Sept. 3, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. - Senior Coco D'Angelo and sophomore Kaela Kelly scored in the second half, giving New Mexico a 2-1 win over the Portland State Vikings on Friday afternoon in UNM's home-opener at the UNM Soccer Complex. Portland State (0-2-0) took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Jamie Blakesley in the 31st minute. The Lobos (2-1-0) struggled in the first half with only four shots, none of them on goal. In the second half, New Mexico took control of the game with two goals. D'Angelo scored the Lobos first goal on a cross kick from Kristine Sweat which she put in the back of the net at the 59th minute. Kelly scored on a header on a long pass just inside the midfield line from Samantha Sullivan in the 71st minute. New Mexico held the Vikings for the final 19 minutes of the game for the victory. "Obviously we showed a lot of character in the second half," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "Portland State is a good team. They give us trouble, they knock a lot of balls long, they're good and I'm sure they'll have a good season. There's a lot of heart and soul on our team. Hopefully this win with propel us into tomorrow's game." UNM returns to action tomorrow at the UNM Soccer Complex where it will face the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 1 p.m. (MDT).