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Satterlee’s Tally Nets Lobos a Weekend Sweep

by Frank Mercogliano

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Paige Satterlee picked a lovely time for her first goal of the season.  She knocked in a Paris Dalton corner kick with just over four minutes left in the first half, and the Lobo defense did the rest as New Mexico picked up a sixth straight win, 1-0, over Colorado State in Fort Collins.

The win left UNM as one of four unbeatens, and one of two unbeaten and untied teams after the first weekend.  Lo and behold, it’s a huge weekend on tap upcoming as two of those other teams come to Albuquerque.  Friday night, Utah State meets with UNM in a battle of the only 2-0-0 teams in the league.  That will be at 7:30 pm, and then UNM will host 1-0-1 Boise State at 1 on Sunday.

“Physically this was a really demanding weekend against two really good teams,” said head coach Heather Dyche.  “It exposed some areas we need to refine moving forward, which is a good thing.”

UNM’s sixth win in a row was set up by solid pressure on the CSU net.  The Rams struggled for a clearance, and Paris Dalton took a shot that was knocked away for a corner by keeper Amanda Green.  Dalton set in a low ball that Satterlee ran onto and tucked it into the upper corner rather quickly for the only goal of the match, and the only one UNM would need.

The Lobos, despite having to travel Saturday afternoon, showed the type of team they are by not even subbing out a player until about 10 minutes left in the half.  With Emily Johnson in net and the backline anchored by Karlee Maes and Myah Isias, who both played the full 90 minutes, CSU really only had one solid opportunity on net.

A quick flurry of offense to open the second half saw Johnson need to make three saves, but none better than the middle save four minutes in.  CSU picked up a ball on the right wing and sent a cross to the back post where a wide-open Haylee Blach ran onto it and took a one-timer labeled for the near post.  Johnson flew across and just got a piece of it, the ball bounding off her, off the post and out, where CSU recovered and took a follow that Johnson grabbed to settle things down.

UNM had chances, with Aspen Headrick banging one off the post and Jadyn Edwards letting a rip go from 20-yards out the just missed the upper corner.  Either way the result was a perfect weekend record-wise for UNM.

“Anytime you cane get a two-win weekend in this conference you have to be proud, and I know our team is,” said Dyche.

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