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Resilient 1-0 victory over Boise State keeps Lobo soccer undefeated in MW play

by Alma Solis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobos persevered through another tough conference matchup against Boise State on Sunday afternoon. Jadyn Edwards knocked in her seventh goal of the season to lead UNM to a 1-0 victory over the Broncos.

This win marks the eighth straight win for the Lobos, setting a new program record. The previous record was seven games in a row during the 2010 season. After breaking the program record for longest conference winning streak with eight straight wins after the 2-1 win over Utah State on Friday, the team extended it to nine in a row with today’s win.

Although neither team scored for the first 45 minutes of the game, there was still plenty of action. The Lobos fired off 10 shots and forced pressure on Boise State’s goalkeeper Genevieve Crenshaw as she recorded six saves just in the first half. The Broncos countered with three shots of their own, but caused Lobos’ goalkeeper Emily Johnson to make an impressive, crucial save in the 32nd minute.

Although the numbers don’t reflect the defensive end, the Lobos’ defense was extremely important to the game. UNM was able to block multiple shots and keep the ball away from the net. Karlee Maes was crucial to the team’s defense, successfully halting the Broncos’ attacks and even notching a team save in the 70th minute.

Going into the second half, the Broncos picked up the pace as they fired off 10 shots in the period while the Lobos countered with seven. Each team fired off a couple shots before UNM put a number on the board. Maysa Walters slid the ball right to Edwards’ right foot as she then proceeded to launch it straight to the back of the net, ensuring the Lobos’ 1-0 win over Boise State.

Overall, the Lobos outshot the Broncos just slightly by 17-13, but UNM was more focused on the net as they had seven shots on goal and the Broncos recorded two. The Lobos stayed strategic on their play as they were awarded eight corner kicks, while Boise State earned two. Both teams were aggressive on the pitch as the Broncos had 12 fouls and the Lobos had six fouls.

UNM moves up to 9-2-0 overall record with a 4-0-0 MW record, while Boise State now sits at 7-4-1 overall and 1-2-0 in conference play.

The Lobos hit the road next weekend, first facing off with Nevada on Oct. 8. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. (MT) in Reno, Nev. The Wolf Pack currently hold a 2-8-1 record (1-2-1 MW). UNM will then travel to Las Vegas to face UNLV (8-5, 1-3 MW) on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.