SAN JOSE – The Colorado College women’s soccer team came from behind to level the score twice against the University of New Mexico on Tuesday, but the Tigers were unable to do it a third time and dropped a 3-2 result in their quarterfinal game of the Mountain West Championship.
After watching CC answer each of their first-half goals, the Lobos struck for the only score of the second half and advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against the University of Wyoming.
Jill Olguin’s header off Jessica Nelson’s throw in, which snuck between the underside of the crossbar and the outstretched hands of sophomore goalkeeper Jade Odom, proved to be the difference in the game.
Nelson’s flip-throw from the left sideline landed in the box and Olguin flicked the ball into the net with a back header.
New Mexico scored 33 seconds into the game when Amelia Bierle rolled a ball through traffic from the top right corner of the box and it was kicked in by Jaelyn Hendren, who made a run toward the far post.
Senior midfielder Lauren Milliet leveled the score in the 22nd minute when she put a direct kick from the left sideline over the head of UNM goalkeeper Emily Johnson.
Jennifer Munoz gave the Lobos a 2-1 lead a little less than eight minutes later with a crossing shot from the left side of the box.
Colorado College pulled even for the second time during the final minute of the first half.
Freshman forward Kiley Suter notched her first career goal with 35 seconds remaining before the break when she knocked in Milliet’s corner kick that was lofted perfectly into the mixer.
By factoring in both CC scores, Millet climbed into a tie for 11th place in program history with 16 career assists, a tie for 12th with 21 goals and sole possession of 13th place with 58 points.
The Tigers finished with an 18-11 advantage in total shots and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Milliet launched a game-high seven shots.
Odom finished with a pair of saves foe Colorado College, which finished the season with a 9-7-2 overall record.
Johnson stopped four shots for New Mexico, which improved to 12-6-2.