Sept. 25, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- In the final non-conference game of the season, the University of New Mexico women's soccer team grabbed a 1-0 shutout over the University of Idaho Vandals Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex. Junior forward Kristine Sweat had the solo goal in the second half that propelled the Lobos to a 3-3-3 final non-conference record. Idaho drops to 2-6 on the season.
The Lobos dominated the first half, producing seven shots compared to Idaho's two. Idaho's goalkeeper Lindsay Smith was forced to make three saves while New Mexico's Kristen Winters made one.
In the second half, New Mexico had a corner kick opportunity come at the 58th minute mark. Junior forward Bridgette Sanchez sent in the cross that junior midfielder Kaela Kelly was able to head over to Sweat who was standing in the box. Sweat used some fancy foot work to tap the ball past the keeper. The goal was Sweat's third of the season and seventh career. Sanchez earned her second season assist while Kelly captured her third.
The shutout over the Vandals is New Mexico's fifth this season. Winters has four shutouts to her name, boosting her career record to 21 total.
The New Mexico squad will take one week off before entering the conference portion of its schedule. For their first Mountain West Conference game, the Lobos travel to Provo, Utah to face BYU on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. They will then meet Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 8. Game time for that match is also set for 7 p.m.
Quotes from UNM head coach Kit Vela on today's game: "We had character in the second half and that was what won the game. The first half was a little ugly, but we were able to come back and get the win."
on starting conference play: "Playing BYU and Utah will be a good way to start. Hopefully we can sort out our weaknesses during the off week and come back ready to play in the conference games."