The UTEP soccer team fought hard but was derailed after Taylor Kelley scored off a rebound one minute into the first overtime period to lift home-standing Texas State to a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Miners (2-2-0) out-shot the Bobcats (2-3-0) 16-12 while also earning six corner kicks but just could not find a way to finish. TSU netminder Lauren Frazier was credited with four stops, two in each half.
UTEP freshman GK Sarah Dilling matched her counterpart in regulation, coming up with five saves over the first 90 minutes. Four of those were in the first half, with TSU being held to just one shot on goal in the second stanza.
Dilling also turned away a shot by Serena Hines in the extra session but the rebound came out to Kelley who was able to coerce it into the back of the net at 91:01.
It was a back-and-forth game under challenging weather conditions, with a temperature of 97 degrees and winds whipping up to 35 miles per hour. UTEP made the best of things, though, and did pretty much everything well but finish throughout the tilt.
The Miners controlled play early with a pair of shots and two corners in the first eight minutes. The Bobcats cleared things out of harms’ way, though. Dilling was called upon for the first time at 14:52, pushing a header attempt by Kendell Webber out of play. The Bobcats were not able to convert on the corner.
Brittany Kindzierski vied to put the Miners on the board in the 24th minute but Frazier came up with the save. Frazier also stopped a try from Katie Dorman in the 43rd minute.
At the other end of the pitch Dilling was being tested in mini flurries, and she was passing with flying colors. She showed good form in stopping a shot by Kelley in the 32nd minute before making an even better save on an attempt from Jourdan Brown at 34:21. Late in the stanza, she kept Kelley off the board again.
Possession was hard to maintain for either squad over the first 16 minutes of the second half. UTEP found some rhythm and turned to Kindzierski in search of a spark, only to have Frazier collect her blast at 61:29.
The Miners continued to pressure as the half wore on, really limiting the home side’s opportunities. Sophomore Jade Babcock put a shot in on net at 73:55, but as was the case throughout the tilt, Frazier was there.
Texas State managed only one shot on goal in the second stanza, with Erica Michaud being stoned by Dilling in the 80th minute.
UTEP generated two final chances in the waning minutes of the period, but couldn’t convert on a shot from Azia Nicholson or off a corner kick either.
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