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Lobo Women's Soccer Wraps Up Regular Season Against UNLV on Senior Night
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/27/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 27, 2009

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico will host UNLV in its season finale at the UNM Soccer Complex this Saturday at 5 p.m. MT. Four Lobos will don the Cherry and Silver for the final time at home on senior night. Seniors Megan Bodenheimer, Katie McKernan, Veronika Strnadova and Jess Quador will be honored before the match for their hard work and dedication to the Lobo women's soccer program.

Saturday night is Halloween and New Mexico will host Kick or Treat Night at the UNM Soccer Complex. All kids wearing costumes can purchase tickets for only $2.

Tickets are are $5 for adults and youth tickets are $3.

The Lobos will travel to Provo, Utah for the Mountain West Conference tournament on Nov. 4-7. The pairings for the quarterfinals will be announced on Sunday. The Lobos are currently in fifth place facing a potential rematch with fourth place Utah. Both the semifinal and championship matches will be televised live on national television on the Mountain Sports Network.

HEAD COACH Kit Vela's WEEKLY ADDRESS

"We are excited about our final home game. We have four great seniors who will be graduating and they have done a great job for us. This will be a great tribute to them to play their last home match. Every school has a senior night but it's a great tribute here at the UNM Soccer Complex. I'm sure the stands will be packed just like they always are."

"UNLV is a very good soccer team. Our team never takes them lightly. I think that it will be a great match between the teams. The goal is to come out on top in front of our last home crowd this season.

LIVE STATS AND VIDEO

All Lobo women's soccer home matches will be streamed live through Lobo.TV on www.GoLobos.com. Lobo women's soccer Sports Information Director Daniel Archuleta will provide play-by-play and former Lobo great Shannon Adragna will add color commentary. Live stats will be available through Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com for all women's soccer home matches.

WEATHER REPORT

Saturday's weather call's for mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 60's.

UP FOR GRABS

With their tickets already punched to the Mountain West Conference Tournament, the Lobos will look to improve their seeding with a positive result over UNLV. A win for the Lobos and a loss by Wyoming and Utah would catapult New Mexico two spots and into the third position behind BYU and San Diego State. However a loss or tie for the Lobos would keep them in the fifth spot, but still assures them a spot at the table for the conference tournament.

CORNELL SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR SHUTOUTS IN A SEASON

Redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell has played beyond her years this season as the Lobos' No. 1 goalkeeper. The San Clemente, Calif., native has posted 11 shutouts in her rookie season and has set a new all-time mark at UNM. Cornell's 11 career shutouts also rank her fifth place all-time. Her 11 wins on the season are the third most in school history in a single season. Cornell's 11 career wins rank her sixth all-time at UNM.

SENIOR SEND OFF

The University of New Mexico women's soccer team will see four seniors take part in their last home match's this Saturday against UNLV. Megan Bodenheimer, Katie McKernan, Veronika Strnadova and Jess Quador will lace up for the final time at the UNM Soccer Complex. Each of the departing seniors has been a valued asset on and off the field.

IN THE NCAA RANKINGS

The Lobos' main contributors on offense and defense have not only blazed a trail to the top of the conference ranking's, but have also netted national recognition as well.

Sophomore Jennifer Williams is ranked No. 39 in the nation for her 1.50 points per game average. She also is ranked in a tie for 58th place for goals per game with a 0.56 average.

In only her first season in net for the Lobos, redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell is ranked 48th in the country for her 0.75 goals-allowed average.

As a team New Mexico is ranked 14th in the nation with a .611 shutout percentage.

IN THE NATIONAL RPI

As of Oct. 20 the Lobos' 11-3-2 record has placed them in the top-75 in the country with 72 RPI ranking. New Mexico has the third-highest RPI in the conference behind No. 11 BYU (27) and San Diego State (47). The Lobos face three teams in the top-100 including BYU, SDSU and Utah (91).

WILLIAMS MOVING UP THE CAREER LADDER

Sophomore Jennifer Williams is off to a tremendous start. In 16 matches the Moreno Valley, Calif., native has scored 10 goals and dished out seven` assists for a total of 27 points. Williams also is climbing the ranks of the UNM record book. The game-winner against Utah on Oct. 17 put her in a tie for first place all-time at UNM for game-winners in a season. The game-winner on Oct. 3 against TCU was Williams' seventh game-winner of her career and puts her in third place all-time at UNM. Williams' 27 total points this season, gives her sole possession of fifth place all-time. Her 14 career goals puts Williams in a tie for sixth place all-time.

NEW MEXICO RANKED SECOND IN ATTENDANCE

The UNM Soccer Complex is the second-hottest destination to watch women's soccer in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico is averaging 1,523 fans through the turnstiles and has had 12,181 total fans come through the gates. The Lobos rank second behind BYU.

SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST UNLV

New Mexico trails in the all-time series against UNLV 7-5-1. Last season the Lobos played the Rebels twice, once in the regular season and in the MWC tournament quarterfinals. On Oct. 31, 2008 the Lobos snatched a 2-1 victory from the Rebels in Las Vegas and earned a berth into the MWC tournament. Less than a week later on Nov. 5, 2008 the Lobos would suffer a 1-1 tie in which the Rebels advanced on penalty kicks. The Lobos haven't defeated the Rebels in Albuquerque since a 1-0 decision on Oct. 24, 2003. The Rebels last win in Albuquerque was a on Oct. 10, 2007 in a 1-0 overtime victory.

