"I was really proud of the girls' effort," said head coach Kit Vela. "We showed character, heart, determination and togetherness. I thought the team dealt with anything thrown at them, and we had a great connection for a goal from Rachel to Brianna."
San Diego St. (18-1-1) demolished No.3 seed UNLV 30 Friday night in San Diego.
Against the Wolf Pack, New Mexico (11-6-2) overcame a scoreless first half to find the net in the 57th minute when UNM earned a corner kick. Midfielder Rachel
Montoya took the kick and sent it into the box. The service found
junior midfielder Brianna Webster, who headed the ball in from her
position in front of the net.
The Lobos kept the Wolf Pack (7-10-3) at arm's length the rest of
the way to secured a spot in the final for the third consecutive
New Mexico finished the game with a 12-9 advantage in shots,
completing the match with an 8-1 edge in shots on goal. The Lobos
also won the corner-kick battle, 4-3. Nevada goalkeeper had seven
saves on the day while UNM 'keeper Kelli Cornell was only pushed
to one save.
Webster finished with three shots on goal for the Lobos. Forward
Natalie Jenks finished with three shots total, two on goal.
Montoya leads the New Mexico squad with five assist on the season.
UNM moves on to Sunday's championship game, which is set for 1 p.m. PT at SDSU Sports Deck.