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Lobos Fall 2-0 to Utah State

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobos fell behind early and were unable to convert on their six shots on goal, dropping Thursday night’s match against Utah State 2-0.

Utah State took an early lead with a goal in the fourth minute. The Lobos had a chance in the ninth minute off of a free kick as Paris Dalton delivered a ball into the box that Paige Satterlee was able to get a foot on, sending the ball towards the goal that was saved by USU, but created a corner kick for UNM. Margaux Clarke had an opportunity off of the corner kick as the ball bounced around near the goal, trying to go low left, but an Aggie defender was at the near post to keep the ball out.

Nicole Anderson had a chance in the 38th minute, creating her own shot inside the right side of the 18-yard box, going bottom right to force the goalkeeper save.

UNM outshot USU 7-5 in the first 45 minutes with three shots on goal for each team. The Lobos also had the advantage in corner kicks by a 4-1 margin.

The Aggies added a goal in the 53rd minute on a shot from distance that floated towards the goal and just out of reach of Alli Davis.

Trailing 2-0, the Lobos kept putting shots on goal with Utah State’s goalkeeper turning away every attempt. Dalton took a shot from range in the 64th minute, although right at the keeper, and again right at the 66:00 mark with the Aggie goalkeeper having to jump and grab the ball. Ellie Robinson put another good ball on frame in the 76th minute that the Aggie keeper was able to get a glove on to push over the goal for a corner. Robinson’s shot on goal was the final shot attempt in the match as UNM again outshot USU 7-5 in the second half and led 3-1 in shot on goal in the final 45 minutes of play.

UNM had the edge in final shots (14-10) and in shots in goal at 6-4 with Dalton leading the Lobos with a career-high two shots on frame.

The Lobos (4-3-4, 1-2-2 MW) remain at home to host Boise State on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for Club Day.