Sept. 4, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. ---- University of New Mexico women's soccer scored three second half goals to defeat UC-Irvine 3-0 Monday in the UNLV adidas Classic. The Lobos shutout the Anteaters and moved to 3-1-0 on the year. Senior Kristine Sweat scored the game-winner in the 62nd minute, while sophomore Asha Richardson and freshman Markee Nobriga added insurance goals for the Lobos. UNM won both games over the weekend and matched its best start since the 2004 season.
"We played okay in the first half but made adjustments at halftime," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We came out strong in the second period and played with confidence. We made better decisions and had a desire to win. We were able to stay focused and make plays."
UNM had scoring opportunities in the first half and was led by senior Kaela Kelly. Kelly orchestrated the offense but to many unforced turnovers held the Lobos to one shot in the first 45 minutes. UNM and UCI went into the break scoreless.
Sweat broke the tie with her third goal of the season in the 62nd minute on an assist from Kelly. Senior Bridgette Sanchez drilled a corner kick to Kelly, who found Sweat for the goal. Sweat managed to slip the ball past the goalkeeper on a shot from five yards out to the left post.
UNM continue to apply pressure offensively and took advantage of another corner kick. Sanchez sent the corner kick to junior Terryn Granados, who crossed the ball to sophomore Asha Richardson for the goal in the 74th minute. The goal was Richardson's first of the season and extended the UNM lead to 2-0.
The final goal for the Lobos came in 84th minute. Sophomore Krista Peterson took the corner kick and Nobriga headed the ball past the defense and into the net. The goal was her first of her collegiate career.
UNM outshot the Anteaters 8-4 and have outshot their opponents in every game this year. The Lobos scored three goals on three corner kicks in the match to seal the victory.
The Lobos are scheduled to host Texas in the home opener Thurs., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The match will be held at the UNM Soccer Complex and it will be the third all-time meeting between the Lobos and Longhorns. For more information about Lobo soccer visit www.GoLobos.com.