Sept. 18, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz.- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team earned its third tie of the season after going head-to-head with No. 22 University of Arizona Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Arizona Classic. The match ended even at 1-1 after 110 minutes of play. The Lobos are now 2-2-3 while the Wildcats are 4-1-2.
New Mexico junior midfielder Kellee Hafner tied the game with less than eight minutes to go in the second half on a rope that flew over the keeper's head. It was Hafner's first goal of the season and second career. Freshman Asha Richardson was credited with her first career assist.
Arizona's goal was executed off a corner kick made at the 35:59 minute mark in the first half. Midfielder Mallory Miller had the goal with London King making the assist.
In the two overtimes, both teams were even, leaving little chance for a victory. The 1-1 tie is the Lobos' best effort against a ranked team since their 1-0 win over No. 12 Kentucky in 2001, UNM head coach Kit Vela's first season.
Earlier today in the Arizona Classic, Cal State Fullerton defeated Mountain West Conference member and 25th-ranked Utah 4-0. Fullerton went undefeated in the tournament as it also defeated the Lobos 2-0 on Friday. Utah also lost to Arizona on Friday, falling 1-0 in overtime.
New Mexico is back on the road next Friday as it travels to Reno, Nev. to face the Nevada Wolfpack at 6 p.m. The Lobos then return home for a noon Sunday match at the UNM Soccer Complex against Idaho.
Quotes from UNM head coach Kit Vela: "This was a great weekend for us. I thought all four teams made for an outstanding tournament. We were the least experienced out of the four and I couldn't be happier with our results. Arizona is a strong, consistent team, but I thought we looked just as good today. We were very dominant in the first half and Kellee's goal in the second was amazing. Overall, the tournament was a good experience for us."