It will certainly go down as one of the weirder games in Lobo history, as New Mexico dominated from the start as New Mexico overcame a pair of own goals to remain in a first place tie with a 3-2 win at the UNM Soccer Complex.
The Lobos, 5-1 in the Mountain West and tied with San Diego State, on Friday outshot Nevada 18-2.
Nevada opened the scoring at the 3:29 mark with the assist from UNM. After a long throw-in, UNM’s Liz Nare of the Lobos outjumped Lindsey Salcido for the ball, which deflected off her head toward a Lobo goal vacated by keeper Cassie Ulrich, making it 1-0.
The Lobos responded with a goal just 1:04 later, a streaking Ruth Bruciaga buried the ball short-side past Kelsey Quintos for a 1-1 tie. With fewer than 10 minutes before halftime Maddie Irwin headed in a pass from Lindsey Guice to put UNM up 2-1 at the break.
Later, Dylann O’Connor added what at the time seemed like an insurance goal a one-touch on a break for a 3-1 lead.
To that point, and to the 76th minute, Nevada had no shots, but their only one from a play would set up bizarre own goal number two on the evening. UNM’s Brooke Ellison, herself trying to avoid Brianna Webster’s clearance and then the rebound, accidentally knocked the ball between the posts for another own goal, making it 3-2.
GRAND CANYON 1, NMSU 0: The loss in Phoenix dropped the Aggies to 4-10-2, 1-6-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.
ENMU 0, WEST TEXAS A&M 0 (tie): In Canyon, Texas, junior goalkeeper Fabienne Wilson of Alamogordo made four saves for the Zias (4-5-4, 1-2-3 Lone Star). The game marked the ninth overtime contest of the season for the Zias, putting them within one of Newberry College’s NCAA Division II record of 10, set in 2007.
SPORTING 1, UNITED 0: In Kansas City, Kan., Dom Dwyer’s seventh-minute goal gave Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 home win over D.C. United on Friday to move to the top of the league’s overall points standings.
MEXICO CHANGES COACH: Miguel Herrera was hired as Mexico’s new coach Friday for two playoff games next month against New Zealand.