Sept. 23, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - New Mexico women's soccer tied UTEP, 2-2, Sunday in the 8th Annual Border Shootout Championship held at University Field. The Lobos scored two early goals but battled the Miners to a draw despite playing down a player for the final 66 minutes. UNM moves to 4-2-2 overall and UTEP goes to 6-2-1 on the year.
"I was proud of the character of our players in a hostile environment, playing for over 65 minutes with a player down," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "Anyone who was at the game knows how it really went and that is all I care about."
Senior Terryn Granados found the net less than 40 seconds into the match on a cross from freshman Jennifer Nielsen. Nielsen's pass slipped through the Miner defense and found Granados for the easy goal.
In the third minute, UNM freshman Alexis Ball blocked a clearing attempted by the UTEP goalkeeper Jessica Salvi and fired a shot into the net. The goal was her second of the year and the second for New Mexico in the first five minutes of play.
UTEP cut the deficit in half in the 15th minute, when Tameka Sumter scored after blocking clearing attempt by Lobo keeper Shannon Adragna. Sumter blocked the ball and collected it then fired a shot into an open net.
With two minutes remaining in the opening period, freshman Katie McKernan received a red card. UNM held a 2-1 halftime lead despite playing the final minutes with 10 players.
The Lobos and Miners countered attacks for the majority of the second half until the 81st minute, when Kristin Wernimont scored the game-trying goal. Wernimont scored off a rebounded shot from Anoop Josan.
UNM forced the action in the final 10 mintues but could not find the net. The Lobos made some key defensive plays in the second period to secure overtime.
In the first overtime, UNM tried to put the match away with a golden goal firing a shot. UTEP had four shots in the first overtime.
Adragna and New Mexico were big defensively in the final overtime. Senior Terryn Granados had one of the best scoring opportunities for the Lobos after firing a shot from 35 yards out that nearly skipped away from the UTEP keeper. However, both teams failed to score in the final period and the match ended in a draw.
UTEP outshot the Lobos, 21-12 however both teams only had four shots on goal. The fouls were lopsided with UNM being called for a new school record 32, while the home town Miners only had 10. Despite the physical play, the Lobos held strong defensively forcing the tie.
The Lobos return to action Tuesday against Arizona State at the UNM Soccer Complex. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. and will be covered live via all-access on www.GoLobos.com.