UTEP Waxes Alabama A&M, 12-1
Sept. 19, 2010
EL PASO, TEXAS- UTEP bolted out to third-largest halftime lead in school history (8-0) before putting things on cruise control in the second stanza in a 12-1 dismantling of Alabama A&M at University Field on Sunday.
Jade Babcock registered a hat trick, Katie Dorman, Brittany Kindzierski, Tori Martyn and Gina Soto all scored twice and Jessica Horvatich got on the board as well. The Miners (7-1-0) displayed an unselfish attitude, with Babcock, Melissa Desilets, Dorman, Tess Hall (two), Horvatich (two) Martyn, Azia Nicholson and Soto all securing assists.
Diana Amoafo tallied the loan goal for the Lady Bulldogs (0-9-0), doing so on a penalty kick at 76:41.
The 12 goals tie for the second most in school history, while the 10 helpers rate fourth in program annals.
UTEP, which has won six straight matches, outshot A&M by a final count of 25-5. "Wins are always great," UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said. "I'm pleased we came out of this game healthy, and that we were able to get some confidence for some of the players."
UTEP got on the board at 7:51, thanks to a mishap by the Lady Bulldogs' netminder Linda Aboagye. A long ball played ahead was mishandled, and Dorman was there to tap home the loose change for her sixth strike of the season.
The Miners continued to control after the tally, but a trio of potential scoring chances was wiped out by an aggressive offside trap.
The Orange and Blue quickly adjusted to the defensive scheme, erupting for three goals in a span of 2:11. Kindzierkski was responsible for the first two strikes, finishing both chances on breakaways with a silky smooth touch. The third tally was courtesy of Soto, who redirected a cross from Hall into the back of the net. When the flurry was all said and done, the Miners enjoyed a 4-0 advantage at 22:38. UTEP nearly made it 5-0 when a blast by Maggie Schaffer seemed destined for the back of the net, but it was cleared off the line by an A&M defender at 28:29.
The close call proved to be a moot point three minutes later, when Babcock carried the ball for a good 30 yards before blasting the ball home for her first tally of the year at 32:56. UTEP was knocking on the door again some four minutes later. Off a corner kick service from Hall, Martyn elevated above the pack and headed it past a diving Aboagye to afford the home side a 6-0 lead at 36:03.
The Miners would push their advantage out to 8-0 at the break, thanks to Babcock and Martyn. Babcock rifled a shot which was stopped initially by Aboagye but the rebound came back to her. She deftly put away the loose change at 42:37.Babcock then took on the role of playmaker, placing a nice pass on the foot of Martyn. Her fellow classmate directed a shot on target toward the far left corner, which clanked off the post and in 43:13.
The Miners showed tremendous sportsmanship in the second half, simply maintaining possession and attacking only after stringing together several passes.The first such sequence of the stanza came when a good ball by Horvatich sent Dorman streaking in alone on net. She deked and then calmly collected her second goal of the game by touching it home at 51:39.
UTEP reached double digits on the day after Soto lofted a ball down the right wing, which was corralled by Horvatich. She then crossed it into the area, where Babcock redirected it into the goal to complete her hat-trick at 61:13.
Melissa Desilets picked off a pass at midfield and then lifted a ball into space, which was tracked down by Soto. The native of El Paso unleashed a shot which ripped into upper 90's country at 72:24.
A&M wrecked the shutout after a foul in the box set up a penalty kick, where Amoafo snuck a shot past Sara Kaltwasser.
The Miners lit up the scoreboard one final time, with an ill-fated offside trap allowing Horvatich to walk in alone on Aboagye from essentially midfield. She dribbled in on the keeper, drawing her off the line and then softly slicing the shot in.
UTEP will return to action when it plays host to UAB in the Conference USA opener at 7 p.m. on Friday.