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UNM Concludes MW Schedule at San Diego State Thursday

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobos close out their MW schedule on the road at San Diego State with a Thursday night match.

Kick is set for 8 p.m. MT/ 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the Mountain West Network with live stats available.

UNM enters the match 5-5-6 overall and 2-4-4 in conference, while SDSU is 13-3-2 on the season and 8-1-1 in conference. Historically, the Lobos have fared well of late against the Aztecs, unbeaten against SDSU in the last five meetings with two ties in the last two meetings and three wins prior. Overall, UNM has outscored SDSU 13-3 in the last five matches with three shutouts. The Lobos are 4-3-2 and have outscored the Aztecs 19-13 under Coach Heather Dyche.

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.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.

UNM and SDSU had a scoreless draw the last time the two teams met, with Alli Davis making three saves for the clean sheet.

Lobo forward Sophia Roberts has come on of late, scoring four goals in October with nine points this month. The redshirt-junior scored has scored in two of the last three matches and three of the last five. Her first goal of the season in the win against Air Force on Oct. 1, added a goal against Boise State, scored in the match at UNLV and added a goal and an assist in the draw with Wyoming. The three points against the Cowgirls was a career high.

Nine of Roberts’ 15 shots in the month have been on goal and the Lobo is averaging 2.14 shots and 1.29 point per match.

Roberts has started all seven matches this month and has played 496 minutes. On the season, the Albuquerque native has started 15 matches, played 1034 minutes and leads the team in goals with four and is tied for first on the team in total points with nine. Her nine points triples 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 is tied for the team lead with nine points and with three assists, and is tied for second with three goals. Dalton has recorded points in two of the last three matches.

She scored in back-to-back matches (at UNLV and against CSU) and added an assist against Boise State. Seven of her points have come in the month of October (three goals and one assist). Dalton has recorded three or more shots in five of the last six 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 14 matches and has played a total of 1140 minutes this season. This season, Dalton has set career bests in points (nine), shots (30), shots on goal (13) 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.

Natalie DeGagne led the Lobos with six points last week on two goals and two assists. She took a team-high 13 shots and a team-high four shots on goal and set a career high with three points against Colorado State that she matched against Wyoming.

She currently is tied for the team lead in points (nine) and assists (three) and tied for second in goals (three).

In her fourth season with the Lobos, the Washington native has gotten better each year, surpassing her production from last season. She currently has a career-best three goals, three assists and nine points, and has taken 48 of her 76 career shots this season with 17 of her 30 career shots on goal this season.

The Lobos have recorded 17 or more shots nine times this season with a season-high 25 in the match against Wyoming. UNM also had 24 against Colorado College and had 23 in the match against Boise State.

UNM had 17 against Colorado and San José State, 18 at San Diego and UNLV and 19 against Northern Arizona and Cal State Fullerton. UNM had 16 against Colorado State, 15 against NMSU, 14 against Fresno State, 13 at Nevada and 11 against Air Force giving the Lobos 10+ in the last 15 matches. Of those, 11 were on goal against Colorado College, nine were on goal against UNLV, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton and NMSU and eight were on goal at San Diego and against Wyoming.

UNM has had the advantage in shots in 11 matches (19/9 vs. NAU, 19/10 vs. CSF, 18/7 vs. USD, 15/8 vs. NMSU, 17/15 at SJSU, 14/7 at FS, 24/10 vs. CC and 14/10 vs. USU, 23/13 vs. BSU, 16/11 vs. CSU, 25/19 vs, UW) and in shots on goal in seven of the last nine and 10 matches this season (9/2 vs. CSF, 8/6 at USD, 9/6 vs. NMSU, 4/2 at FS, 11/5 vs. CC, 7/4 vs. AF, 6/4 vs. USU, 9/6 vs. BSU, 9/5 at UNLV, 8/7 vs, UW).

The Lobos lead the MW in overall shots per match at 16.63, and in MW matches at 17.5 shots per match and in total shots at 175.

Natalie DeGagne leads UNM with 17 shots on goal and with 48 shots. DeGagne had a career-high 10 shots and career-high four shots on goal against CC.

DeGagne is tied for second in shots per match in MW matches with 3.6 and in total shots at 36. Her 3.0 shots per match on the season is fourth among MW players and her 48 shots is tied for fourth. Paris Dalton is tied for ninth in shots at 24 and Margaux Clarke is seventh in shots per match at 2.6 in MW matches.