Aug. 29, 2004
West Lafayette, Ind. - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team hung tough in the final match of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup against tournament host Purdue today in West lafayette, Ind., but fell 3-0 to place second in its first tournament of the season. Lobo players Brittany Emerson, Ashley Lowery and Kristen Winters were recognized on the all-tournament team. The Lobos (1-1) were competitive against a powerful Purdue (2-0) team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 at the 2003 NCAA Tournament, as they limited the Boilermakers to one goal for the first 85 minutes of the game. Seeking a chance to score, UNM took a few risks which allowed Purdue to score two late goals on the young Lobos. "We were right with them up until the last five minutes," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We gambled a little to score some goals and we were unable to take advantage of our opportunities. The game was a good lesson for us." Purdue's first goal came in the 31st minute off a free kick from Kristin Lichtenberg. The second goal came in the 85th minute from Parrissa Eyorokon and the third goal came in the 86th minute from Rebecca Robison. UNM goalkeeper Winters had two saves in the game and the Lobo defense had one team save. New Mexico's offense matched the Boilermakers for most of the game with nine shots, including four on goal. Despite the loss, UNM got its season off to a great start, splitting a pair of challenging road games over the weekend. New Mexico is off to its best start since opening the 2000 season with a 2-0 record. The Lobos are back at the UNM Soccer Complex next weekend for their first home matches of the season. UNM faces Portland State on Friday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. (MDT) and Texas Tech on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. (MDT). UNM HEAD COACH KIT VELA'S THOUGHTS ON THE GAME (vs. Purdue): "Purdue is a good team. There is a reason why they went to the Sweet 16 last year. They are very aggressive. The nice thing about the game is that at any given time we only had one junior or senior on the field. We played well and we are growing and maturing. The team is excited about coming home and playing these next two games."