ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Williams Scores 2 In Women’s Win
Jennifer Williams got the first laugh and the last Friday night.
The senior forward converted two goals – including the game-winner with less than six minutes remaining – as the UNM women’s soccer team earned a 2-1 home victory over Oklahoma.
Many of the announced 2,696 fans who turned out for New Mexico’s Stuff-the-Stadium soccer doubleheader did not arrive in time for Williams’ first goal. That one came in the 12th minute when Natalie Jenks gained control of the ball on the left sideline and hit Williams with a lead pass. She beat Sooners goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire with a cross-field shot.
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“I barely even remember that one,” Williams said with a smile after the match. “It seems like such a long time ago.”
The early goal gave the Lobos (5-4-2) a 1-0 lead that began to seem like it might hold up. But the Sooners (5-6) got even in the 80th minute when Dria Hampton collected a loose ball in front of the net and fired a low shot that deflected off a defender and over diving UNM goalkeeper Kelli Cornell.
“The soccer gods were on their side on that one,” Williams said.
But UNM’s scoring opportunities increased as the game went on. After missing on several close calls, the Lobos cashed in when Brooke Ellison’s long lead pass brought Devonshire out for a one-on-one situation with Williams, who converted her sixth goal of the season.
“That was a great through pass,” Williams said. “Once the ‘keeper came out, it was easy to put that one away.”
UNM outshot Oklahoma 14-11 and had six corner kicks to the Sooners’ one. Cornell finished with five saves for the Lobos, who visit New Mexico State on Sunday.
n New Mexico’s 11th-ranked men completed the doubleheader sweep and remained undefeated with a 2-0 victory over Loyola Marymount. The Lobos (6-0-2) had their hands full against the Lions (2-5) until midway through the second half, when Devon Sandoval set up one goal and scored another.
UNM’s first tally came in the 63rd minute, when Sandoval sent a cross from the left sideline and Giovanni Rollie put it into the net. Sandoval added an unassisted goal from 18 yards out in the 76th minute.
The Lobos outshot LMU 19-13 and got six saves from goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez.
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