Sept. 19, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team dropped a 4-2 decision to the Fresno State Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs (2-3-1) improved to a 2-0 all-time series against UNM (3-4-0).
In the first half, Fresno State immediately jumped ahead with a goal from leading scorer Cortney Sobrero at the 1st minute mark. Heather Young was credited with the assist. At the 17th minute, New Mexico answered back with freshman Katelyn Ley's first goal of the season. Sophomore Brittany Emerson had the assist.
The Fresno State combo of Sobrero and Young returned at the 21st minute as Sobrero scored her second goal of the game from Young's pass from ten yards out of the left side of the field.
With more than 13 minutes left in the first half, New Mexico's sophomore Kaela Kelly was given a red card, leaving UNM with ten players on the field for the rest of the match. The Lobos held on strong for the remainder of the first half, keeping the score tight for the first 45 minutes of the game.
In the second half, Fresno State's Barbara Davis scored a goal in the 43rd minute off a cross from Andrea Alires. At the 77th mark, Sobrero scored her third and final goal of the game with a header off a cross from Regina Esparza.
Senior Coco D'Angelo scored UNM's second goal at the 79th minute with a shot from the middle, 5 yards out. Emerson and Alicia Lacovara were credited with the assist.
New Mexico's last attempt for a rally was not enough as the Bulldogs held the Lobos to a final 4-2 score.
"Even though we were a man down, I think it brought the team together in the second half," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We were a player down and our confidence was a little down, but we were able to score two goals with ten players. One of our strengths is that we have character and the team showed that by coming together after the red card. We just need to get back on track again and really come together as a team and go forward from there."
New Mexico travels to Missoula, Mont. next weekend where it will face Hawai'i on Friday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. (MDT) and Montana on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. (MDT).