Sept. 26, 2004
Missoula, Mont. - Freshman Katelyn Ley gave the University of New Mexico women's soccer team the early lead against the Montana Grizzlies with a goal at the 15th minute mark,but the lone goal was not enough as the Grizzlies (4-5-1) came back with three goals of their own for the win over New Mexico (3-6-0) Sunday afternoon at Missoula, Mont.
Montana's Lindsay Winans scored the first goal for the Grizzlies at the 18th minute for the equalizer. Both teams stayed even for the remainder of the first half as neither pulled away with the lead.
The second half turned out to be more of a challenge for the young Lobos as the Grizzlies came out playing a style of soccer different from what UNM was used to seeing. Montana's offense attacked New Mexico with a long ball approach, causing UNM's defense to adjust to the nontraditional style of play. The Lobo defense held up strong against the deep passes from Montana up until the last 15 minutes of the game when Winans came back to score two more goals for the Grizzlies at the 75th and 77th minute.
The game proved to be a frustrating experience for the UNM squad as several officiating calls concerning offsides were in question on the Lobo side. UNM head coach Kit Vela saw the entire game as a tough situation for the young team.
"The playing environment was less than adequate, but the bottom line is our young team didn't take advantage of several opportunities," said Vela." We didn't put the ball in the back of the net."
The Lobos are back on the road next Sunday, October 3 when they face Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz. at noon.