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PHOENIX – UTEP received goals from Jojo Ngongo (14’) and Danielle Carreon (82’) and freshman GK Emily Parrott delivered five saves in a 2-1 win at GCU Thursday evening.
Tessa Carlin recorded her third assist in as many matches in setting up Ngongo’s first goal of the season.
The Miners (1-1-1) remain perfect in the series with the Lopes (1-2-0), picking up their fourth win in as many tries. It also marks the first victory in the Kathryn Balogun era.
“I’m really proud of the team’s second-half effort, especially the last 20 minutes,” Balogun said. “They grinded it out, won the first and second balls. They got it to the corner like we were asking them to do. It is a tough and long weekend. We need to be solid again on Sunday (at UTRGV).”
Four of Parrott’s save came in the first half. GCU’s Emma Anderson (68’) converted a penalty kick to spoil the otherwise perfect night in net for the GK.
UTEP wiped out an offensive opportunity for the home side by catching GCU offside in the 11th minute. Less than three minutes later, the Miners got on the board. Carlin crossed it into the area to Ngongo, who buried it past Garthwaite with a one-time touch.
Parrott was called upon for the first time of the tilt by turning away a shot from Camryn Larson in the 15th minute. At the other end of the pitch Carlin was denied by Garthwaite three minutes later. Parrott delivered three mores saves in the frame, including a point-blank stop on a shot from Raeanne Jones with 25 seconds to play in the period. The freshman GK also showed good form by punching away a service off a corner.
GCU had a promising look in the 54th minute, but for the second time in the match the UTEP wall blocked away a shot off a set piece. The Miners possessed as the half wore on, but a foul in the box gave the Lopes a penalty kick. Anderson converted the golden opportunity, sneaking it into upper 90’s territory past Parrott.
Carreon looked to put UTEP back ahead but her shot whistled high in the 71st minute. Crenshaw fired inches with in the 78th minute. On a counter attack Parrott robbed Jaycee Iranshad by pushing a shot just wide.
The Orange and Blue went back on the offensive, this time finding pay dirt. A shot from Adrianna Jimmerson was initially saved by Garthwaite but Carreon hustled down the loose change and put it away. It marked her second goal of the campaign, and it proved to be the match winner.
UTEP will look to make it a perfect road swing when it plays at UTRGV at 12 p.m. MT Sunday.
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