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Lobos Rout Wyoming in MW Opener

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When the Wyoming Cowgirls scored just 2:20 into the Mountain West opener against New Mexico, the Cowgirls were excited. The Lobos got mad, and boy did they do something about it.

Molly Myers scored twice in the first half, and Zaria Katesigwa and Jadyn Edwards also added first half tallies and UNM bounced back from that opening goal to race to a 4-1 victory in the Mountain West opener for both teams.

The Lobos, which have now won five consecutive matches have now scored 17 goals over that streak, and the Lobos will look to keep the string going on Saturday at Colorado State at 1 pm.  The Rams lost to San Diego State 1-0 in Fort Collins on Friday afternoon.

The Cowgirls (4-4-1, 0-1-0 MW) struck first, taking advantage of a free kick as Jamie Tatum sent a free kick towards the box, where Savannah Warner headed it in near the back post for a 1-0 lead.  That lead was short-lived as Myers took a long pass from Karlee Maes and got past everyone.  The senior transfer raced in on a breakaway and calmly slid home a shot to the far post get UNM (6-2-0, 1-0-0 MW) even at the 12:58 mark.

Less then three minutes later, UNM took the lead for good.  Emily Johnson sent a long pass up the right side to a wide open Maysa Walters.  Walters turned and sent a long cross into the box, and keeper Alex Daws was able to get a hand on it, but the ball fell to Jadyn Edwards.  Her shot was cleared off the line, but it went to Katesigwa who calmly put it in the back of the net to give UNM a 2-1 lead.

It was Myers again at the 23:31 mark as her shot hit Katesigwa and bounced right back to her, and her second attempt went in.  Edwards then got on the both when Maes took a free kick and it sailed into the box right to Edwards, whose scissor kick was true for a 4-1 lead.

From there, UNM was able to rest some starters in the second half, and any thoughts of a Wyoming comeback were thwarted by Emily Johnson, who picked up five saves, four of which came in the second half.  UNM was actually outshot 17-13 for the game as Wyoming took 11 second half shots to just two for UNM.

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