Oct. 10, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- New Mexico junior forward Kristine Sweat has been named Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career announced today by the league office.
Sweat (Concord, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal in the Lobos' 1-0 upset over No. 6 BYU in Provo, Utah Thursday, Oct. 6 in the first conference game of the season. She also had a game-tying goal in the Lobos' close loss to Utah in Salt Lake City Saturday, Oct. 8. Sweat started both games over the weekend, playing the full 90 minutes against the Cougars and 87 minutes against the Utes. In two games, she produced five shots, four on goal, and collected her fourth and fifth goals of the season. Sweat currently leads the team with 31 shots through 11 games, and moved up to eighth all-time with 90 career shots.
The win over No. 6 BYU was UNM's biggest upset over an opponent in school history. The last time the Lobos defeated BYU was in 2001 at Provo, head coach Kit Vela's first season. New Mexico also defeated No. 12 Kentucky in the same year, which was the last time the Lobos have defeated a ranked team.
New Mexico was the first team to give BYU its first loss of the season. The game was also the first time BYU has trailed its opponent.
The Lobos are 2-1 in Provo against BYU, under Vela. Prior to Vela's arrival in 2001, UNM had posted a 0-3 record at South Field.
This is the second weekly honor for the Lobo squad. In September, senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was named MWC Player of the Week for the second time in her career.