Miners Edged At SMU, 1-0
Sept. 28, 2008
DALLAS, Texas - The UTEP soccer team battled hard but came up short at SMU, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in a contest televised nationally by CBS College Sports. A tally by the Mustangs' Lauren Shepherd in the 75th minute proved to be the difference.
The setback is just the third on the year for the Miners (8-3, 1-1) while the Mustangs move to 3-6-1 and 1-1, respectively.
UTEP played extremely well in spite of the loss, registering 16 shots. SMU netminder Courtney Webb was credited with five stops, but it was only due to a few unlucky plays that UTEP did not light up the scoreboard.
Senior Brandi Aston rifled a shot that beat Webb only 10 minutes in, but the try clanked off the post. In the waning minutes of the match, Jo Radcliffe's blast appeared destined for the back of the net. The chance sailed over the arms of a helpless Webb, but instead of proving to be the game-tying-goal it crashed off the crossbar.
The Miners' defense turned in yet another stellar performance, with Sara Kaltwasser's career-high seven saves setting the tone. The effort by the freshman keeper and the stop troops marked the eighth time in 2008, including the past four games, in which the opposition has been limited to one goal or fewer.
Shepherd was the only Mustang who managed to best Kaltwasser, and that strike came on a point-blank try. Devon Herrman sent Shepherd streaking in alone on a breakaway, who tapped it past Kaltwasser.
Kaltwasser was phenomenal most of the day, with her play early on the second stanza keeping the match scoreless. She came up with five of her seven stops during an offensive flurry by the Mustangs over a seven-minute span.
UTEP's offense also generated plenty of chances, especially in the opening period. The Orange and Blue racked up nine shots in the first 45 minutes alone, in addition to garnering four corner kicks. In comparison, the Mustangs' managed respective totals of five and zero in that timeframe.
The Miners will look to regain their winning ways when they take on 2007 C-USA tournament champion Memphis at University Field at 7 p.m. on Friday. All fans who wear orange will be admitted free to the match, which could be a historic night as head coach Kevin Cross' is one win shy of 100.