September 14, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss to No. 16 Colorado on Sunday afternoon. Coming off its double overtime tie with Northern Colorado on Friday night, New Mexico (0-3-2) fought hard before falling to the well-rested Colorado (4-1-0) team which had not played since Tuesday, September 9.
The defenses for both New Mexico and Colorado gave an outstanding performance the entire game. Lobos' junior goalie Kristen Winters and Buffaloes' goalie Jessica Keller each made four saves on the afternoon. New Mexico's defense held the Buffaloes to 11 shots while Colorado's defense held the Lobos to nine.
Colorado's Kathryn Grandinetti scored the only goal of the game at the 16:54 mark, firing in the unassisted shot. The Lobos' offense had a chance to tie the game in the 23rd minute when freshman forward Kristine Sweat fed the ball to junior forward Coco D'Angelo. D'Angelo was only five yards from the goal when Colorado's defense made the incredible stop.
The defenses never rested in the second half with both teams making miraculous plays. Junior midfielder Rachael Addison's shot in the 65th minute looked like it was going to sail into the goal just above Keller's head when she just got a glove on the ball and tipped it up over the crossbar. Three seconds later D'Angelo took the cornerkick, serving the ball perfectly to Sweat. Sweat headed the ball toward the goal but Keller again made an amazing grab to prevent the Lobos from scoring.
"We played well today," head coach Kit Vela said. "There is nothing to feel down about. We just have to put the ball in the back of the net."
New Mexico returns to the road for the next month. They travel to face Washington State this Friday and Idaho on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. P.D.T. and noon M.D.T., respectively.