Oct. 14, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- After 110 minutes of play, the University of New Mexico women's soccer team notched its fourth tie of the season with a 1-1 final against Mountain West Conference competitor San Diego State Friday evening at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Junior forward Kristine Sweat scored her sixth goal of the season mid way through the first half to put the Lobos (4-4-4, 1-1-1 MWC) on top first. She scored from 10 yards out after taking a loose ball in the midfield.
In the first half, New Mexico held the Aztecs (9-6-1, 1-1-1 MWC) to two shots while the Lobos produced six.
San Diego State came out aggressive in the second half, taking 12 shots compared to New Mexico's five. The equalizer came off a free kick at the 67th minute during a scramble in front of the net. The goal was scored off a New Mexico player's outstretched foot that was trying to clear the ball.
Seconds after the goal was scored, New Mexico's goalkeeper Kristen Winters was given a red card for a hand ball outside of the box and was forced to sit out for the rest of the game. Freshman Shannon Adragna, who was a redshirt last season, took over as keeper for UNM and the Lobos continued to play with 10 players on the field.
San Diego State tried to take advantage of the Lobos being one player down and having a new keeper between the posts, but UNM held strong through the rest of the second half and the eventual two overtimes.
New Mexico head coach Kit Vela said she was happy with the tie considering the amount of obstacles the Lobos had to face toward the end of the game, but wished the team had scored more goals when it had the chance.
"I thought we played well for the most part," said Vela. "We played well enough for it to be more than 1-0 at halftime. When you don't do the things you need to do, to put the ball in the back of the net, you let your opponent come back and that's what happened. I think we did the right things for the majority of the game, but you got to put your chances away or this is what happens."
New Mexico is back in action this Sunday at the UNM Soccer Complex where it will host conference foe UNLV at noon.