico women's soccer team conceded four goals in the last thirty minutes of play at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday, Aug, 30.
UNM keeper, sophomore Kristen Winters and the Lobo defense kept Texas in check throughout the first half, yielding only two shots on net, both of which came off dangerous crosses. The Longhorn defense was equally stingy, allowing the Lobos only three shots on goal, two of which came from junior midfielder Marte Dolva.
Going into the scoreless second half, Texas stepped up the pressure and was able to capitalize on a defensive breakdown to make the score 1-0 in the 60th minute of play. Junior forward Kylee Wosnuk scored a header off a Lauren Field cross, which landed inside the far post. A give-and-go in front of the net at the 66:54 mark resulted in the Longhorns' second goal of the evening. Freshman forward, Mia Moody was credited with the score, the first of her career. After a 20-minute lull in play, junior Kati McBain furthered the Texas score with a bicycle kick in front of the goal that found the back of an open UNM net. In the dying minutes off the match, Texas would score for the fourth and final time after a shot from the right side of the net by Kylee Wosnuk, slipped past Winters.
The Texas trio of Kati McBain, Kylee Wosnuk and Kelly McDonald combined for 14 of the 25 shots recorded on the night, three of which resulted in goals. Leading the offense was Wosnuk, who notched four points on two goals and recorded a total of five shots. UNM netminder Kristen Winters recorded seven saves in the match, with five coming in the second half alone.
"I'm very pleased with our effort tonight, " said head coach Kit Vela. "We had a few breakdowns which hurt us, but overall we fought hard against an extremely fit and experienced team."
"We have a long way to go and the players know it can't be achieved overnight. We have some things we need to work on and sort out so we can better compete against other top-25 teams like Texas," said Vela.
Next up for the Lobos is a game against regional foe and no. 23 ranked, Arizona State on Sunday, Sept 1 at the UNM Soccer Complex.