Stevens: Lobos 4-0 Roll Of Bakersfield 'A Lot Better,' Says Vela
New Mexico scored early and twice in the first half and coast to a 4-0 romp Sunday at the Lobos Soccer Complex
Aug. 21, 2011
Lobo Women's Soccer - At the Lobo Soccer Complex
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
A romp? Probably. A 4-0 spanking in soccer is pretty decisive.
A shutout? For sure.
Better? "Yeah, it was a lot better," said Lobo Coach Kit Vela of her New Mexico Lobos' 4-0 roll over Cal State Bakersfield Sunday at the Lobo Soccer Complex.
The Lobos were on a mission of sorts Sunday, because they felt they outplayed Saint Mary's on Friday night but had to walk off the grass with an unsatisfying 1-0 tie forged in overtime.
On Sunday, Bakersfield was overwhelmed on both sides of the field.
"We played with a lot of heart today," said senior Jen Williams, who scored UNM's first goal of the game, her second of the season, and her first game-winner of 2011.
"We knew what we had to do. We had to come out and prove ourselves, just for us. We kept going at them. Once we got them on their heels, we just kept going, going, going. That shows on the scoreboard when you get four goals on a team."
That "going, going, going" phrase also could apply to Williams, UNM's non-stop scoring machine, who scored at the 5:52 mark in what proved to be the only goal UNM would need.
Williams took a pass from Rachel Montoya in front of the box, one-touched the ball past a defender and had a nice look at the net.
"The cross was beautiful," said Williams. "It was perfect on the ground. All I had to do was take a touch and get past that first defender. Once I got past her, it was a wide-open goal."
Montoya got the assist and at the 10:03 mark of the first half also punched the ball into the Bakersfield net. Her goal was a little tougher as she had to fight past a defender, who was literally trying to hold the Lobo back.
"Yeah, I felt her," said Montoya. "I felt her grab me.
"I saw Jael (Fanning) on the opposite side look up and I knew I had to make a run to the back post. When Jael picked up her head, I was there for the pass. Jael led me enough to get past the defender, but when I took my touch, I could feel her (defender) behind me.
"We were definitely a lot better today. We have big `ol smiles today."
Collins got an assist from Fanning and Martinez scored unassisted on a breakaway. She beat a Bakersfield defender and then, as the enemy keeper came out, Martinez lofted a sweet shot high over the keeper's head and into the waiting net.
"We had better rhythm today in more parts of the game," said Vela. "We also lost rhythm a few times, but you have to expect that with a new team at the beginning of the season.
"We had much better movement than we did on Friday. We had fewer shots, but we were patient and had better finishes. I think it was attitude and showing confidence in how we were attacking."
The quick scores by Williams and Montoya in the first half, and Collins score at the 57:52 mark of the second half, allowed Vela to go to her bench. She pulled 10 Lobos off the bench and eight of them played more than 10 minutes.
"I knew today I would need a lot of players because we went into overtime on Friday," said Vela. "It helps to get ahead and it helps to establish some chemistry.
"You don't want to put a young kid into a lineup that is off balanced because they won't fix that balance because they're new. You want to put a new kind into a team that is playing with chemisty and then they can fit in."
The Lobos play next on Aug. 26 at Florida State.