Jenks' late goal nets 1-1 tie with Fresno State
Oct. 12, 2012
Fresno, Calif. --- Natalie Jenks scored with 15 minutes left to equalized Fresno State, and the Lobos run their unbeaten conference streak to 17 straight games with a 1-1 double overtime tie in Fresno. The tie dropped New Mexico into a second place tie with the Bulldogs, two points behind No. 7 San Diego State.
The tie also saw the end to a couple of UNM streaks that were school records. UNM was attempting to win its sixth straight conference game, which would have tied the school record, and UNM's streak of five straight shutouts ended.
After a scoreless first half, Fresno State got on the board when Rachel Armstrong turned on a loose ball in front of the net that was sent in by Nadia Pearl, and her shot went in off the hand of a diving Kelli Cornell for a 1-0 Fresno State lead. That goal ended a scoreless streak of 545:19, which was a school record for both the team, and for Cornell.
UNM couldn't equalize until exactly 15 minutes remained, and for the second straight game, it was Natalie Jenks to the rescue. Brianna Martinez played a ball forward to a streaking Jenks, who hammered a rope towards and past Fresno State keeper Katie DeVault. The ball banged in off the underside of the crossbar, tying it at 1-1.
Both teams would press for the game-winner, but over the final 15 minutes, and two 10-minute overtimes, no conclusion could be had. Still, the comeback was certainly what head coach Kit Vela wanted to see.
"I'm proud of the girls for grinding that out and getting it tied up, despite playing in an unfamiliar place, and being on the road," said Vela. "After we scored we had our chances, but credit to their keeper who played well. Overall, I'm happy to get a point on the road, and head to Las Vegas for a very good UNLV team."
UNLV is where UNM is headed, for a Sunday showdown with the Rebels stinging after giving up a late penalty kick to lose 2-1 to San Diego State as the league's top four in the standings play each other this weekend.
UNM was outshot overall on the match 23-11 and 8-1 in overtime, although UNM had more on net, 7-6.
NOTES: Jenks now has 10 career goals, and she is the active leader. Her nine points is now tied for second on the team ... Jenks needs one more goal to tie for 10th on the career list ... Cornell became the all-time leader in minutes played during the contest. She has played in 7,162 minutes, surpassing Jayme Dieringer, who played in 7,139 from 1997-00 ... Cornell also is now tied for 10th in matches played (76) and is tied for third in matches started (76) ... UNM has scored exactly one goal in five of the last six matches, and UNM is now 8-1-1 in its last 10 matches (.850)