Oct. 5, 2003
MORAGA, Calif. - The New Mexico women's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Saint Mary's College of California Sunday at Garaventa Field. The Lobos held the lead until the 80th minute when the Gaels scored.
Saint Mary's fired nine shots in the first half but came up empty. The Gael's fired seven shots in the second and it appeared the Lobos were going to sneak away with the 1-0 win.
Saint Mary's got a lucky break that allowed them to tie the game in the 80th minute. Lucianne Crenshaw placed a corner kick to Jen Belzer who deflected the ball towards the goal. The referee called that New Mexico sophomore Nicole McCarty saved the goal by using her hands. In fact, McCarty actually chested the ball down to her feet but then slipped in the crowded box, falling on the ball. Unfortunately, the refs did not have a clear view of the play. They gave McCarty a red card and awarded a penalty kick to the Gaels. Saint Mary's Chelsea Montero converted on the penalty kick.
The Lobos battled hard for the final 30 minutes, playing with only 10 women due to the red card.
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters made 10 saves on 24 shots. The Gaels outshot the Lobos 24-1. Saint Mary's attempted 11 corner kicks while New Mexico had none.
With the tie, New Mexico moves to 1-5-3 on the season while Saint Mary's stands at 3-6-1.
New Mexico starts its Mountain West Conference season this Friday at BYU followed by Utah on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. in Provo, Utah and 2 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah.