Oct. 11, 2003
Salt Lake City, Utah - Utah (11-2, 2-0 MWC) needed overtime to down the united New Mexico women's soccer team 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Ute Field in Salt Lake City. Amber Brower's scored the game-winning goal 2:30 into the first overtime period.
Brower took the ball off of a rebound as the Utes pressured Lobo goalkeeper Kristen Winters early in the first overtime period. Brower took the shot from eight yards out and placed it into the lower left side of the net for the game winner.
New Mexico (1-7-3, 0-2 MWC) shocked Utah with its play for the entire regulation. The Lobos played together, giving everything they had. Despite the shot totals, UNM was in control of the game during the first 90 minutes. The Lobos had plenty of opportunities to score but couldn't find the back of the net.
Winters made eight saves and helped stave off some scoring opportunities for Utah in the final six minutes. Tracy Stratton was unable to put in a header off of a corner kick with 5:40 to play. Missy Dennis had the ball taken away from her in front of the goal and was unable to get a shot off with 4:55 left.
Even though New Mexico ends the weekend 0-2, head coach Kit Vela was pleased with the young Lobos play. The women are improving as a team and overcoming their youth and multiple injuries. Facing the top two teams in the Mountain West and taking one into overtime shows New Mexico is on its way up.
New Mexico returns home after six consecutive road games for Stuff the Stadium night. The Lobos host Wyoming Friday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. All tickets are just one dollar. The women also host Colorado College on Sunday at noon.