Sept. 21, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. --- New Mexico women's soccer defeated Washington State, 1-0, Thursday night in the Pacific-10/Mountain West Conference Challenge in Seattle, Wash. The victory was the first over a Pac-10 opponent in the Vela era. The Lobos improved to 5-3-0 on the year, while WSU goes to 5-3-0.
"We played really well in the first half but the second half was a battle," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "This was truly a gutsy performance. The team came together and fought through adversity to win against a tough Pac-10 team."
UNM controlled the first period and set the tone for the match. The Lobos outshot WSU, 9-3, in the opening half but neither team could manage a goal. The match went to the break scoreless.
The Cougars came alive in the second half to challenge the Lobos but UNM held strong. The match remained scoreless until the 76th minute, when sophomore Asha Richardson scored her third goal of the year. Richardson scored from 17 yards out from the right side of the field. The game-winner was the first in her career.
Sophomore Shannon Adragna had her second shutout of the year. In 90 minutes of action, Adragna recorded three saves. Both teams had 13 shots in the match with the Lobos taking five on goal.
The Lobos face Washington Friday at 7 p.m. in the final match of the tournament. Complete coverage of UNM athletics can be found at www.GoLobos.com.