Zia forward Megan Dozier tries to beat Colorado Christian goalkeeper Allison Cox in the first half of Friday’s game. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson)
By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers
PORTALES — Anna Funck said she felt pretty good going into Friday’s match against Colorado Christian.
Good thing for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team, too.
Funck, a junior midfielder from Amarillo, was involved in each of the Zias’ goals in a 3-2 win over the Cougars at the ENMU pitch.
Colorado Christian (1-3) probably outplayed Eastern for much of the match, but couldn’t overcome an 18-minute stretch of the of the first half in which the Zias (2-1), playing their home opener, took advantage of good opportunities to open a 3-0 lead.
Colorado Christian tallied twice in the closing minutes of the half, but was unable to penetrate the Zias’ defense the rest of the way. ENMU is now 6-1-1 at home since the beginning of the 2004 season.
Zias coach Travis McCorkle, whose team hosts Colorado State-Pueblo at noon on Sunday, said his team didn’t get many style points against the young but scrappy Cougars.
“Today was a little bit of a struggle, but we won,” he said. “We just need to do better next time.
“Hopefully, we learned some things from this game that we’ll be able to use on Sunday.”
Funck’s through pass found junior forward Megan Dozier, who beat Cougars goalkeeper Allison Cox from about 14 yards out with just over eight minutes gone. Funck then corralled a corner kick by teammate Nicole Bregler and scored from close range less than 2 1/2 minutes later before finding sophomore Kara Henderson in the middle for a point-blank tally in the 26th minute.
“I just felt ‘on’ today,” Funck said. “I felt pretty good. This is our home and we’re going to try and stay undefeated here if we can.”
Everything clicked in the first-half scoring run, Funck explained.
“I knew Megan was over there and I knew I could play a through ball to her,” she said of the first goal. “I knew Kara was open (on the third goal), and I thought I could get it to her.”
Sophomore Amy Holtman made her second start in two seasons in goal and, with the help of her defense, managed to hold off the Cougars in the second half. She got beat on a deflected shot with 6 1/2 minutes left in the half, and Colorado Christian pulled close when Alexia Price took a pass from Laura Leathers and punched it in about two minutes before halftime.
“They just didn’t let those three goals get them down,” Holtman said of the Cougars. “It was a test for us, for sure, to make sure we could stay composed and play smart on defense.
“The defense did their part in the second half. They didn’t give (Colorado Christian) much of a chance.”
McCorkle noted that it was the first time Holtman, who normally backs up sophomore Stephanie Sanchez, had played the entire 90 minutes.
“She had a couple of critical saves at the end,” he said. “I’m really pleased with her improvement from last year to this year.”
Third-year Colorado Christian coach Tammy Wishard said her team will be able to build on its strong comeback.
“I’m very proud of my girls for keeping their heads up,” she said. “We had a lot of opportunities in the second half. We were able to make it a game.”
ENMU men roll — In the second half of the doubleheader, the Greyhounds got two goals each from Bryan Jonas, Keith Vargas and Martin Gallegos in routing Collorado Christian 9-0.
The Hounds (1-2) led just 1-0 before Jonas added a pair of goals in the final seven minutes of the half.
ENMU thoroughly dominated the Cougars, holding Colorado Christian to just one shot on goal for the match.
ENMU 3, Colorado Christian 2
Colorado Christian 2 0 — 2
ENMU 3 0 — 3
ENM — Megan Dozier (Anna Funck), 8:16
ENM — Funck, 10:23
ENM — Kara Henderson (Funck), 25:44
CCU — Kim Secrest (Alexia Price), 38:34
CCU — Price (Laura Leathers), 43:00
Shots on goal — Colorado Christian 7, Eastern New Mexico 8. Corner kicks — Colorado Christian 5, Eastern New Mexico 5. Saves — Colorado Christian 5 (Allison Cox 5), Eastern New Mexico 4 (Amy Holtman 4). Fouls — Colorado Christian 3, Eastern New Mexico 8. Records — Colorado Christian 1-3-0, Eastern New Mexico 2-1-0. A — 50.
