Sept. 2, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of Alabama women's soccer team pushed its way to a 1-0 victory over the University of New Mexico Friday night at the UNM Soccer Complex in the New Mexico Nike Classic. Defender Allison DeLisle headed in the lone goal for the Crimson Tide (2-0-0) in the first half off a free kick. Midfielder Hayley MacDonald had the assist.
The Lobos (0-1-1) were not without their chances as they outshot Alabama 22 to 15. Crimson Tide's goalkeepers Karen Lansden and Kara Gudmens were forced to make eight saves total in the game with Lansden making six and Gudmens the other two. New Mexico goalkeeper Kristen Winters' defense showed great support as she was only forced to make two saves.
DeLisle's header in the first half came at the 29th minute when Alabama was given a free kick after a Lobo foul was called. The senior defender jumped above the scrambling group and whipped the ball straight to the upper right corner of the goal.
Head coach Kit Vela said although the goal was made during a moment of disorganization on the Lobos' part, she was pleased how well the team continued to perform against a tough, experienced team like Alabama.
"We played well enough to win, said Vela. "We're definitely at a different level. As the game went on, we got better and we kept going. This is a great team this year and we're so close to making it happen. Teams like Alabama will prepare us for the future, for conference. They're a good, experienced team that comes from a tough conference. We were right there with them tonight. It's just a matter of us finishing our scoring opportunities."
New Mexico is back in action at the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. The Lobos face Eastern Washington in the last game of the home tournament. The Eagles (1-2-0) defeated Akron 2-0 in the earlier game on Friday.