Sept. 10, 2003
It hasn't taken freshman forward Kristine Sweat long to make an impact on the women's soccer team. She scored her first collegiate goal in the 78th minute of her first collegiate game. As a matter of fact, she has scored the Lobos only goal this season. She is tied for tenth in the Mountain West Conference for goals scored and has taken twice as many shots (7) as any other member of the Lobos' team.
But that is why she is here. Head coach Kit Vela expected this from Sweat and that is why she recruited her. As for Sweat, she never expected to start, let alone make an impact.
"There are so many players [on the team] and everyone in really good," Sweat said. "I was very surprised and excited [to find out she was starting at forward for the Lobos.] I have worked my butt off for this starting spot."
Sweat in correct. There are a lot of good players on the Lobos this year. Eighteen women return from last year's 12-8-1team that finished third in the conference for the regular season and advanced to the MWC tournament championship game, losing to three-time champion BYU.
Even though the women are 0-2-1 this season, the record does not reflect to how well they are playing and the level of competition they have faced.
"[The season has started] pretty well," Sweat said. "We are playing very tough teams and in most of those games we have outplayed the other team."
"We have a lot of freshman on the field," Sweat said. "We are going to get tremendously better with each game we play, individually and as a team. We just need confidence in ourselves. We are a good team and now we need to start proving it."