“A lot of people were scared of the ball,” Palacios said of why she became a soccer goalie. “It came to me more naturally. I was already kind of catching it when I was younger. Also, my older sister was a goalie first and I wanted to be like my bigger sister. Once I was put at (goalie) I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Palacios delivered a season-high seven saves but visiting CSU Bakersfield received a double overtime goal by Kamari Hines (107’) in a 1-0 outcome in a match delayed more than two hours by lightning and rain at University Field Friday evening.
The Miners (0-3) recorded eight shots, including four on target, while securing a pair of corner kicks but Jordan Bertram kept the clean sheet for the Roadrunners (2-2).
In the seventh minute there was a good idea by Vic Bohdan to cross it to a cutting Kennadie Chaudhary but the Miners couldn’t finish the possession with a shot. Seven minutes later a high-arching shot by CSUB’s Aminah Settles’ tested Palacios but she was up to the task.
In the 22nd minute Palacios was called again, this time delivering a diving stop. The Miners then launched a counter attack with Natalie Valentine lacing a shot that forced a save by the Roadrunner GK. Eight minutes later there was nifty footwork by Aylin Villalobos to send a cross into the area but to her credit the CSUB GK cut it off.
In the 38th minute a low, hard shot screamed in on net but Palacios was there for the save. With four minutes to play in the first half there was a nice flick-on header by Kennadie Chaudhary but it eked just wide of the frame.
The Miners came out flying to start the second half, with Bohdan forcing a good save by Bertram. CSUB couldn’t clear but Carreon’s attempt was wide. The visitors then launched a counter attack but Palacios stoned Hines.
There was a great sequence of soccer midway through the second half but a header by Jeanna Mullen whistled just wide of the frame. Four minutes later it was Chaudhary with the opportunity, but Bertram delivered a stop.
Palacios made a tremendous diving stop, using cat-like reflexes to dart to her right and deny Claire Nelson in the 84th minute. UTEP then worked the ball up the pitch, eventually earning a corner kick but CSUB was able to fend off the challenge.
In the first OT the Orange and Blue had a chance wiped out by offside and a shot by Mullen turned away by Bertram in the 98th minute. UTEP had two promising opportunities dashed in the second OT before the visitors found the back of the net.
The Miners will wrap up the three-game home stand by playing host to I-25 rival New Mexico at 1 p.m. Sunday. As part of “Jersey Day” all individuals who wear a soccer jersey will receive free admission.