September 12, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Defenses were on display Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex as the University of New Mexico and the University of Northern Colorado women's soccer teams battled to a 0-0 tie in double overtime.
The Lobos (0-2-2) came out firing to start the game and kept the ball in Northern Colorado's half of the field for most of the half. Junior midfielder Rachael Addison missed giving New Mexico the early lead. Her attempt less than two minutes into the game off a corner kick from junior midfielder LeAnne Hendren rolled just left of the goal.
The Lobos had two more prime opportunities in the first half. One came in the ninth minute of play when Hendren's break away shot was saved by Bear's goalie Shanna Swinehart, as well as junior forward Coco D'Angelo's bicycle kick attempt three minutes later. Northern Colorado was outshot 12-2 in the first.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with the Bear's being outshot 13-7. Junior goalie Kristen Winters made two of her four saves in the second, proving why she was named the Mountain West Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in 2002. Her first stop came in the 71st minute when Bear's forward Kady Hydrick fired in a shot that deflected off Winters. It bounced back onto the field leading Winters and Hydrick racing for the ball with Winters diving on top of it to finally gain control. Winters again made a diving grab on a Hydrick shot at the 80:00 minute mark.
The defenses wouldn't rest in both periods of overtime. New Mexico got off six shots combines while Northern Colorado only managed two.
For the game, New Mexico unleashed 31 shots against the Bear's defense while Northern Colorado got off 11 shots. Both teams struggled with accuracy as UNM recorded 12 shots on goal and UNC finished with four. Addison led the Lobos' offense firing 10 shots in the game. D'Angelo and freshman midfielder Bridgette Sanchez had five attempts apiece.
New Mexico will shoot for its first win of the season on Sunday when it hosts No. 16 Colorado at the UNM Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for noon.