SCOUTING UNLV

UNLV is 5-8-5 on the season and 1-4-1 in MWC play. The Rebels are coached by Katherine Mertz (NC State `98), who is 49-38-19 as the UNLV head coach. UNLV is led offensively by Jenna Larkin who has three goals on the season. The Rebels also have 2008 first team All-MWC performer Ashleigh Shoughro who has scored two goals on the season and dished out two assists.

In between the pipes is Alicia Lugo who has posted a record of 5-8-5 on the season. Lugo has given up 20 goals on the season and has a goals-allowed average of 1.04. Lugo is ranked first in the MWC with 91 saves and is second in save percentage (.820).

The Rebels return 19 letterwinners with 8 starters from last years squad.

MOUNTAIN WEST STATISTICS

The Lobos are the fourth best offense in the Mountain West with 79 points scored. New Mexico also leads in assists with 26.

Sophomore Jennifer Williams is at the top of the MWC and is second with ten goals on the season. Williams is ranked second in points (27) and first in game-winners (7). She is tied for first in assists (7).

Redshirt freshman Kelli Cornell leads the league in shutouts (11) and is second in goals-allowed average (0.75).

Sophomores Nicole Reed and Jael Fanning are ranked fifth and ninth respectively in assists. Reed has dished out five assists and Fanning has added four.

LAST MATCHES

The Lobos went 0-1-1 in California this weekend. The Lobos dropped a hard fought 3-1 decision to San Diego State on Oct. 23. True freshman Sinead Fleming scored her first career goal on her first career shot on the Lobos' lone goal of the match. Sophomore Jennifer Williams served up the corner kick that Fleming headed in.

On Sunday, Oct. 25 the Lobos tied Cal State Fullerton 0-0 in double overtime. Freshman keeper Kelli Cornell set a new school record by posting her 11th shutout of the season. The previous record of 10 shutouts in a season was set in 2002 by Kristen Winters.

SDSU Notes:

  • The three goals by SDSU was the second time this season the Lobos have given up three goals.
  • Freshman Sinead Fleming is the third true freshman to score for the Lobos this season.
  • Sophomore Jennifer Williams is tied for fourth place all-time at UNM for assists in a season with seven.

    Cal State Fullerton Notes:

  • Freshman goalkeeper Kelli Cornell broke an eight-year school record by earning her 11th shutout on the season. The previous best was set in 2002 by Kristen Winters with 10 shutouts.

    GOAL PRODUCTION

    This season the Lobos have found the back of the net 26 times. Twelve different players have scored goals including Jennifer Williams (10), Zaneta Wyne (3), Nicole Reed (2), Rachel Fields (2), Alexis Ball (1), Kate Wyrick (1), Sinead Fleming (1), Jael Fanning (1), Jordan Craig (1), Elizabeth Lambert (1), Shelbie Luna (1), Stephanie Rowe (1) and Jess Quador (1). The Lobos have scored 26 goals and are outscoring their opponents 26-14.

    A TRADITION OF WINNING

    Head coach Kit Vela is entering her ninth year at the helm of the women's soccer program. Since coming on in 2001, Vela has led the Lobos to the MWC Tournament seven out of eight years and has reached the championship match twice. In 2001 Vela was awarded the MWC Coach of the Year award.

    Vela's squads have earned four consecutive winning seasons and are a force to be reckoned with in the MWC. Last season Vela earned her 50th career victory in a 1-0 decision over Drake on Sept. 5. Her first victory came in dramatic fashion as the Lobos stunned then No. 12 Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on Sept. 30, 2001.

    LOBOS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN MWC PRESEASON POLL

    The University of New Mexico women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth this season by the conference head coaches. The Lobos were picked to finish sixth last year and ended the season in a tie for fourth place with UNLV. The top six teams at the end of the season get invited to the conference tournament which will be hosted by BYU in Provo, Utah.

    SENIORS SHINE

    Two seniors will wear the Cherry and Silver for the final time. Jess Quador and Veronika Strnadova are the two lone seniors on the Lobo roster. Quador came to UNM as a transfer from Colorado last season. She has become one of the on-field leaders on the backline and of the entire team.

    Strnadova has shown the heart of a lion. She has faced adversity in the form of an knee injury before the 2008 season. After a successful surgery, Strnadova was able to make a full recovery and is at 100 percent for her senior season.

    WILLIAMS DOES IT AGAIN

    Sophomore Jennifer Williams has scored the Lobos' first goal of the season for the second season in a row. Williams took a ball from fellow sophomore Nicole Reed and used her speed to fly past the Idaho State backline. After forcing the ISU keeper off her line, Williams put the ball in between the keeper and the near post for the score in the 12th minute.

    Last season Williams, as a true freshman, took a cross from senior Hannah Hand and headed top shelf for the Lobos first goal of the 2008 season and the first of her very bright career.

    BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

    New Mexico welcomes 11 incoming freshmen to the squad this fall. Hailing from Southern California are goalkeeper Sydney George, defenders Sinead Fleming and Lauren Irwin, and midfielders Shelbie Luna and Channing Perea. From the Land of Enchantment are midfielders Kelly Angerosa, Ashley Espinoza and Rachel Montoya. From Colorado are midfielders Chandler Guetz and Stephanie Rowe. Out of Utah is utility player Melanie Ward.

    The strong group of freshmen all have the talent to see immediate playing time in coach Vela's system. Each new Lobo brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and prior accomplishments.

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