Nov. 5, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY, Colo. - In the second quarterfinal match of the 2003 Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Championship, the sixth-seeded New Mexico Lobos upset the third-seeded Cowgirls from the University of Wyoming, 2-1, in double overtime.
Cowgirl freshman defender Kristin Stangl opened the scoring in the 68th-minute with her goal off of a penalty kick, to give Wyoming the 1-0 advantage.
The Lobos struck back in the 77th-minute of the match when sophomore Kellisha Rendell took in a deflected shot and knocked it in from 15 yards out, tying the score at one apiece.
After 30 minutes of scoreless action between the two teams, junior forward Coco D'Angelo secured the win for New Mexico, knocking in a shot off the far post, on a pass from senior midfielder Erchen Theys in the sixth minute of the second extra period.
The Lobos outshot the Cowgirls 15-9. Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters made five saves in 106:29 minutes while Wyoming keeper Lori Scheider stopped seven shots on goal.
In New Mexico history, the one goal allowed today brings the Lobos' total goals allowed figure to eight in five postseason games under Vela. However, BYU scored five of those goals in one game in 2002.
Under head coach Kit Vela, New Mexico improves to 3-2 in post season conference action. Vela is the winningest coach in the conference tournament with a 3-2 record in just three years. In fact, she has more conference tournament wins than her two predecessors, Amy Allman (1-1) and John DeWitt (0-4).
New Mexico improved to 3-11-4 this season with the win and will advance to the MWC semifinals. The Lobos will play BYU, in a rematch of last season's MWC Tournament championship match, in the first semifinal contest on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.