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Lobos Take Care of Adams State 10-1 in Final Exhibition

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a game that started on Thursday evening and finished on a resplendent Friday morning, the Lobos scored plenty of goals on both days in cruising to a 10-1 exhibition win over Adams State in the final exhibition for both teams.  UNM will host Oregon State of the Pac-12 on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex.

The match was suspended on Thursday night due to lightning in the area with 21:58 remaining in the first half and UNM up 4-0 on Adams State. The Grizzlies, who hail from Alamosa, Colorado, were slated to remain in Albuquerque on Thursday night regardless, so they agreed to finish the match with UNM.

Prior to the restart, the Lobos pounded the nets with four goals on just six shots on net.  Alexa Kirton got UNM off on the right foot by using he head, flicking on a free kick by Karlie Maes for a goal and a 1-0 lead just 11:23 in the match.  It was the first of four goals in about 11 minutes.  Zaria Katesigwa scored twice, including what turned out to be the game-winner, and Jady Edwards added one as well.  After the second Katesigwa goal (the first unassisted one of the evening after Brynn Boeyink and Maysa Walters picked up assists earlier), a lightning strike in the area caused the delay that eventually suspended play.

Play resumed at 9 am the next morning, and it took nearly no time.  In fact it was just 37 seconds as Paris Dalton sent in a long 25-yard shot that went into the back upper corner for a perfectly placed goal and a 5-0 lead.  Madi Hirschman had it 6-0 at the break, taking a pass from Gabriella Montoya and sliding one past Ashley Beers.

UNM subbed liberally after the break, and picked up four more goals in the second half.  Molly Myers had a piece of three goals, scoring on a penalty kick, picking up an assist after her shot hit the post and Courtney Fernau banged it home to make it 8-0.  Katesigwa finished off her hat trick around 14 hours after it started to make it 9-0, and then Myers slotted home a right foot into the side-netting with just over a minute to go to close out the 10-1 win.

UNM started the game with Emily Johnson in net, and she left for the resumption of the game, and returned with 21 minutes left, and Malia Vanisi had the other half of the game.  UNM outshot Adams State 35-4 with 20 of those on net compared to just three for the Grizzlies.  UNM had 12 corners to two, and possessed the ball for 61% of the game, with 75% of that possession in the offensive half of the field.

The Lobos now host a pair of Pac-12 matches as UNM welcomes Oregon State to the UNM Soccer Complex for a Sunday match at 1 pm.  The team will have a week off and host Washington the following Saturday, with that match at noon.

NOTES: UNM’s record for goals in a game is nine, accomplished twice, and last done 19 years ago against Troy … UNM had a record 24 points recorded in that game as well (nine goals, six assists) … Karlee Maes faced off in the match against her sister Jordyn, marking the first time in their lives that the sisters had ever faced off against each other in soccer.

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