Aug. 31, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - In their first complete game of the season, the New Mexico women's soccer team fell 2-1 in overtime at Oklahoma today. The Lobos started the season Friday night at Texas Tech but the game was cancelled after the first half due to lightening and heavy rain.
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters stopped a shot by Oklahoma's Savannah Scott but teammate Logan Womack picked up the rebound and scored the game winning goal at the 99:43 minute mark.
"They are a ranked team in our region," said head coach Kit Vela. "To come out losing 2-1 in overtime says a lot about our team. We are young, but talented."
Freshman forward Kristine Sweat scored her first collegiate goal and the only goal of the game for New Mexico in the second with the assist from junior midfielder LeAnne Hendren. Sweat had five shots on the day.
Oklahoma's Becky Nelson started the scoring in the first beating Winters one-on-one with an assist from Michelle Enos. That was the only goal Winters would let by her in regulation making six saves in the first and two in the second.
"We played poor in the first half at Oklahoma," Vela said. "We didn't believe we could play in the first half but we showed we could compete in the second and in overtime."
The Lobos were more organized defensively in the second, holding the Sooners to only five shots compared to the 10 shots taken in the first."
Coach Vela credits the effort of senior midfielder Erchen Theys with the Lobos second half success saying she stabilized the midfield. Theys, who did not start the game because she is still recovering from a partially torn lateral cruciate ligament, played the entire second half and overtime.
Oklahoma outshot the Lobos 18-10. Winters allowed only two goals with nine saves.
Next up for New Mexico is the Nike Classic Tournament at UC-Irvine Sept. 5-7. The Lobos play UC-Irvine Friday at 8 p.m. and CSU-Fullerton on Sunday at 11 a.m.