Lobo Women's Soccer Kicks Off Season Against Montana and Nebraska
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/20/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 20, 2010

  • Game Notes - vs. Montana and Nebraska

    Today: Montana, 7 p.m., UNM Soccer Complex
    Up Next: Nebraska, Sunday, Aug. 22, 12 p.m., UNM Soccer Complex
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    The University of New Mexico women's soccer team opens the 2010 season this weekend as they take on the Montana Grizzlies on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. MT and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday, Aug. 22 at Noon at the UNM Soccer Complex. Head coach Kit Vela and her staff return 20 letterwinners and 10 starters to the pitch in 2010 as they begin their quest to the program's first conference championship and first NCAA Women's College cup berth.

    All Lobo women's soccer home matches will be streamed live through Lobo.TV on www.GoLobos.com. Live stats will be available through GameTracker on www.GoLobos.com for all women's soccer home matches.

    Friday's match will be the fifth meeting between the two teams. The Lobos trail the series 0-3-1 with the last outing on Aug. 26, 2005 ending in a 0-0 double over- time tie in Albuquerque, N.M.

    The Grizzlies lost a 1-0 decision to Carroll on Saturday in an exhibition match at Helena, Mont. The Saints' Rachael Lowe scored the match's only goal in the 24th minute of action. Montana finished the 2009 season 4-13-1 and 4-2-1 in Big Sky competition.

    Sunday's match will be the first-ever meeting between Nebraska and the Lo- bos. The Lobos are 6-13-2 against schools from the Big 12.

    Following its 15th winning season in the past 16 years and a fourth-place Big 12 finish, Nebraska brings back nine starters for the 2010 season and is poised to make a run at the top of the conference. The Huskers return 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year Morgan Marlborough. As a freshman, Marlborough led the league with 21 goals and guided Nebraska to an 11-5-4 season. She is joined by another all-conference selection in junior midfielder/forward Molly Thomas. Together, the duo accounted for 47 percent of Nebraska's scoring last season, which ranked second in the NCAA with 3.10 goals per game.

    Friday night marks the start of the 18th season of Lobos women's soccer. UNM is 8-5-4 in season openers all-time. Head coach Kit Vela has a 3-3-3 record in season openers at UNM. Last year, the Lobos beat Idaho State 2-0 to start the season. UNM proceeded to go 8-0-2 to start the 2009 season.

    The Lobos return first team all-Mountain West Conference selection Jennifer Williams among 20 letterwinners and 10 starters. In 2009, Williams broke the UNM record for shots takein in a season with 79 and tied for first with 7 game-winning goals on the year.

    Head coach Kit Vela enters her 10th year at the helm of the women's soccer program. Since coming on in 2001, Vela has led the Lobos to the MWC Tournament eight out of nine years and has reached the championship match twice. In 2001, Vela was awarded the MWC Coach of the Year honor. Vela's squads have earned five consecutive winning seasons and are a force to be reckoned with in the MWC.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Kelli Cornell is coming off an impressive freshman season where she started every game for the Lobos. In her first season, Cornell compiled a record of 13-5-3 with a single season record of 13 shutouts. She also topped the single season goals against average record list with a GAA of 0.69.

    The Lobos scored an impressive 3-2 victory over Texas Tech on Aug. 14 in an exhibition match at the UNM Soccer Complex. New Mexico trailed 2-0 after 70 minutes but exploded for three goals in a 15-minute stretch to come away with the victory. Senior forward Kate Wyrick scored twice in 10 minutes to tie it at 2-2, then junior forward Jennifer Williams scored the game-winner in the 86th minute.

  • Monday, August 17
    7:00 PM - 
    Women's Soccer
    vs. Fort Lewis (exhibition)
    Friday, August 21
    5:00 PM - 
    Women's Soccer
    at USC vs. Texas Tech
    7:30 PM - 
    Women's Soccer
    vs. Florida State
    Sunday, August 23
    10:30 AM - 
    Women's Soccer
    at USC vs. Florida State
    1:00 PM - 
    Women's Soccer
    vs. Texas Tech
    Wednesday, August 26
    6:00 PM - 
    Women's Soccer
    at New Mexico State