Miners Down NM State On The Road, 2-0, In Exhibition Contest

Lauren Katada

April 2, 2012

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Brittany Kindzierski and Lauren Katada each scored and the defense did the rest in the UTEP's soccer team's 2-0 exhibition victory at I-10 rival New Mexico State Sunday afternoon.  

The Miners were much more aggressive than they were against Texas Tech (0-0 tie, March 31) during the two 35-minute halves, and it paid off in the form of the shutout triumph.

Roughly 10 minutes into the contest off a set piece from about 25 yards out, Tess Hall bent a shot that seemed destined for upper 90's. The NM State keeper made a great save, though, to keep the match scoreless.

The Miners would get on board midway through the opening stanza. Kindzierski beat a defender off the dribble before rifling a shot from a wide angle toward the near post. The Aggies' netminder made a good effort but couldn't keep it from ending up in the back of the net.

Late in the half it was the home side on the attack, breaking through UTEP's defense. It resulted in a one-on-one situation, but GK Sarah Dilling was up to the task. She aggressively came off the line and made the save.

Armed with the 1-0 lead at the break, the Miners used some good ball movement early on in the second stanza. It led to Katada besting a NM State defender, who tripped her up in the box to set up a penalty kick.

Katada stepped up to take the penalty kick, and she sent the ball home to make it 2-0.

The Aggies looked to get back into it but once again Dilling came up with a stop the one vs. one.



Down the stretch former Miner Chandra Morden, who started for three years before being unable to play most of her senior year in 2011 due to injury, stepped in for Dilling. It was an emotional moment for Morden and the rest of the Miners, and she came up with a couple big stops to preserve the clean sheet for the Orange and Blue.

UTEP will continue its exhibition spring season when it plays host to Arizona at 11 a.m. MT Sunday, April 15.  

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