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Wolf Down: Lobos drop first road match 1-0 to Portland

Down 1-0 early in the half, UNM is unable to convert a chance to get into the score line.

By Chris Walker | Photo: BV Photos!

Thursday’s match between the Portland Pilots and University of New Mexico Lobos was the second installment of the match series between these two teams. Lobos won the initial match 1-0 back in 2017 and the Pilots won 1-0 yesterday at the opening day of The Husky Invitational.

The Lobos kicked off their four game road series on Thursday against the Pilots. Last week, the Lobos defeated former nationally ranked opponent, Texas Tech, 1-0 by penalty kick at UNM Soccer Complex.

Early on in the match, the Lobos had fired off two shot attempts in the first ten minutes of the match before Portland’s Larkin Russell connects with Taryn Ries on a goal at the 27th-minute. Both teams were called for equal fouls throughout the match. Lobos forward Gwen Maly took two shots though neither was on target. Lobos did manage to shoot on frame in the 30th and 43rd minutes respectively off shots by midfielder Cami Floth and midfielder Maysa Walters.

The Lobos created chances, but couldn’t finish them. They had a total of 5 shots with 2 on frame and 3 corner kicks.

The Lobos kept after things in the second half taking three shots with 1 on frame and 2 corners. Lobo forward Alesia Garcia blasted off two shots within minutes of each other in the 68th and 71st minutes. Lobos were not able to convert even with all of their opportunities on the evening.

It’s notable to mention that Maly, Floth, and Kate Browning played under 40 minutes each in this match. I am wondering if Head Coach Heather Dyche wanted to get them some minutes in this match, but truly wants to run them close to full time against University of Washington on Sunday.

Lobos are 0-3 all-time against the Washington Huskies. The Lobos and the Huskies face each other at 2 pm PT. Live-stream is available on the Pac-12 Network.

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