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Lobos Host Colorado State for Senior Night Thursday

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobos close out their home schedule this week, starting with Colorado State on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Thursday will be Senior Night with nine Lobos set to be recognized before the match.

For those unable to attend, the match will be streamed on the Mountain West Network with live stats available.

UNM enters the match after picking up four points on the road last week, earning a 1-0 win at Nevada and tied 3-3 at UNLV. The Lobos are 5-4-5 on the season, 2-3-3 in the MW with three conference matches remaining, while the Rams are 9-4-3, 4-2-2 in the MW. UNM is 2-2-1 in its last five matches with CSU 3-1-1 following two wins last week and a carry a four-match unbeaten streak into the contest.

UNM has used the same lineup in the last three matches, the first time repeating a lineup in consecutive matches this season. The Lobos have used this combination a total of four times this season. The Lobos have started a different lineup in eight of the 14 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, Nevada and UNLV matches.

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 12 matches and playing 90 minutes in six of the last eight matches and seven times this season. Jenkins has played the fourth-most minutes this season at 1118.

Alli Davis, Natalie DeGagne, Paige Satterlee and Myah Isais have started all 14 matches.

A Brynn Boeyink goal in the 84th minute closed a back-and-forth MW battle between the Lobos and the Rebels on Sunday, with both teams picking up a point in the 3-3 draw. UNM had three different goal scorers in the contest, with Sophia Roberts opening the scoring in the 18th minute, Paris Dalton scoring on a free kick in the 58th minute and the aforementioned Boeyink goal to level the match late.

Nicole Anderson led with two assists in the contest, aiding on the first and third goals, while Mercedes Morris was also credited with an assist on the third goal after getting a head on Anderson’s cross and directing it to a wide-open Boeyink. Anderson is the first Lobo to record two assists in a match this season, with Morris the last Lobo to do so back on Aug. 21, 2022.

UNM put a total of nine shots on goal and took a total of 18 shots in the match, led by two shots on goal by Boeyink and Dalton. Dalton finished with a career-high five shots in the match.

The last time the Lobos faced the Rams, the teams tied 1-1, and UNM outshot CSU 21-15 and in shots on goal at 9-6.

UNM has faced CSU 11 times and holds a 9-1-1 advantage in the series, 4-0-1 at home. The Lobos have won three of the last four meetings and carry a four-match unbeaten streak into Thursday’s contest. The Lobos are 7-1-1 and have outscored the Rams 18-6 with four shutouts under Coach Heather Dyche. Overall, UNM has outscored CSU 22-6 and 8-3 in the last five matches.

Lobo forward Sophia Roberts has come on of late, scoring three goals in October and leads the Lobos with six points this month. The redshirt-junior scored her first goal of the season in the win against Air Force on Oct. 1, added a goal against Boise State and scored in the last match at UNLV. Six of Roberts’ seven shots in the month have been on goal and the Lobo is averaging 1.40 shots and 1.20 points per match. She had four shots on goal against Boise State.

Roberts has started all five matches this month and has played 353 minutes. On the season, the Albuquerque native has started 13 matches, played 890 minutes and leads in goals with three and is second on the team in total points with six. Her six points doubles her point total from last season (three points on one goal and one assist).

In her two seasons at UNM, Roberts has started in all but one match (the USD match this season).

Paris Dalton leads the team with three assists and seven points, recording points in three of the last five matches. The Lobo assisted on the first goal of the season against Texas Tech, on the third goal against New Mexico State and the goal against BSU. Dalton is the go-to on free kicks with both of her goals this season coming on free kicks (vs. Air Force and at UNLV).

Dalton has recorded three or more shots in three of the last four matches with a career-high five shots against the Rebels and a career-high three shots on goal against the Broncos while playing a career-high 90 minutes. Dalton has started each of the last 12 matches and has played a total of 988 minutes this season. This season, Dalton has set career bests in points (seven), shots (25), shots on goal (11) and minutes played. For comparison, in her previous four years, she’s had six points, all coming on assists), 17 shots and nine shots on goal.

Freshman forward Nicole Anderson led the Lobos with a goal and two assists on the week for a team-high four points. The California native scored the game-winning goal in the win at Nevada and had two assists in the match against UNLV, including on the game-tying goal in the 84th minute.

In the 67th minute against the Wolf Pack, scored her first-career goal on a throw in, after a Nevada player made the initial contact heading the ball in the direction of Anderson, who gathered the ball and shot bottom left corner for the goal. Against the Rebels, Anderson assisted on the first and third goals, sending a shot towards the goal with Sophia Roberts connecting to put it in the back of the net in the 18th minute for the 1-0 lead. After UNLV made it 3-2, she led the attack a little over a minute later, going down the near sideline and delivering a ball into the box just outside of the 18-yard box, finding Mercedes Morris in front of the net, with the Lobo sophomore flipping it to Brynn Boeyink, who one-timed it into the back of the net to tie the match.

Anderson became the first Lobo to have two assists in a match this season, with the last time it was done was 8-21-22 by Mercedes Morris.

On the season, Anderson has started four matches, including the last three and has played 601 minutes. She has registered three assists and a goal, and is third on the team in points and tied for the team lead in assists.

On Thursday, UNM will recognize nine seniors: Brynn Boeyink, Paris Dalton, Myah Isais, Rosie Larsen, Eliza Mariner, Skye McMillon, Sophia Roberts, Paige Satterlee and Mariah Scott. For Dalton and Isais, they have gone 47-22-18, 30-11-12 in MW in their five years and have won three MW regular season and one MW Tournament championships.