Oct. 19, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico senior Bridgette Sanchez scored the game-winner Thursday to help the UNM women's soccer team down San Diego State, 2-0, at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos outshot the Aztecs, 13-12, to dominated the match and win its first Mountain West Conference match. UNM moves to 7-6-3 with the victory and 1-2-2 in conference play. SDSU falls to 6-8-2 and 2-1-2 in the MWC.
"San Diego State is a very good team and we proved that we can compete with some of the top teams in our conference," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "Today was a tribute to our older players, who buckled down and played hard. Bridgette's goal was a big relief for us because we've been playing well but haven't found the net. We had a strong effort on both sides today and we're happy with the outcome."
The game-winner by Sanchez came in the 39th minute on an assist by senior Kristine Sweat. Sanchez, who scored her fourth goal of the year, took the shot from five yards out from the right post. UNM held a 1-0 advantage heading into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Lobos forced SDSU into an own goal in the 54th minute of the match making it, 2-0. Junior Katelyn Ley crossed a ball to Sweat who pressured the Aztecs into an own goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna came up big in the net for the Lobos. Adragna recorded four saves, including two one-on-one saves in the second half. The shutout was Adragna's fifth of the year and helped UNM win its first conference match.
The Lobos had 13 shots against the Aztecs with nine on goal. In the first half, UNM took 10 shots with multiple scoring opportunities. The Lobos only had three corner kicks in the match compared to five by SDSU.
UNM hosts No. 16 BYU Saturday at 5 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex. The match is the home finale and will be Senior Day for the Lobos. The Senior Day presentation will take play prior start of the match. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.