ENMU 9, Colorado Christian 0
Colorado Christian 0 0 — 0
ENMU 3 6 — 9
ENM — Ryan Atkinson (Rob Humphrey), 4:21
ENM — Bryan Jonas (Jonathan Holman), 38:56
ENM — Jonas (Humphrey), 44:41
ENM — Keith Vargas (Rhen Salas), 54:26
ENM — Vargas (Andrew Perez, Brian Schonberger), 63:55
ENM — Jared Morris (Schoenberger), 71:00
ENM — Martin Gallegos, 71:22
ENM — Schonberger (Morris), 74:52
ENM — Gallegos, 85:38
Shots on goal — Colorado Christian 1, Eastern New Mexico 10. Corner kicks — Colorado Christian 2, Eastern New Mexico 3. Saves — Colorado Christian none, Eastern New Mexico 1 (Leif Craddock 1). Fouls — Colordo Christian 6, Eastern New Mexico 8. Records — Colorado Christian 1-3, Eastern New Mexico 1-2. A — 130.
ENMU runners compete — At Canyon, Texas, Eastern New Mexico University finished second in men’s competition and third in women’s standings on Friday in the season-opening Buffalo Stampede cross country meet, hosted by West Texas A&M.
Angelo State took both team titles, edging ENMU by three points (26-29) for men’s honors. The Rams and Greyhounds were the only full men’s team in the field.
Angelo took the top two spots in the four-mile men’s race, while ENMU’s Felix Boit and Jason Garcia finished third and fourth with times of 22 minutes, 5 seconds.
Angelo scored 29 points to 45 for WT and 64 for Eastern in women’s competition. Sophomore Joyce Doan had the Zias’ best finish, coming in sixth in 21:12 over five kilometers.
Friday at Canyon, Texas
Men (4 miles, 24 runners)
Team standings: 1. Angelo State 26; 2. Eastern New Mexico 29; NS. Oklahoma Panhandle State, West Texas A&M.
Individual winner: Trent Joseph, Angelo State 21:30.
ENMU results: 3. Felix Boit 22:05; 4. Jason Garcia 22:05; 6. Derek Henio 22:29; 7. Orlando Sanchez 22:42; 9. Mike Thomas 23:05; 12. Brent Almand 23:36; 13. Gillie Lopez 23:48.; 16. Kennedy Baiywo 24:26; 17. Jacob Wiklund 24:32; 22. Joey Furlong 28:27.
Women (5K, 33 runners)
Team standings: 1. Angelo State 29; 2. West Texas A&M 45; 3. Eastern New Mexico 64; 4. Southwestern Oklahoma 83; 5. Oklahoma Panhandle State 137.
Individual winner: Trista McIntyre, Angelo State 19:05.
ENMU results: 5. Joyce Doan 21:12; 9. Stacy Salazar 21:42; 14. Melissa Clark 22:28; 17. Laura Shorty 23:08; 18. Lynnae Chavez 23:09; 22. Monica Jasso 23:40; 24. Miranda Vaca 23:55; 30. Lisa Lopez 26:20.
Volleyball — ENMU fell to 0-2 for the season on Friday night with a 30-18, 30-17, 35-33 loss to New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Arena.
Audra Williams led the Cowgirls (4-1) with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Christina Carle and Nikki Reveling each had 10 kills.
For the Zias, senior middle blocker Lindsay Schiely recorded 11 kills.
New Mexico Highlands 3, ENMU 0
NM Highlands 30 30 35
ENMU 18 17 33
Kills — New Mexico Highlands, Audra Williams 12, Christina Carle 10, Nikki Reveling 10. Eastern New Mexico, Lindsay Schiely 11, Amber Davis 6. Block solos — New Mexico Highlands, Jessica Mumma 1. Eastern New Mexico, Grace George 2, Kathryn McConnell 1. Block assists — New Mexico Highlands, Mumma 3, Reveling 2. Eastern New Mexico, Davis 3, Kristi Britain 2, Schiely 2. Digs — New Mexico Highlands, Lauren Noriega 20, Williams 10. Eastern New Mexico, Wortman 10, McConnell 8. Aces — New Mexico Highlands, Noriega 3, Williams 3. Eastern New Mexico, George 2, three tied with 1. Assists — New Mexico Highlands, Amber Pohl 28. Eastern New Mexico, McConnell 20. T — 1:35. A — 523. Records — New Mexico Highlands 4-1, Eastern New Mexico 0-2.