UTEP Rolls Past UALR, 2-0
Sept. 9, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS – Mackenzie German and Amanda Pak each netted goals and UTEP’s defense did the rest in a 2-0 triumph over UALR to kick-off the 12th-annual Border Shootout in style at University Field Friday evening.
With the win the Miners (4-2-0) remain undefeated at home in 2011 at 4-0-0, outscoring the opposition by a count of 12-0 in those matches. The Trojans, meanwhile, slip to 3-4-0 on the campaign.
UTEP dominated every facet of the match. It outshot the Trojans (16-7), while also enjoying an advantage in corner kicks (6-2-0).
The Miners established an up-tempo style of play early in the match, pushing play deep into the Trojans’ portion of the pitch. Good ball movement afforded Dorman some space to work with on the left wing. The senior laced a cross into the area toward German, who one-timed it past helpless UALR goalkeeper Michelle Pittman to put UTEP up 1-0 at 5:02.
UALR upped its physical style of play after the strike in an attempt to slow down the Miners. Dorman overcame it and rocketed a shot in on net at 14:45 but this time Pittman was up to the task.
Tight marking kept chances at a premium for the visitors, with Dilling easily registering the one shot faced in the period.
At the other end of the pitch it was a patient approach by the home side, which was content to control possession. The Miners earned a corner kick in the 39th minute but were unable convert.
Undeterred, UTEP padded its advantage soon thereafter. A beautiful thru ball by Martyn sent Pak streaking in alone. She made one deke to freeze Pittman in her tracks, and then deftly sent the shot into the back of the net.
The tally afforded UTEP a 2-0 edge, one it would carry into the second stanza.
The Miners continued their surge to initiate the final stanza, peppering Pittman with a pair of shots over the first 10 minutes. The visiting netminder, though, came up with a save of Dorman shot (52:50) before turning away Martyn (55:11).
UTEP’s energy was even more evident a few minutes later, and it did everything right but put it away. Hall was robbed by Pittman on a point-blank chance at 61:26. The rebound came out to the junior who ripped a shot which seemed destined for the back of the net, but it was cleaned off the line by Aubrey Tafoya for the team save.
It proved to be a moot point, with a smothering defense from the Miners keeping the Trojans in check throughout the remainder of the tilt.
UTEP will look to make it a perfect weekend of play when it locks up with Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. MT Sunday. . In remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, it will be “Military and Civil Servant Day,” for the tilt vs. the Bears on Sunday. Military personnel, police officers and fire fighters will get in free with valid ID.