Aug. 26, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team battled through two overtimes with the University of Montana tonight at the UNM Soccer Complex to end their season opener in a scoreless tie.
In the first half, the Lobos (0-0-1) put great pressure on the Grizzlies (0-0-1). Junior forward Kristine Sweat and sophomore midfielder Katelyn Ley had several good looks in the box and sophomore midfielder Anna Neu took a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off the cross bar.
Montana was only able to get five shots off in the first half. Lobo senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters had a huge save at the 17 minute mark when Montana's Britta Bourne sent a hard shot through a scramble in front of the goal. Winters had three saves during the game and notched her 18th career shutout.
In the second half, New Mexico outshot Montana nine to seven. Freshman forward Asha Richardson had an open look after beating out a Montana defender, but Montana's keeper Sarah Braseth was able to tip the high shot back over the goal.
Both overtimes had less action in front of the goals as Montana had one shot in each overtime and New Mexico had none. Freshman forward Hannah Hand almost had the game-winning goal with four minutes left in the first overtime, but the goal was called back after a foul was called on the Lobos.
The last time the Lobos opened the season with a tie after two overtimes was in head coach Kit Vela's first season in 2001. New Mexico tied Colgate 1-1.
The Lobos are back at the UNM Soccer Complex next weekend to host the Nike Classic, Sept. 2-4. New Mexico will take on the University of Alabama Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The earlier match at 4 p.m., will be between Eastern Washington and Akron.
Head coach Kit Vela on tonight's game: "It's kind of anticlimactic. I knew in the first half it was going to be chaotic and Montana's style is hard to play against, but we did OK. We actually had some tremendous opportunities to score. I thought we played well in the second half. I thought we played well in the first overtime. I think in the second overtime we were thinking let's just get through this and not lose. The good thing about tonight's game is that wasn't the best we can play. I've seen us play better during preseason, but it was a good opening game in the sense that we did some great things and we did some not so great things. Now we can go back and work on it for the next game."