Open Announce

Lobos Open MW Schedule at San José State Thursday

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Following an off week, the Lobos begin conference play on the road this week, starting with a Thursday night match at San José State. The match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. MT and will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.

UNM enters MW 3-1-2 and has won three of its last four matches, with its best scoring output of the season in the last match against New Mexico State. UNM is 5-2-1 in conference openers under Coach Dyche and 2-1-1 when opening conference on the road. Historically, UNM is 15-5-4 all-time in MW conference openers.

SJSU enters conference 2-3-3, 1-2-2 in its last five matches.

UNM has faced SJSU 16 times previously and is 3-8-5 overall, 1-5-1 on the road. However, the last two matches have ended in ties, 1-1 on Oct. 9, 2022 and 0-0 on Nov. 2, 2022. The last match took place in the MW Tournament with the Spartans advancing on penalty kicks, 4-2. UNM outshot SJSU 30-2 in the match, 10-2 in the first half, 16-0 in the second half, and 2-0 in each of the overtimes. UNM had a 10-1 advantage in shots on goal.

UNM’s last win in the series was Nov. 5, 2019, 1-0 in overtime, and its last win in San Jose was Sept. 30, 2016, a 3-1 victory.

The Lobos have had seven different goal scorers and five different players credited with an assist this season.

Ellie Robinson scored the first goal of the season in the 87th minute against Texas Tech in the season opener, and Skye McMillon scored her first goal of the season in the 27th minute against Cal State Fullerton. Margaux Clarke broke the tie in the 48th minute against the Titans for her first goal as a Lobo. Brynn Boeyink scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 68th minute at San Diego.

In the last match against NMSU, the Lobos had three different goal scorers all recording their first career goals. Mercedes Morris scored in the 5th minute to tie the match, Presley Devey gave UNM the lead in the 36th minute and Myah Isais sealed the win with a header in the 58th minute.

Paris Dalton and Paige Satterlee assisted on Robinson’s goal, while Clarke assisted on McMillon’s goal and Myah Isais provided the assist in Clarke’s goal. The points were the first for Isais since an assist against Wyoming back on Sept. 24, 2021 and McMillon’s goal was the first for the Lobo since Oct. 16, 2022 against Nevada. Clarke’s goal and assist were the first as a Lobo and set a career high for the redshirt junior.

Paris Dalton and Margaux Clarke each have two assists on the season to lead the team, with Clarke leading the team with four points.

The Lobos have recorded 17 or more shots in four of the last five matches with 17 against Colorado, 18 at San Diego and 19 against Northern Arizona and Cal State Fullerton. UNM had 15 against NMSU in its last match.

Of those, eight were on goal at San Diego and nine were on goal against Cal State Fullerton and NMSU.

UNM has had the advantage in shots in four of the last five matches (19/9 vs. NAU, 19/10 vs. CSF, 18/7 vs. USD and 15/8 vs. NMSU) and in shots on goal in three of the last four (9/2 vs. CSF, 8/6 vs. USD and 9/6 vs. NMSU).

The Lobos rank third in the MW in shots per match.

Alli Davis currently ranks 28th in the NCAA in save % (.865), 37th in saves per match at 5.33 and ranks first in the MW in save percentage and second in GAA and shutouts, third in saves per match and fourth in total saves. Davis has made 32 saves this season, allowing five goals in 540 minutes with two shutouts.

She has twice recorded eight saves this season (vs. Texas Tech and Colorado) and in her two years in net, Davis has made 100 saves and carries a save % of .847 and a GAA of 0.74.

With her 100th save, Davis became the ninth Lobo goalkeeper in program history to reach 100 career saves and needed just 25 matches to reach the milestone.

Her career saves ranks ninth all-time in program history and her GAA is the second best in program history.

Senior defender Myah Isais has started in 62 matches in her career and has accumulated 5,864 minutes of playing time over 74 matches.

The Colorado native has started every match in the last four years and the last three matches in 2019 for a streak of 62 consecutive starts.

She is a fixture on the field, playing the entire match in 15 of 19 matches last season, the entire 90 minutes in the six matches of 2023 and in her five years, has played the entire match 46 times.

New Mexico is coming off its third consecutive conference title, becoming the first MW school to achieve that feat since San Diego State won four straight from 2012-15.

The Lobos were picked to finish third in the MW preseason poll.

New Mexico received one first place vote and 97 points, with the narrowest of margins separating 1-3 in the poll. San Diego State received one point more than the Lobos with four first-place votes for 98 points and Wyoming was tabbed the preseason favorite with 100 points behind four first-place votes. San José State was fourth in the predicted order of finish with 92 points and received three first-place votes.

It marked the fifth consecutive year that the Lobos were picked by the conference coaches to finish in the top three of the conference standings and the sixth time in head coach Heather Dyche’s tenure at UNM with Dyche entering her ninth season at the helm. The Lobos were also picked third in the spring 2021 season, also receiving one first-place vote and 97 points, ultimately going on to finish 10-1-0 en route to a conference regular season championship.

UNM enters the season following a 7-3-9 record overall and a 5-1-5 conference campaign in 2022, in which the Lobos claimed their third consecutive Mountain West regular-season championship.

In the previous eight seasons under Dyche, the Lobos have gone 54-22-12 against MW opponents and have won four MW titles.

UP NEXT: The Lobos remain on the road to face Fresno State on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. MT. UNM’s next home match is Thursday, Sept. 28 when the Lobos host Colorado College for their Childhood Cancer match.