Cowgirls climb to .500 in RMAC

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Highlands’ women’s soccer team kept the pressure on Western State’s defense in recording a 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

The Cowgirls, who squared their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record at 3-3, were credited with 13 shots on goal while allowing just one.

Crystal Schuder and Andrea Duke each tallied their third goals of the season for NMHU (5-3-2 overall).

Schuder scored about a half hour into the contest, using a header off a cross from the right side. Alyssa Saucedo and Nicole Millar were credited with assists.

The score remained 1-0 until Duke took a pass from Grace Thompson to get a goal at the 67:40 mark.

Western State goalkeeper Meghan Jedrzejewski came up with 11 saves in 90 minutes of work. By contrast, her Highlands counterpart Kayla Clarke had one, stopping a shot on goal by Sadie Stark.

Duke led the Cowgirls with four shots on goal and six shots overall. Schuder and Allison Jordan had two shots on goal apiece.

The Mountaineers fell to 4-5-1.

Highlands and coach Justin Wagar also have the next two matches at Perkins Stadium, where they are 4-1-1 this fall.

They host Adams State at 7 p.m. Friday, then entertain Fort Lewis at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Western New Mexico continues to enjoy superiority in the intrastate volleyball rivalry with New Mexico Highlands. The Mustangs (10-3 overall, 3-2 RMAC) swept the Cowgirls (7-8, 1-5) on Friday night at the Wilson Complex to stay on the top half of the league standings.

Angelina Pulu led all players with 15 kills and a .361 attack percentage to go with a dozen digs for WNMU. Bobbi Bayer added 13 kills and Kaysee Pilgrim had nine.

Highlands’ Marina Samoa paced her side with 11 kills and hit .292, and she also had a team-best 15 digs. Darian Mullen added nine kills. Tarissa Mellin had 19 assists, and onetime Robertson standout Jazmine Harge was involved in four blocks.

Game scores were 25-21, 25-21, 25-19.

NMHU and coach Bryan Crawford will host three RMAC foes this week — Regis, Metro State and Colorado-Colorado Springs — in matches Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.