Sept. 11, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team ended the UNM Classic on a high note as it defeated the Syracuse Orange, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex to capture its second win of the season. The Lobos improve to 2-1-2 on the season while Syracuse drops to 1-5-0.
Junior forward Kristine Sweat scored the first goal of the game at the 11th minute mark in the first half. The shot from Sweat was lofted perfectly over the keeper from 29 yards out to give the Concord, Calif. native her first season goal.
In the second half, the Lobos came out on fire against the Orange, playing aggressive for every ball and keeping the defense tight. The second goal came at 77:30 when New Mexico junior midfielder Kaela Kelly made a fearless diving header off a brilliantly placed cross from sophomore midfielder Katelyn Ley in the middle of the box. It was Kelly's first goal of the season.
The scoring flood gates had not quite closed as UNM's Sweat came back for seconds with a goal at the 81st minute. Sweat was supported by one touch passing from Ley and forward Bridgette Sanchez. Sweat connected with Sanchez from the left side of the box and tapped it pass Syracuse's diving keeper. Both Ley and Sanchez were credited with the assist.
New Mexico ends the UNM Classic with a 1-0-1 record after battling to a scoreless tie against Auburn on Friday night. Several Lobos made the All-Classic Team with Sweat earning Co-Offensive MVP honors along side Arizona State's midfielder Manya Makoski. New Mexico's Alanna Abeyta and Ashley Lowery were honored with Co-Defensive MVP titles and Lobo senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was named MVP for her efforts at keeper. Kelly, Sanchez and junior midfielder Eryn Paetz were also recognized on the All-Classic Team.
The Lobos hit the road next weekend with two matches in Tucson, Ariz. New Mexico faces Cal State Fullerton Friday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. and Arizona on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
Quotes from Head coach Kit Vela on today's game: "I thought we played very average in the first half. We just couldn't pick it up a notch. It was a great goal by Kristine in the first half, but overall, the half itself just didn't feel good. I think in the second half, the players weren't happy with the first half so they just picked it up to a different level. That's the way we're capable of playing."
(thoughts on next weekend's road games): "We play two very good teams next weekend. We're excited to play these kinds of teams. We're looking to grow from these games. Fullerton and Arizona will bring different dynamics to the game and we're happy about that."
New Mexico Kristine Sweat F
Arizona State Manya Makoski MF
New Mexico Kristen Winters
Arizona State Brittany Cooper MF
Arizona State Stephanie Ebner D
Arizona State Lauren Niblett F
Auburn Rhonda Burks D
Auburn Ashley Eason D
Syracuse Kaitlin Lamothe MF