Oct. 7, 2001
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Washington State soccer team won for the fifth time in six matches by beating New Mexico 2-1 in overtime Sunday.
"This was a nice way to finish our trip," Cougar head coach Dan Tobias said. "We played two good games at altitude and it was great that we got two good results."
Two of WSU's top scoring threats, junior Katrina Stroh and freshman Cailan McCutchan helped the Cougars get on the board first, 31:40 into the match. McCutchan dished to Stroh, who was knocked down by a Lobo defender to set up a penalty kick, which Stroh converted to give Washington State a one-goal advantage heading into the intermission.
The Lobos came out firing in the second half, catching the Cougars off-guard early in the period with a goal from Michelle Nowfel.
"We just caught a little flat footed and they scored 2:46 into the second half," Tobias said. "But for the rest of the half, we had good possessions and had most of the run of play."
The Cougars had trouble finishing scoring opportunities throughout the rest of the period and New Mexico, who defeated then No. 12 Kentucky last weekend, forced overtime.
WSU proved its mettle just eight minutes into the extra timeframe, with sophomore Kim Morgan knocking in a goal just outside the top of the box to give the Cougars the victory. Rodrick was credited with the assist on the game-winning score.
"New Mexico was a good team," Tobias said. "They defended very well and were very opportunistic. It was a difficult game. They are going to beat some teams in their conference."
The Cougars outshot the Lobos 16-7, including four by Stroh and three by Rodrick, and held a 6-1 advantage on corner kicks. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen made three saves.
After dropping their first two contests of the season to St. Mary's and UNLV, the Cougars are starting to look like the team that posted a 5-4 Pac-10 record and reached the NCAA tournament a year ago. The win brings Washington State's season record to 5-3-0, while New Mexico dropped to 1-7-1.
The Cougars travel to Seattle next Saturday for a match against cross-state rival Washington at 5 p.m.
"We like the results we got this weekend and we've got the Huskies to open up Pac-10 play. We are very excited about that," Tobias said.