The University of New Mexico soccer team defeated Boise State University 1-0 at University Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 3. The Lobos are now 9-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play, good enough for the top spot in the Mountain West Conference women’s soccer standings.
Just two days after a grueling double-overtime win against Utah State on Oct. 1, this game was never going to be an easy one, even though the Broncos had also had to play a game on Friday, Oct. 1. Boise State proved to be extremely physical, committing 12 fouls and receiving three yellow cards for unsporting behavior.
UNM was able to get 10 shots in the first period to Boise State’s three and showed success using a box-style offensive push with Lobos forward Molly Myers in the middle to relieve pressure. Boise State’s defense held strong against multiple attacks and three corner kicks from UNM; Broncos keeper Genevieve Crenshaw had six saves. Boise State’s best shot at a goal in the first period came at the 31:26 mark, but Lobos keeper Emily Johnson was able to make a flying save, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Neither team made a goal until the 63rd minute, when Lobos forward Jadyn Edwards got a close one in out of a crowd, assisted by midfielder Maysa Walters. The Broncos did everything they could to tie the match, ultimately getting 10 shots in the second period, but UNM fell back to guard their net as a team. However, the Lobos didn’t just run the clock out; they attempted six other shots in the second period. Edwards was particularly aggressive, attempting three of those missed shots.
The last five minutes mainly consisted of a game of keepaway that the Lobos played with the Broncos. UNM was successful and the clock ran out with their 1-0 lead intact.
Head coach Heather Dyche said her team played as well as she expected them to, considering how tough it is for a team to play a hard game on a Friday and come back Sunday to play again.
“(My starters) literally can’t walk,” Dyche said. “I know your readers can’t see this but watch Alexa (Kirton) walk. She can’t move. It’s just stupid.”
Dyche acknowledged that she still doesn’t feel that her team is playing as well as they could be due to their overreliance on upperclass players. She said players that come into the game as substitutes need to continue the energy that her starters are relied upon to show.
“I think we’re going to need those players to find a little bit of composure to help us impact and give rest to some of the people who are carrying so much,” Dyche said.
The Lobos will face a tough two weeks of road games before they return to University Stadium again. This upcoming week sees them play another Friday/Sunday pair on Oct. 8 and 10, and the week after they play Thursday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 17. Dyche said the Lobos need to emerge from this two-week stretch 2-2 to continue to be in a good position to accomplish the goals that they set for themselves.
Matthew Salcido is the sports editor at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @baggyeyedguy