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DeGagne and Roberts Lead Lobos in Draw with Wyoming

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Natalie DeGagne and Sophia Roberts led the comeback for the Lobos on Sunday, as UNM fought back from down 2-0 for the second-straight match to draw with Wyoming.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, DeGagne cut the deficit in half in the 61st minute following a free kick taken by Myah Isais. The senior Lobo put the ball on target with the Cowgirl goalkeeper unsuccessfully attempting to make the grab, allowing the ball to bounce around and find the foot of Roberts who tapped it towards the goal for DeGagne to finish in the bottom left corner.

It was the second-straight contest that DeGagne scored in and the third goal of the season for the junior, while it was Roberts’ first assist of the season.

The duo switched roles 14 minutes later as DeGagne sent a cross from the near side of the field into the box, where Roberts connected on a header, sending it to the back of the net for the equalizer and her team-high fourth goal of the season. It was DeGagne’s third assist of the season and also the second-straight tallying an assist.

Roberts finished with a career-best three points in the match and DeGagne tied her career high in points with three, that she established in Thursday’s match.

Both had chances in the final 15 minutes, with DeGagne’s shot going wide right in the 79th minute, Roberts’ shot going wide right in the 86th minute and DeGagne’s shot going wide right with under a minute to play. On the other end, the Cowgirls put three shots on goal, forcing saves by Alli Davis, who finished with five saves in the match.

UNM outshot Wyoming 25-19 in the match for a season high in shots, putting eight on goal. DeGagne and Roberts led the Lobos with two each as six different Lobos recorded at least one shot on goal.

With the result, the Lobos stand at 5-5-6 on the season, 2-4-4 in conference and have 11 points. Heading into the final MW match, the Lobos trail Air Force by one point for the sixth spot and hold a one-point edge over Fresno State, UNLV and Colorado College.