Sept. 19, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State got the better of New Mexico in the final minutes of the game Friday night, winning 1-0 at Lower Soccer Field.
The young Lobos fought hard the entire game against the mature and experience Cougars. Washington State fired seven shots in the first half at junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters and the rest of the New Mexico defense. The Lobos held their ground and shut out Washington State in the first half.
In the second half, the Cougars came out firing again but the Lobo defense wouldn't rest. WSU senior midfielder Kim Morgan had a point-blank shot from 18 yards out just 17 minutes into the half. Winters managed to get her finger tips on the shot, pushing the ball up and deflecting it off the crossbar. UNM freshman defender Ashley Lowery cleared the ball from the backfield.
Cougars' forward Cailan McCutchan scored her first career goal and the game-winning goal in the 78th minute. McCutchan took the feed from WSU's Christie Spear who was waiting at the top of the box and shot it over Winters into the upper-left hand corner of the goal.
The Lobos increased their intensity but fell just short due to some incredible plays made by Cougars' goalkeeper Katie Hultin. Hultin leaped up over one of her own defenders and two Lobo forwards in the 89th minute to punch out a ball that was being served to the top of the box.
The Lobos fall to 0-4-2 on the season while Washington State improves to 3-4-0.
New Mexico returns to action Sunday in Moscow, Ida. The Lobos face off against Idaho at 11 a.m. P.D.T.