Oct. 6, 2005
PROVO, Utah- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team made a lot of noise tonight in Provo, Utah as it upset the No. 6 BYU Cougars 1-0 in both teams' first Mountain West Conference game of the season. Not only did the Lobos (4-3-3) defeat a top-10 team, but they also handed the Cougars (11-1-1) their first loss of the year.
Junior forward Kristine Sweat came up with the game-winning goal at 54:25 of the second half. With the help of savvy passing from junior midfielders Kaela Kelly and Eryn Paetz, Sweat was able to push one past BYU's keeper. Sweat now leads the team with four goals.
New Mexico's defense was forced to be on point as the Cougars came at the Lobos with nine shots, six on goal and 12 corner kick opportunities. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was put to work between the posts, making all six saves which boosted her career saves count to 306, third best in the UNM record book.
The win over BYU is the Lobos' biggest upset over a ranked team in school history. The last time UNM defeated a ranked opponent was in 2001 when New Mexico defeated No. 12 Kentucky at Kentucky. It was head coach Kit Vela's first year. That same year was also the last time UNM had a victory over the Cougars.
Vela could not have been more pleased with the way the Lobos played tonight.
"BYU is an awesome team, but we played with a lot of heart and a lot of character," said Vela. "We were unbelievable. We played our hearts out, we did everything in our power to win. Now, we need to get settled and regroup so we can be ready for Saturday's game."
The Lobos play their second MWC game this Saturday against defending MWC tournament champions Utah. The Utes (8-5) defeated TCU for their first conference match tonight. Game time for Saturday is set for 7 p.m. (MST).