Aug. 27, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.-The University of New Mexico women's soccer team kicked off the season with a convincing 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats today at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind. Sophomore Kristine Sweat and freshman Jordan Johnson each scored goals in the second half for New Mexico (1-0) while goalkeeper Kristen Winters had two saves. Johnson headed in a kick from sophomore defender Eryn Paetz off a corner kick opportunity in the 53rd minute for the Lobos' game-winning goal. Sweat gave the Lobos a 2-0 lead after scoring with just under three minutes to go in the second half. Freshman Katelyn Ley earned the assist. Winters played the full 90 minutes and made saves on the only two shots on goal she faced. She had solid support from her defensive line of Alanna Abeyta, Samantha Sullivan, Paetz and Ashley Lowery which helped limit the Bearcats (0-1) to eight shots. Cincinnati goalkeepers Tracy Hale and Sherry Slye were forced to make three saves each. The Lobo offense displayed obvious improvements from last year. In 2003, UNM did not score its second goal until the seventh game of the season. New Mexico had an 18-8 advantage in shots and 8-2 in shots on goal over Cincinnati. UNM opened its season with a win for the first time in four years. The Lobos won their 2000 season-opener against Southwest Texas State at the UNM Soccer Complex. New Mexico's last season-opening victory on the road was in 1997, a 3-1 win at Texas Tech. The Lobos return to tournament competition on Sunday, August 30 when they face Purdue at 2 p.m. (MDT).