Nov. 1, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- #4 seed New Mexico (8-6-5) tied #5 seed San Diego State (6-11-3) 1-1, in double-overtime Wednesday evening in game two of the Mountain West Conference Soccer Championship held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Lobos advanced to the semifinal round on penalty kicks, 4-3. New Mexico will face #1 seed and 10th-ranked Utah tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
"We had a lot of players who didn't want to walk away disappointed," noted New Mexico head coach Kit Vela. "Us having seniors on the field was a huge benefit. I think tomorrow will be a good matchup and we need to get over the high of winning tonight and prepare for tomorrow."
Regulation ended with the teams tied at one goal apiece. The first overtime passed with the same result. With just over a minute remaining in the first extra period, San Diego State committed a foul just inside the box. The Lobos' Hannah Hand took the free kick, but Burson make a strong save, sending the game into the second overtime. Neither team capitalized on its chances and the game was decided by penalty kicks.
"It was a really close game," said San Diego State head coach Mike Giuliano. "It was appropriate that it ended in penalty kicks."
The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, with San Diego State holding an 8-2 shot advantage. In the 63rd minute (62:45), Ley broke open the 0-0 tie with her third goal of the season. She collected a pass to the right side and slid it past Aztec goalkeeper Cat Burson for a 1-0 lead.
The Aztecs retaliated less than seven minutes later (69:19) when Erika Sutton took a hard shot on goal. Her blast rebounded off New Mexico goalkeeper Shannon Adragna in front of the net. Sutton deflected the pass and put the ball in the back of the net to even the score, 1-1.
With the win, New Mexico advances to play #1 Utah at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.