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EL Paso, TX — UTEP’s soccer team was upended at La Tech, 3-0, Friday evening. The Miners (9-4-3, 2-2-2) had aspirations of setting a school standard for longest unbeaten road streak only to have the Bulldogs (8-7-1, 3-3-0 C-USA) ride goals from Marjolei Timmermans (14’), Charity Simmons (63’) and Madison Doll (88’) to successfully defend their home pitch.
The Orange and Blue enjoyed advantages in both shots (13-8) and shots on goal (6-5) but could not find a way to best La Tech GK Caitlin Updyke. Miners’ GK Sarah Dilling was credited with a pair of saves.
UTEP set a tremendous tone early in the match with two shots and a pair of corner kicks within the first 10 minutes. La Tech survived the barrage and then managed to get on the board. Brittany Beddow’s shot was blocked away by the Miners’ defense but Timmermans’ rebound attempt bested Dilling.
The Miners made a quality adjustment after the tally, earning a corner kick while also creating a chance for Aleah Davis. Her shot, though, was gobbled up by Updyke at 19:04. Davis rocketed another shot four minutes later which was wide.
Tight marking by both sides kept play in the center portion of the pitch the next 15 minutes before the Orange and Blue upped their intensity in the latter stages of the stanza. Taylor Kidd fired a shot that was grabbed by Updyke at 36:54 while senior Gina Soto was denied at 40:49.
UTEP’s comeback bid took a hit midway through the second half when Simmons received a long pass from Alexandra Fiorvento. She controlled it well and managed to beat Dilling in a one on one situation.
The Miners regrouped well after conceding the tally, with a good sequence of passes setting up Jade Babcock. She drilled a shot but it cruelly deflected off the post at 64:56.
Davis then blasted a shot three minutes later but once against Updyke came up with the stop.
A corner kick led to a good look for Soto in the 75th minute but Updyke was up to the task.
Mackenzie German forced Updyke to make a diving stop in the 79th minute. The rebounding came out to Azia Nicholson, who struck it well but wide.
La Tech added a final goal in the late stages of the game, taking advantage of the Miners’ sending players up the pitch. It led to a one-on-one situation for Doll, and there was nothing that Dilling could do.
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