UC Women?s Soccer Drops Season Opener
New Mexico scores opening day victory
Contact: Shawn Sell
UC Head Women's Soccer Coach Meridy Glenn
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.?New Mexico exploded for a pair of second half goals to break a scoreless halftime tie and hand the University of Cincinnati women?s soccer team a 2-0 defeat in the opening contest of the Bearcats? 2004 schedule.
The Lobos cracked the scoreboard at the 53:52 mark of the contest when Jordan Johnson gathered in an Eryn Paetz pass and beat UC keeper Tracy Hale for a 1-0 New Mexico lead. UNM iced the victory with a Kristine Sweat goal in the 88th minute against Sherry Slye. Sweat, who led New Mexico with three goals last season, was unassisted on the play.
?I thought the first half was played fairly even,? said Bearcat head coach Meridy Glenn. ?They played a different style than we were used to and we had to adjust. In the second half we had three or four near misses that were real heartbreakers. I think for us we have to get fired up from the get go and stop turning the ball over. We have a tough job tomorrow in playing back-to-back days, but we will learn from it.?
New Mexico held a sizable advantage in shots, as they topped the Bearcats by an 18-8 margin. The Bearcats managed just one shot in the first 45 minutes, against eight by the Lobos, but rebounded to cut the deficit to 10 shots to seven in the second half.
The Bearcats, now 0-1 on the season, will be back in action tomorrow when they battle host Purdue in a match scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. CT. The contest will mark the season-opener for the Boilermakers who advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2003.