Anderson Aids Lobos in MW Win at Nevada
RENO, Nev.— Two key plays contributed to three big conference points in UNM’s 1-0 win at Nevada on Thursday night, led by the play of Alli Davis, Allie Anderson and Nicole Anderson.
It was a sisterly connection that led to the game-winner in the 67th minute as A. Anderson threw the ball in from the far side, throwing the ball between the D and the A letters in the end zone. A Nevada player made the initial contact, heading the ball in the direction of N. Anderson, who gathered the ball and shot bottom left corner for the goal. It was the first career goal for N. Anderson for her third points of the season, and N. Anderson became the 11th different Lobo to score a goal this season.
Davis ensured that the match remained in UNM’s favor with seven saves, perhaps none so as big as the save in the 32nd minute, stopping a penalty kick with her left foot as she dove to her right. A corner kick followed the play with the Lobo keeper making another save.
Following a scoreless first 45 minutes, the Lobo defense again stepped up to keep the Wolf Pack off the board early on in the second half of play.
The defense proved to be the last line of defense, keeping the ball out of the net following a scramble in front of the goal on a Nevada corner kick in the 54th minute as Davis was drawn out attempting to grab the ball as the ball was put into play. Davis recovered to make a save 10 seconds later as the match remained scoreless.
From there, UNM recorded the next three shots, as Paige Satterlee’s shot attempt in the 58th minute sailed over the crossbar, Margaux Clarke’s shot towards the bottom right was saved, as was Natalie DeGagne’s attempt to go bottom right in the 64th and 66th minutes, respectively.
Anderson broke the stalemate in the 67th minute, with the Lobos taking three more shots in the remainder of the contest, one of which was on goal from Skye McMillon in the 73rd minute. For Nevada, the Wolf Pack had two shots on goal in the remaining time, with the final occurring at the 89:31 mark with Davis making the save to preserve the win.
Both the Lobos and Wolf Pack took 13 shots in the match with Nevada holding an 8-7 margin in shots on goal. Each team took five shots on goal in the final 45 minutes, although UNM did lead in overall shots at 9-7 in the frame. Clarke led the Lobos with three shots, two on goal, with N. Anderson taking two shots, both on goal.
With the win, the Lobos move to 5-4-4, 2-3-2 in conference and picked up three points for eight in conference. UNM remains in Nevada to face UNLV on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. MT, with the Rebels also 2-3-2 in conference.