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UNM Faces UNLV Sunday

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Following a 1-0 win to start the road trip, the Lobos return to the pitch on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT against UNLV.

UNM enters 5-4-4, 2-3-2 in conference with the Rebels 6-5-5 and also 2-3-2 in conference, and sitting in a three-way tie of eight points with Air Force. The Lobos are 1-0-2 on the road in MW matches and the Rebels 0-2-1 at home in MW matches.

The Lobos have started a different lineup in eight of the 13 matches with the same lineup in the Cal State Fullerton, Colorado and Utah State matches, the Colorado College and San Jose State matches and the Fresno State, Boise State and Nevada matches. UNM has used the same lineup in the last two matches, the first time repeating a lineup in consecutive matches this season.

Midfielder Dalis Bruce made her first career start against TTU, and Kennedy Brown, Sariah Brady and Fiona Jenkins making their first starts against NAU. In the match against USD, Skye McMillon and Presley Devey were added to the first collegiate start list and Nicole Anderson started her first collegiate match at Fresno State.

The Lobos have started three freshmen this season in Jenkins, Brady and N. Anderson, with Jenkins starting 11 matches and playing 90 minutes in five of the last seven matches and six times this season.

Jenkins has played the fourth-most minutes this season at 1028.

Alli Davis, Natalie DeGagne, Paige Satterlee and Myah Isais have started all 13 matches.

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 and her third points of the 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.

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. Margaux Clarke led the Lobos with three shots, two on goal, with N. Anderson taking two shots, both on goal.

The last time the Lobos faced UNLV, UNM won 1-0.

New Mexico outshot UNLV 22-9 overall and 8-5 in shots on goal, while holding a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Davis made five saves in goal for UNM to earn the shutout.

UNM has faced UNLV 29 times and is 16-11-2 all-time, outscoring the Rebels 41-36 in the series.

The Lobos have won two of the last three matches, however are 4-7-2 all-time and 1-3-1 in the last five matches at UNLV. The last road win was a 1-0 result on Oct. 10, 2014 and the Lobos did draw 3-3 on Oct. 12, 2018.

The Lobos are 4-3-1 and have outscored the Rebels 14-13 under Coach Heather Dyche.

UP NEXT: The Lobos host Colorado State (Thursday) and Wyoming (Sunday) for their final two home conference matches.