Oct. 9, 2003
PROVO, Utah - The New Mexico women's soccer team (1-6-3) kicked off Mountain West Conference play this evening at BYU(9-3-1). The Lobos fell to the No. 17 Cougars 5-1.
BYU came on strong tonight, showing why they have won five consecutive MWC titles. The Cougars applied pressure from every angle to the New Mexico defense all night, allowing five different women to score. BYU outshot the Lobos 29-7 and attempted five corner kicks compared to none by New Mexico.
The scoring started just seven minutes into the game. New Mexico senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters deflected a shot by Cougar senior Lydia Ojuka but classmate Jennifer Fielding fired in the rebound for the early lead.
BYU built its lead to two in the 37th minute off of freshman Annie Zwahlen's fourth goal of the season.
Lobo freshman forward Kristine Sweat cut the deficit in half as she scored her second goal of the year against BYU's Natalie Evans right before the end of the period.
BYU came away from halftime determined to add insurance to their 2-1 lead. The first to score was senior Terra Bigelow, followed by junior Krissa Campbell. Sealing BYU's win was senior All-American Aleisha Rose who struck from 30 yards with a chip-shot that was assisted by freshmen Courtney Asay and Amberlea Anderson.
BYU's final two goals came in the 85th and 86th minutes of the game. Head coach Kit Vela was very pleased with the girls efforts in BYU. Vela said it was probably the best soccer they had played against BYU in her three years at UNM. The ailing Lobos were not only hampered by youth, but by injuries as well, having to pull two freshmen from their red-shirts to fill a defensive void.
New Mexico returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. when it travels to Salt Lake City to face the conference's top team, Utah.