Oct. 25, 2007
PROVO, Utah --- New Mexico women's soccer battled San Diego State to a scoreless draw Thursday night at South Stadium in Provo, Utah. The Lobos outshot the Aztecs, 13-7, and moved to 7-4-4 overall and 1-2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU goes to 8-6-3 on the year and 3-1-1 in the conference.
"This team played hard for 110 minutes and battled tonight," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "We are a young team and that showed tonight. We are had opportunities but couldn't take advantage. I think we are still trying to find ourselves. Hannah Hand played very well tonight and is starting to come into her own. We need to get prepared for BYU Saturday."
UNM controlled the majority of the opening period firing six shots including three on goal. The Lobos held the Aztecs to only two shots in the first half but the match remained scoreless at the break.
New Mexico junior Hannah Hand nearly gave the Lobos a 1-0 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. Hand received a pass from Utah native Jennifer Nielsen and had a one-on-one with SDSU keeper Aubree Southwick. Hand drilled a shot that was bound for the net but Southwick came up with the big save.
In the second half, Lobo goalkeeper Shannon Adragna kept the game scoreless with just over 30 minutes left when SDSU's Lisa Nielsen fired a shot from eight yards out. Adragna came through for New Mexico and made her first save of the match.
With 20 minutes left in the match, Hand burned by two Aztec defenders to get another one-on-one with Southwick. Southwick came through with another stop for SDSU. Three minutes later, Hand struck again forcing Southwick to make yet another save.
Despite a tremendous effort by the Lobos the match remained scoreless at the end of regulation. UNM had 11 shots at the end of the second half compared to six by the Aztecs.
Nielsen for UNM had the only solid scoring opportunity in the first overtime period but the match headed into the final overtime period scoreless.
Both teams had one scoring chance in the final overtime but nothing found the net. Junior Kaci Paetz had a header for New Mexico but it ended up high.
Hand led New Mexico with five shots and three on goal. Altogether, UNM had seven of its 13 shots on goal. Adragna finished the match with two saves.
The match was played in Provo, Utah due to the recent fires in San Diego, Calif. BYU hosted the neutral event.
New Mexico returns to action Saturday at BYU. The match is slated to start at 7p.m. and will be played at South Stadium. The match will be available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.