UTEP Dominates Houston Baptist, 4-0
Aug. 26, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS – Freshman Amanda Pak scored twice, including a spectacular half-volley bicycle kick, to help lead the way in a 4-0 UTEP rout of Houston Baptist at University Field Friday evening.
Lauren Katada and Gina Soto also scored for the Miners (2-0-0) while Jade Babcock, Brittany Kindzierski and Tori Martyn registered assists. Netminders Sarah Dilling and Chandra Morden combined for a pair of saves in keeping the Huskies (1-2-0) off the board.
The home side enjoyed a 29-4 advantage in shots, including 15-2 in shots on goals, while also controlling corner kicks to the tune of 5-1.
UTEP dominated early, forcing play deep into the Huskies’ portion of the pitch. It earned a trio of corner kicks over the first 11 minutes but it could not convert. The Miners continued to press over the next several minutes, peppering HBU with five shots but they could not find the back of the net.
That all changed in the 29th minute, courtesy of Kindzierski and Pak. The junior used a nifty deke to create some space and rifled a shot which ricocheted off an HBU defender.
Pak positioned herself perfectly for the rebound, and hammered it home past a helpless Shelby Horn to afford the Orange and Blue a 1-0 edge.
The Miners quickly doubled that advantage by virtue of some nice passing in the area to draw a foul in the box. Katada stood over the ball for the penalty kick, and she converted it with a brilliant strike at 30:14.
The effort afforded the home side a 2-0 edge, one it would carry into the break.
Rather than rest on its laurels, the Miners played with a purpose in the second stanza. UTEP registered four shots in the initial six minutes, intent on padding its advantage.
A wild sequence would result in just that, with Pak capping it with a highlight-reel tally. After shots by Babcock and Martyn were deflected, the ball was bouncing in the area. Pak timed it perfectly and buried it with a half-volley bicycle kick.
Following the strike the Orange and Blue began to focus on possessing the ball, and as result would close out the contest in style.
Chances for the visitors were few and far in between. UTEP did find some time to go to work on the offensive end, and Soto put the icing on the cake with a goal at 86:40.
The sophomore streaked up the pitch, weaving through traffic while skillfully carrying the ball. She then used a clinical strike to guide it into the back of the net.
The Miners will be back in action when they play host to Prairie View A&M at 1 p.m. MT Sunday.