Oct. 26, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico women's soccer team (2-9-4, 1-3-1 MWC) ended its last home game of the season in a 0-0 tie with San Diego State (7-8-2, 2-2-1 MWC), Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos set new team season records for most ties, with 4, and overtime games, with seven.
The game was controlled by the defenses with New Mexico attempting only 17 shots to San Diego States 16. The first shot of the game was not taken until the middle of the 11th minute by the Aztecs. The Lobos then went on a shooting spree, getting off five shots and one corner kick between the 12th and the 25th minute.
San Diego State came alive at the end of the first attempting four shots and two corner kicks in the last five minutes. The Aztecs almost scored when Jessica Korpela headed a shot in the 40th minute but it hit halfway up the post and bouned out of bounds.
The second half went much like the first. New Mexico applied pressure to start the half while San Diego State ended the half with momentum on its side. The Lobos again got off five quick shots in the first four minutes but couldn't convert with two being blocked and one saved by Aztec goalie Stephanie Pearson. San Diego had a chance to score in the final minute when Ashley Cooper took a corner kick and placed it right to Jen Klunder. Klunder took the shot but it was saved by Lobo junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters.
Overtime resembled regulation play with New Mexico starting out with lots of intensity. San Diego State managed to keep the Lobos in check and work momentum back to its side. It appeared as though the Aztecs were about to end the game with just seconds remaining in overtime when Kim Castellanos made a shot on goal but the Lobos made a team save. Teammate Gina Salinas picked up the rebound and fired in a shot as the horn was about to sound but Winters made an impressive save, grabbing the ball and then falling on it.
In double overtime, the Lobos played aggressive the entire time and limited the Aztecs to only one shot. New Mexico attempted three including two by senior midfielder Erchen Theys which were saved by Pearson. Both Pearson and Winters had five saves in the game.
The Lobos will finish conference play this Friday when they travel to face Air Force at 3 p.m.