Oct. 11, 2005
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team returns home this weekend for two more Mountain West Conference games against San Diego State and defending conference champions UNLV. The Lobos (4-4-3, 1-1 MWC) will first face the Aztecs (9-6, 1-1 MWC) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. and will then take on the Rebels (7-4-3, 2-0 MWC), Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon. Both matches will be held at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobo men will also be playing the same day following each women's game. For ticket information, call 925-LOBO.
GameTracker will be available for both games. To access GameTracker, go to www.GoLobos.com and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the GameTracker links for each game.
SWEAT NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- New Mexico junior forward Kristine Sweat was named Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career for the week of Oct. 10.
Sweat (Concord, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal in the Lobos' 1-0 upset over No. 6 BYU in Provo, Utah Thursday, Oct. 6 in the first conference game of the season (junior midfielder Eryn Paetz had the assist). She also had a game-tying goal in the Lobos' close loss to Utah in Salt Lake City Saturday, Oct. 8. Sweat started both games over the weekend, playing the full 90 minutes against the Cougars and 87 minutes against the Utes. In two games, she produced five shots, four on goal, and collected her fourth and fifth goals of the season. Sweat currently leads the team with 31 shots through 11 games, and moved up to eighth all-time with 90 career shots.
Sweat also leads the team with five goals on the season.
This is the second weekly honor for the Lobo squad this season. In September, senior goalkeeper Kristen Winters was named MWC Player of the Week for the second time in her career.
More Sweat Facts: Sweat has more than doubled her 2004 season shot total of 14 with 31 shots so far this year. She has also surpassed the number of goals in the last two years combined (4).
San Diego State started conference competition with a 1-0 loss to Wyoming and a 3-1 victory over Air Force.
The Aztecs carry an overall 9-6-0 record going into this Friday's game against the Lobos. In road games, SDSU is 4-3.
Top scorer is midfielder Jen Mello. She leads the Aztecs with seven goals and also has one assist.
SDSU goalkeeper Christi Yount has seen the most action in goal. She has 35 saves, 11 goals allowed and posts a 1.09 GAA.
Last season, the Aztecs defeated the Lobos 1-0 in overtime at San Diego, Calif. in regular season play and also defeated them 2-0 in the first game of the MWC tournament. SDSU leads UNM 7-3-2 in the all-time series.
UNLV is so far undefeated in conference after grabbing shutouts over Air Force, 2-0 and Wyoming, 1-0 last weekend. Overall, the Rebels are 7-4-3 and are 4-2-1 in road games.
UNLV pays a visit to TCU on Friday before coming to the UNM Soccer Complex on Sunday.
Leading UNLV scorer is Katie Carney with five goals. She also carries a second best three assists.
UNLV's main goalkeeper senior Jenna Huff has been injured with a broken foot for most of the season. Taking over, has been 5-10 freshman Ciera Nero. Nero has played in 13 of 14 games so far this season and has made a total of 55 saves. She currently holds a 0.81 GAA.
Last season, the Rebels won the regular season conference title with a 12-5-2 record and were an NCAA participant.
UNM leads the all-time series against UNLV, 4-3. In 2004, UNLV defeated the Lobos 2-1 at Las Vegas, Nev.
The Lobos caused a stir in Provo, Utah last Saturday with a 1-0 upset over the No. 6 Cougars. The big win also churned out plenty of interesting facts:
The win over No. 6 BYU is UNM's biggest upset over an opponent in school history
The last time the Lobos defeated BYU was in 2001 at Provo, head coach Kit Vela's first season. New Mexico also defeated No. 12 Kentucky in the same year, which was the last time the Lobos have defeated a ranked team. The Lobos were the first team to give BYU its first loss of the season. The game was also the first time BYU has trailed its opponent.
The Lobos are 2-1 in Provo against BYU, under head coach Kit Vela. Prior to Vela's arrival in 2001, UNM had posted a 0-3 record at South Field.
The Lobo defense shut down BYU's powerful offense by holding the Cougars to a season low nine shots. BYU entered the weekend averaging 18 shots a game.
The Cougars have averaged 19 shots in their other seven home games this year, including 23 in their most recent game against TCU.
UNM's defense limited BYU's Jamie Beck, Katie Larkin and Carolyn Swenson to just three shots in the game. The trio was averaging a combined 7.4 shots/game before entering the game against New Mexico.
It's the first time the Cougars have been handed a scoreless loss at home in 12 games. Arizona handed them a 1-0 loss on Sept. 23, 2004.
CONFERENCE QUICK HITS
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.
The Lobos are back on the road one last time in the regular season to face Wyoming and Air Force, Oct. 21-23. New Mexico travels to Laramie, Wyo. first and will then make its way down to Colorado Springs, Colo.
Last game of the season will be at home as New Mexico takes on TCU Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT The 2005 Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Championship will be played at Peter Johann Memorial Field on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 2-5, 2005. The winner of the conference tournament receives the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.