Oct. 21, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's soccer battled No. 16 BYU to a double overtime 1-1 draw in the final home game of the regular-season. The Lobos put together a strong effort against the Cougars on Senior Day and tied their fourth match of the year. UNM moves to 7-6-4 this year and 1-2-3 in the Mountain West Conference. BYU goes to 12-2-3 overall and 3-1-2 in the conference play.
"We played well today for a 110 minutes and we did a lot of things right," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "BYU is a very good team and we fought hard and played well. We had a lot of players come up big on both ends and that was a big factor. We look forward to finishing up the season next Friday against Air Force."
The Lobos scored first and controlled the opening period. UNM outshot the Cougars in the first half, 7-5, and continued to find scoring opportunities. Junior Terryn Granados found the net in the 31st minute on an assist from free kick. Junior Amber Wetsch took the free kick and sent the ball to senior Bridgette Sanchez, who found Granados for the goal. The goal was her second of the year and proved to be enough as the Lobos took a 1-0 halftime lead.
BYU responded in the second period applying heavy pressure on the UNM defense. The Lobos faced 11 shots from the Cougars in the half allowing the game-tying goal in the 64th minute by Katie Larkin. Despite allowing the goal, the defensive back line consisting of seniors Alanna Abeyta and Ashley Lowery along with Wetsch and sophomore Krista Peterson held strong.
UNM sophomore keeper Shannon Adragna was stellar in the net. Adragna had six saves in 110 minutes, while commanding the defense under pressure.
It was the seventh overtime match of the year for UNM. The Cougars managed to out shoot the Lobos 19-10 and had six corner kicks compared to four by UNM. The Lobos also had six shots on goal.
UNM honored its seven seniors Saturday night in its final match of the year at the UNM Soccer Complex. Abeyta and Lowery along with fellow seniors Kellee Hafner, Kaela Kelly, Eryn Paetz, Bridgette Sanchez and Kristine Sweat here all recognized for their dedication and hard work over the last four years.
The Lobos season finale is next Friday night against Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. The match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with complete results being posted at www.GoLobos.com.