Women's Soccer: UNM Scores On A Penalty Kick To Top Wyoming, 1-0
Laramie, Wyoming - A penalty kick from junior Abbie Partch (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the 84th minute decided the game at 1-0 in Lobo favor this afternoon at the UW Soccer Soccer Stadium. A well-rested Wyoming side proved to be tough to beat on defense in the first half, but New Mexico came on strong in the second 45 minutes, pounding the Cowgirls with eight shots and controlling the play from one end of the field to the other.
"We had a great second half, " said head coach Kit Vela. "We played as a unit and everyone contributed on the field. We were fatigued but we didn't let that prevent us from getting the job done."
It wasn't until the 84:45 mark that UNM was able to get on the scoreboard. A call in the Wyoming box, resulting in a penalty kick, gave the Lobos the opportunity they needed to put the game away. Partch stepped up to take the kick and cranked a shot past Wyoming's Lori Scheider for the score.
Goalkeeper Kristen Winters (Lakewood, Colo.) was outstanding in net for UNM. The sophomore made four saves and kept the Lobo defense organized and cohesive throughout the game.
New Mexico outshot Wyoming 18-8, firing ten of those in the first half. The sharpest shooter of the match for UNM was Marte Dolva (Geilo, Norway) who recorded six shots. Rachael Addison (Tyler, Texas) wasn't far behind Dolva with four.
New Mexico, now 10-7-1, 3-2-1 in the MWC, is off for ten days before travelling to Provo, Utah for the MWC Championships Nov. 6-9.