UNM Olympic Sports Recap, Sept. 3, 2012

The New Mexico women's soccer team and volleyball teams swept their ways to wins on the road over the weekend while the men's soccer team bounced split a pair of games and the men's and women's cross country teams made good showings on Friday night on their home course.

UNM women defeat SMU and top Texas in Austin
The UNM women's soccer team traveled to Austin, Texas and came away with their first two wins of the season, overwhelming Southern Methodist 4-1 on Friday and coming back to defeat host Texas 2-1 in the second half of overtime Sunday.

On Friday, the Lobos scored three goals in an 11 minute stretch early in the first half then added a goal late to swamp the Lady Mustangs. Rachael Montoya and Natalie Jenks each scored a goal and assisted while Brianna Webster scored The Opening goal and Jordan Craig capped the treble of first half goals.

On Sunday, Craig – who was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week on Monday – brought the Lobos back from the brink of defeat, scoring a goal in the final seconds of regulation then scoring the game winner just three minutes into the second half of overtime to give UNM the road victory.

The Lobos, who stand at 2-3-1 on the season, head on the road again next weekend, visiting Georgia on Friday and Florida on Sunday.

UNM volleyball sweep through Tiger Invitational in Savannah. Ga.

The UNM volleyball team went 4-0 at the Tiger Invitational in Savannah, Ga., sweeping North Carolina-Asheville and Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday and Kennesaw St. and host Savannah St. on Saturday.

On Friday morning against UNC-Asheville, the Lobos won the first two sets then trailed 14-5 in the third set before going on a 20-point run to close out the set and match, 25-14. On Friday afternoon, UNM dropped the first set to the Hawks before sweeping the next three sets to give Maryland-Eastern Shore its first loss of the year.

Saturday morning dispatched Kennesaw St. in three sets by outhitting the Owls 41-20. Saturday afternoon UNM produced another dominating performance, beating the host Tigers in three straight sets to move to 7-1 on the season.

For her efforts on the weekend, hitter Chantale Riddle earned the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors. Riddle averaged 4.45 kills, 2.55 digs and 0.91 blocks per set, while hitting .370 over the weekend. She averaged 5.27 points per set over 11 total sets.

No. 3 UNM men lose to Tulsa, top No. 20 SMU at Tulsa Invitational
The UNM men's soccer team split a pair of games at the Tulsa Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. over the weekend. The Lobos fell 2-1 in overtime to the Golden Hurricane Friday but bounced back to defeat No. 20 Southern Methodist Sunday.

On Friday, Tulsa broke a 1-1 tie just 2 minutes into overtime to hand UNM its first defeat since 2010 when the Golden Hurricane's Bryce Follensbee put a rebound back into the net. Lobo Matthew Gibbons gave the Lobos a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute but Tulsa found the equalizer just two minutes later on a penalty kick after New Mexico's Travis Campbell picked up a red card.

On Sunday, outshot SMU an impressive 22-6 and scored a pair of goals within 10 minutes of each other midway through the second half to grab the win.
Adrian Mora Delgado pulled UNM even with a goal in the 24th minute after the
Mustangs assumed a 1-0 lad in the 18th minute. Blake Smith scored the game winner in the 66th on an open net shot and Devon Sandoval added an insurance goal in the 76th.
New Mexico opens its home slate against Alabama-Birmingham next Friday at 7 p.m. at UNM Soccer/Track Complex.

Lobos shine under the lights in Lobo Invitational
The Lobo men and women ran under the lights for the first time at UNM's North Golf Course Friday night and did well, placing several runners in the top ten.

"The first meet of the year is really interesting because you don't know what you're going to get," said head coach Joe Franklin. "We didn't know what running at night was going to be like. From a team standpoint, it was really positive and a lot of good things happened."

The Lobo women captured four of the top six spots with Josephine Moultrie placing highest in third with a time 18:36.0. Sean Stam paced the Lobo men, finishing in fourth with a time of 19:14 and the only top-ten finisher.

The Lobos next meet is Sept. 17 at New Mexico State's Kachina Classic.

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