Oct. 26, 2005
The New Mexico women's soccer team will play its final game of the regular season Saturday, Oct. 29 as it hosts Mountain West Conference competitor TCU at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos (5-6-4, 2-3-1 MWC) will take on the Horned Frogs (6-9-0, 1-5 MWC) starting at 7 p.m. Call 925-LOBO for ticket information.
GameTracker of Saturday night's game will be available on www.GoLobos.com. To access live stats of the game, find the GameTracker link toward the bottom of the site's front page on the sports schedule.
COMING UP: MWC TOURNAMENT TIME
Next week, New Mexico travels to Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2005 Mountain West Conference Tournament. The championship will be played at Peter Johann Memorial Field on the campus of UNLV Nov. 2-5. The winner of the conference tournament receives the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Fans can follow the tournament online at www.TheMWC.com. The conference web site will feature live stats, box scores and recaps of each match.
Conference newcomer TCU enters this Saturday's match against UNM with a 1-5 record in the MWC after defeating Air Force 2-1 and falling to Wyoming 2-0 last weekend.
The Horned Frogs carry an overall record of 6-9-0 and are in seventh place in the conference ranks.
TCU's biggest losses in conference play have come against BYU (4-0) and San Diego State (3-0).
TCU is coached by former UNLV head coach Dan Abdalla. Last season, Abdalla led UNLV to its first MWC regular season title with a 5-1 mark. In addition, Abdalla was named MWC Coach of the Year. The Rebels received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament the same year.
Sophomore forward Bjarnveig Birgisdottir (Kopavogur, Iceland) is TCU's leading scorer with five goals.
The Horned Frogs are 2-4 in road games this season.
The Lobos hold a 4-1-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Horned Frogs. The last time the two teams met was in 1998 when TCU defeated UNM 2-0 at TCU.
TCU became the newest member of the MWC beginning with the 2005-06 athletic season after being a member of Conference USA.
LOBOS AT HOME
New Mexico is currently 3-2-3 at home this season. The Lobos have yet to beat a conference rival at home as all three home wins happened during non-conference play.
Last weekend the Lobos played Wyoming and Air Force on the road. New Mexico fell to Wyoming 1-0 in double overtime and defeated Air Force 2-1.
The loss to Wyoming was the first time this season the Lobos have been defeated in double overtime. New Mexico's four other double overtime games this year have either resulted in a scoreless tie or concluded with a 1-1 score.
In the game against the Falcons, Lobo defender Alanna Abeyta had the first goal to give the Lobos the early lead in the first half. Junior midfielder Kellee Hafner came in the second half to polish off the Lobos' win with a 20 yard goal over the keeper's head.
Utah Captures MWC Championship Title: The University of Utah women's soccer team claimed the MWC regular season championship title after going undefeated over the weekend. Although conference regular season competition is not over, Utah's perfect 6-0 record allows the Utes to collect the conference title early. BYU was the closest team to making a run for the title, but fell short with a 4-1-1 record.
SENIOR SEND OFF
Not only is it the Lobos' last home and regular season game this Saturday, but it is also seniors Nicole McCarty, Nicole Pitcock and Kristen Winters' last home and regular season game of their collegiate careers.
Here is a look at New Mexico's three seniors and this season's team captains:
Nicole McCarty Defender Mission Viejo, Calif.
McCarty came to the Lobo program in 2001 as one of the Vela's first recruits...has started as a defender all four years of play...was a second team all-MWC selection in 2001...two-time academic all-MWC honoree and a MWC Scholar Athlete...has started in 61 games so far in her career as a defender...has started in every match so far this season, contributing to the Lobos' six shutouts...will graduate with a degree in Health Education.
Pitcock started off as a forward for the Lobos in her freshman and sophomore years...converted over to the defender position as a junior, bringing great speed to the backline...has started in all but one game this season in the defensive left wing position...will graduate with a degree in Exercise Science.
Kristen Winters Goalkeeper Lakewood, Colo.
Winters is ending her sixth season with the Lobos...her first two years (2000-01) with the Lobos were used to recover from a severe broken leg she suffered while playing for the Colorado Rush club team in the semifinals of the Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer National championships the summer before her freshman year at UNM...fully recovered in 2002, Winters was named the MWC Goalkeeper of the Year for her strong performances throughout the season...was an all-MWC first team honoree...has been named MWC Player of the Week twice in her career...three-time academic all-conference and a MWC Scholar Athlete...record holder for most career wins (25) and most career shutouts (22)...third on the all-time list for saves at UNM with 315...currently pursuing her master's in Policy and Planning.
ABEYTA REPRESENTS THE DEFENDERS
Junior defender Alanna Abeyta (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius HS) was the first defender this season to score a goal when she scored the first goal in the Lobos' 2-1 win over Air Force last Sunday.
Abeyta has started in every game this season as one of New Mexico's central defenders.
WHERE THEY STAND
Although New Mexico currently sits in sixth place in the MWC ranks, the Lobos have proven themselves to be more of a contender in the league compared to last season.
With out a doubt the biggest win for the Lobos in conference play this season was the 1-0 upset over 6th-ranked BYU. The Cougars were undefeated up until they met with the Lobos and have not dropped a match since their loss to New Mexico. In the same weekend, UNM went after Utah with no fear, climbing back from a 2-0 deficit before barely falling to the Utes 3-2.
It seems the only game UNM lost its momentum was in the 2-0 loss to UNLV. The 1-0 loss in double overtime to Wyoming was unlucky for the Lobos, but not at all a dominating performance by the Cowgirls. The 1-1 tie with San Diego State was another match the Lobos could have won.
Overall the Lobos stand with a 2-3-1 record heading into the last conference game this weekend, but the record does not show that New Mexico has been holding its own in the conference race and could bring an interesting dynamic to the conference tournament next week.
The Lobos made the transition from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West Conference in 1999.
New Mexico's best MWC record came in head coach Kit Vela's first two years with the Lobos. In 2001 and 2002, New Mexico finished conference play with a 3-2-1 record.
In 2002, New Mexico had its best showing at the conference tournament, advancing all the way to the championship game. The Lobos lost to BYU in the final game, 5-1.
After six years in the MWC, New Mexico is 28-37-5. Vela holds an 8-9-3 MWC record in her four years with New Mexico.
THANK YOU UNM FANS!!!
This season has been one of the best ever when it comes to New Mexico women's soccer home games and the amount of fan support in 2005. A total of 15,343 Lobos women's soccer fans have showed up at the UNM Soccer Complex to support their team in just eight home games, currently placing UNM in second place in the conference for total home attendance.