Sept. 6, 2003
IRVINE, Calif. - The New Mexico women's soccer team tied UC-Irvine 0-0 Friday night after 110:00 minutes of play.
"It was a gallant effort," said head coach Kit Vela. "It (the game) was ugly and they defended for their lives."
"They (UC-Irvine) threw everything in the kitchen sink at them and they fought hard the entire game," Vela said. "We are really proud (of the Lobo women). They did everything in their power to keep the ball away from the net."
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters made six saves for the Lobos on 14 total shots by the Anteaters, including 10 in the second half. The Anteaters outshot New Mexico 14-6. The Lobos had only one shot on goal.
"They are probably one of the most direct teams in the county," Vela said. "We struggled trying to find a rhythm against them."
Leading the Lobos offense, junior Clare Pollock took two shots, one on goal.
"We started with four freshman again," Vela said. "We have three very good potential midfielders that only saw the ball when we had control and sought them out, otherwise it was always shot over their heads."
With the tie, New Mexico stands at 0-1-1 overall while UC-Irvine moves to 2-1-1.
The Lobos end play in the Nike Classic Tournament on Sunday at 11 a.m., facing off against Cal State-Fullerton.