UTEP Soccer Wins At Sam Houston State, 3-1
Sept. 16, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS – The UTEP soccer team bolted out to a 2-0 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to posting a convincing 3-1 win at Sam Houston State Friday evening.
Tess Hall (24:01), Katie Dorman (29:06) and Amanda Pak (81:49) all scored for the Miners (6-2-0), who have now claimed three straight matches. Freshman Lauren Katada got in on the act with a pair of assists, with Dorman and Brittany Kindzierski also picking up helpers.
Freshman GK Sarah Dilling registered a career-high-tying six saves in a solid night in the net, with the lone blemish coming on Tricia Mallory’s strike at 62:11.
UTEP outshot the Bearkats, 14-9, earned nine corners to the home side’s two and effectively controlled the contest with solid ball possession.
It was a bit chippy at the onset of the match with the two squads being tagged for a combined five fouls over the first 10 minutes but UTEP would figure things out. The Miners earned a trio of corners over the next 10 minutes but couldn’t convert.
The pressure paid off, though, in the form of the first goal of the game four minutes later. Dorman took the ball away from an SHSU player before touching a pass over to Kindzierski. The junior then played the ball to the near post, where Hall tapped it into the back of the net.
Before the home side could recover, the Miners struck again. Katada played a lovely thru ball toward a wide-open Dorman, who streaked in alone on Bearkat GK Michel McCullough. The senior then buried the chance from the top of the area.
Dilling was called upon for the first time of the match soon thereafter, gobbling up a chance from Emily Edenstrom at 29:46. UTEP took care of business the rest of the period, and it entered the locker room armed with the aforementioned 2-0 edge.
The Miners came out with ample energy to start the second stanza, nearly securing a 3-0 lead. Kindzierski ripped a shot only to have it clank off the post at 50:45.
SHSU then started to find some rhythm of its own, but Dilling was up to the task. She denied Mallory at 56:21 before stopping a shot from Kaitlyn Stowe at 58:11. The Bearkats finally beat Dilling, however, with Mallory doing the honors to make it 2-1 UTEP at 62:11.
Dilling would turn everything away from that point on, though, stoning Megan Manis (78:57) and Edenstrom at 79:14.
It was then UTEP’s turn to go on the offensive, with Pak delivering the all-important insurance goal. Katada started the sequence by lacing a cross to the near post, where her fellow classmate sent it home.
SHSU mustered one final opportunity, which Dilling took care of at 87:07.
The Miners will look to make it a perfect weekend when they take on UTSA at 12 p.m. MT Sunday.