Sept. 7, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer dropped an overtime thriller to No. 8 Texas, 2-1, Thursday night in the home opener at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos took an early lead in the fourth minute on a goal by senior Kristine Sweat, her fourth of the year, but could not hold on falling in a heartbreaker to the Longhorns. UNM drops to 3-2 overall with the loss, while UT moves to 3-1.
"This was a great game," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We matched them well and we were a handful for them. The girls have a lot to hold their heads high about. It was a good lesson for us because it will help us get to that next level in conference. Texas has some special players and both teams played well. We have to regroup and get ready for Purdue on Sunday because they will be another strong opponent."
The Lobos struck first in the match and carried the momentum into halftime. Sweat scored the only goal for UNM on a shot from 25 yards from the right side of the field. The shot was out of the reach of UT goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger and found the net in the upper left corner. Senior Bridgette Sanchez collected the assist, after feeding Sweat for the goal. UNM held strong defensively for the rest of the opening period and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
The Longhorns quickly tied the game in the 51st minute on a goal by Carrie Schmit. Schmit put in a rebound from inside the box to score, with the assist going to Amy Burlingham. The goal was Schmits first of the year.
UNM sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Adragna made a game saving save with just over six minutes remaining in the match. Burlingham had a one-on-one with Adragna but failed to find the net. Adragna made a diving stop to save the Lobos.
Both teams battled for the remainder of the second period but neither could score. In the first overtime, UT scored the game-winner in the 94th minute. Ashley Foster came through for the Longhorns on a long shot from 40 yards out on the far right side of the field. The shot was just over the gloves of Adragna and sealed the victory of UT.
UNM returns to action Sun., Sept. 10 against Purdue at 10:30 a.m. It will be the second meeting with the Boilermakers and the first in New Mexico. For more information about Lobo soccer visit www.GoLobos.com.