OGDEN, Utah — The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team came out firing in the opening minutes Friday against Weber State, getting a trio of shot off with two on target – both saved by the Wildcat goalkeeper.
It turned out to be the theme for the Lobos as they had their chances, controlled possession and dominated the statistics – but never found the back of the net as UNM tied with the Wildcats 0-0 at Wildcat Soccer Field.
The Lobos (1-2-1) outshot Weber State (1-1-1) 22-8 (7-4 in shots on goal), dominated corner kicks 8-1 and kept possession of the ball much of the contest – but UNM couldn’t find a way to score.
One of UNM’s final strong chances to score came in the second overtime when Jennifer Munoz weaved through the defense and was able to get a shot off with her right foot, but the attempt went wide to the left and the game remained scoreless.
Despite UNM controlling much of the contest, the Wildcats had the best chance to score of either team in the 87th minute when they were able to pull UNM keeper Tayler Hammack away from the goal and had a shot on target. However, defender Emily Chavez was there to keep the low shot from finding the back of the net and helped the game reach overtime.
Hammack finished with four saves for UNM to complete her first shutout as a Lobo.
Gwen Maly paced UNM with five shots while Munoz, Quincy Slora, Maddie Irwin, Claire Lynch and Eileen Zendejas each had multiple shots.
This was the fourth of a seven-game road stretch to start the season for the Lobos as they continue their play away from Albuquerque when they travel to take on Idaho State 11 a.m. Sunday in Pocatello.
NOTES: This moves the all-time series for the Lobos against Weber State to 0-2-1. … This was the first time UNM had played Weber State in Ogden. … The last time the Lobos played to a scoreless tie was on the road against Wyoming last season (Oct. 9, 2015). … It’s the first scoreless tie in a non-conference game for the Lobos since Sept. 22, 2013, against UC Davis in Albuquerque.