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Senior Night Heartbreak for Lobos

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M— Senior Night ended in heartbreak on Thursday night as Colorado State scored with six seconds remaining to steal the win, 3-2.

The Lobos fought back from down 2-0 to tie the match in the 87th minute on a goal from Natalie DeGagne before a Ram corner kick in the final seconds led to a header that found the back of the net.

DeGagne led the Lobos with a goal and an assist, assisting on Paris Dalton’s goal in the 58th minute that cut the deficit in half. For DeGagne, it was a career high in points for the Lobo junior, the second goal and second assist of the season and sixth-career goal and third-career assist.

A turnover in the 21st minute led to a Ram goal, hitting the bottom left post and ricocheting into the net, which the score would hold at the half.

Both teams took eight shots in the first 45 minutes with six on target for CSU and two for UNM.

Colorado State added a second goal in the 57th minute on a free kick with the Lobos quickly answering with a goal of their own on the foot of a senior.

Senior Dalton scored her third goal of the season in the 58th minute on a floater that sailed over the Ram goalkeeper’s head and into the top of the net, and later had a chance on a free kick in the 79th minute that went just wide right of the goal.

However, the Lobos kept peppering the net with shots with Sophia Roberts’ shot going high in the 60th minute and Margaux Clarke’s shot in the 78th minute forcing a save. Presley Devey had a good look in the 85th minute, as Myah Isais sent a ball down the middle of the field, connecting with Clarke, who headed the ball towards the top of the 18-yard box with Devey chasing it down. With just the goalie in front of her, the Lobo tried to chip it over the Ram goalkeeper’s head but sent it too high and over the crossbar.

DeGagne’s shot at the 86:13 mark went high, but the junior found the back of the net 45 seconds later, teeing it up from distance and going top right of the goal.

UNM outshot CSU 8-3 in the second half with a 3-2 edge in in shots on goal, and finished with a 16-11 advantage in shots, but the Rams had an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal.

With Thursday’s result, the Lobos stand at 5-5-5 overall, 2-4-3 in conference and are tied with UNLV, Fresno State and Colorado College in that sixth spot with nine points. UNM closes its home conference schedule on Sunday against Wyoming at 1:30 p.m.