Oct. 8, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team never counted itself out as it came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game against Utah in the middle of the second half, but the Utes (9-5-0, 2-0-0 Mountain West Conference) were able to pull out the last goal of the night to edge the Lobos (4-4-3, 1-1 MWC) 3-2.
Utah's Adele Letro opened the scoring in the 37th minute. She made a quick move, got within five yards and slotted the ball into the lower left side of the net for her sixth goal of the season.
In the 50th minute, Utah expanded its lead with a second goal from Amanda Feigt. Letro sent a long pass to Feigt, who shot from 15 yards away and forced Lobo keeper Kristen Winters make a play on the ball. Feigt pounced on the rebound off Winters in front of the net for the score.
Instead of retreating, New Mexico answered back with a huge offensive surge of its own. Sophomore midfielder Anna Neu connected with junior forward Bridgette Sanchez, who sent a five-yard shot past outstretched Ute keeper Ashley Mason at the 62:20 mark. It was Sanchez's second goal of the season and Neu's first career assist.
The Lobos continued its attack 12 seconds later with the tying goal. Junior forward Kristine Sweat snatched the ball from Amanda Sanchez in the midfield, dribbled to just outside the box and fired a 25-yard blast over Mason to collect her fifth goal of the season.
Utah was not finished though on its end as it scored the decisive goal off a free kick. Katy Reineke set up on the left side of the field and had her cross knocked out by the Lobos to Feigt, who was left unmarked. Feigt lobbed a 20-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net to give the Utes the win.
The Lobos had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks but were outshot 9-7.
New Mexico returns home to host conference games with San Diego State and UNLV. The Lobos will face the Aztecs on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. and the Rebels on Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon.
Quotes from UNM Head Coach Kit Vela on tonight's game: "We played well, but we underestimate ourselves. We're a good team, but we need to start believing it. We had good moments and our two goals were outstanding. We handed them (Utah) the third goal. I'm proud though with how we played this week. We just need to work on our confidence."